Crane Mountain Loop Hike

HARD 123 reviews
#7 of 175 trails in

Crane Mountain Loop Hike is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Warrensburg, New York that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1384 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

walking

cave

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

scramble

no dogs

Beautiful Southern Adirondack trail with natural stone bridge, cliff ladders and a spring fed mountain ridge pond. Loop trail beginning at the trailhead at Ski Hi Road, Johnsburg, NY.

hiking
32 minutes ago

This is one of my all time favorite places to hike. So much fun and the views were incredible. Check out my full write up with pictures and directions.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/cranemountain

hiking
2 days ago

Views were totally worth it but the markers were missing or misleading and we were off trail for at least an hour.

hiking
7 days ago

I would have given 5 stars if we didn't end up going extremely off trail due to minimal trail markers not too far in. We went off on the "not trail" that was extremely well dug in, and there were orange ties on trees along said "not trail" which made us believe it was correct. It went up a rock face, and needless to say getting up it was hard, getting down was way worse. We ended up going two miles off trail and i had to gps track and compass our way back because we couldn't go back the same way due to it being so steep. This isn't as much as the trail's fault as my own error, but i still would have liked to see more trail markers where they are needed, just incase others make the mistake. Especially since on the "not trail" we walked right up to a copperhead snake. So, be careful! Luckily we didn't startle him and he went on his way. Making our way back to the real trail, we found where we messed up, the trail you take ends at a rock, and on your right is a well dug in dirt path that leads upwards....DO NOT go up this, go over the rock on your left and go up the hill a bit and you will see more trail markers on trees! The view made up for everything for sure. There's four-five different views at top, so make sure you see all of them!! Getting back down with rock hopping was a little rough on the knees but still way more fun than your average dirt trail. We came in by the normal trail (with the awesome 25 foot ladder! So cool!) then looped back down by Crane pond. The loop back down is way muddier, and again, on your way through, there are markers for the parking lot as you pass the pond that abruptly end and it seems like the trail is gone. They want you to follow the stream up, and you will see more. Altogether, amazing hike even with the hiccups.

7 days ago

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12 days ago

Short hike and very steep but well worth it. View is amazing from the top but was very buggy. We took red trail from traihead all the way up and back down, I don't know how anyone could have taken a dog on this hike.

18 days ago

20 days ago

Awesome hike!! Lots of variation and great scrambling. It may have been the time of year or the recent rain, but we were pretty much scrambling through waterfalls! If you do the full loop via this all trails map, it's the red trail and around the lake follow the blue trail. You'll scramble down a lot of steep areas. You'll come to a clearing with a rock face, when you get here it can be hard to find the trail. Enjoy the view and follow along the north side of the rock face to continue to find the blue trail. Enjoy!

26 days ago

One of my very very favorites. Short and sweet (steep and rocky). Lots of climbing but the views make it so worth it :) also lots of exploring to do on your way back down around the pond. So beautiful

A challenge for sure, but the reward was well worth it. Extreme uphill the whole way. We went may 20th, which was just after a lot of rain. It was wet and muddy and slick, and tested us physically. But the views were amazing at the summit. The lake was beautiful too. A great hike to check off the list!!

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

I enjoyed this trail a lot because it's relatively short and challenging. It's a steep rocky incline from the start right up until you get to the summit a little over a mile in. It's very rocky and there are some ladders to climb up as you follow the red trail markers. It's possible to lose exactly where to go without following these.

The view at the top is very rewarding as you have a nice panoramic view. I would suggest taking the full loop because for the next quarter of a mile or so you have a few more lookouts on the way back down.

Before long you'll follow a yellow trail around a pond which is very serene. Take a minute, or a few, to soak it all in and continue back down the trail. The trail is still very rocky on the way down but not quite as steep.

You'll run back into the red trail markers again and it levels out a bit again before reaching the lot. The road up to the parking lot is very steep and rugged.

hiking
1 month ago

Rated Hard and I would agree with that. Quickly goes uphill from the parking lot. Steep in some places and a long section of bouldering. Much more fun going up than going down. At the Red/Yellow trail split, if you have a larger dog, I would suggest the Yellow trail and loop to the summit around the back. The Red trail to the summit has 2 ladders on it. The first ladder is about 6 feet tall, my dog didn't have a problem with it, she jumped up the wall. The second ladder at the summit is about 20-25 feet tall, and it's not dog friendly, the rungs are too narrow for a dog's paws to navigate. Since my dog is only 40 lbs, I could carry her up in one arm and climb the ladder. Beautiful views at the summit, well worth the climb! We took the loop down the other side and met up with the yellow trail at the lake.

fishing
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Nice and steep, well worth the effort. Several spectacular views from the peak. The lake is quite and pristine. With all of the May rain it was wet and slippery and the trail was basically a waterfall!

2 months ago

Steep but well worth it. We went in April, the snow melt made many trails partial waterfalls and there was a lot of snow near the top. Challenging and fun, and the views were amazing. Lots of different spots to have a little privacy with a great view.

2 months ago