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Hiked the loop and it is one of my favorite hikes to date. The hike itself is lots of fun with the ladders and the trail is super cool too! Beautiful all the way. Really loved it. My only issue was that I didn't realize that the road leading to the trailhead is seasonal i.e. not plowed during the winter months. Not only did this add an extra 0.6 miles or so in the beginning, it also added another 0.2 or 0.3 at the end because you have to backtrack a bit to return to the trailhead to sign out. Other than these minor details, the hike was awesome and the views from the summit are STUNNING. Views of the pond at sunset are also quite nice.

As it says this is definitely an intermediate to expert-level hike as it is quite steep and snow/ice make conditions even more difficult. I would highly recommend snowshoes and ice crampons. Trekking poles may be strapped to your pack for the ascent (too steep to use on the way up), but are of value on the way down. Happy trails!

WARNING!! DO NOT, AND I REPEAT DO NOT CLIMB THIS MOUNTAIN IN WINTER WITHOUT MOUNTAINEERING CRAMPONS. Both the ascent and descent of the mountain is very steep and was littered with smooth frozen over ice melt. I made the mistake of just using mini lug crampons meant for walking and I ended up slipping falling twice in five minutes on my descent. Had it had not been for a small tree in the middle of the rock scramble on my first fall, who knows where and how far and hard I would have fallen. Im thankful for that tiny little tree. Its very steep and becomes very treacherous when it’s icy. Seriously. Invest in mountaineering crampons

ASCENT: Very steep and icy pretty much the whole way. However, there were many lookouts along the way to stop and take breaks and it has a great pine forest setting that just looks beautiful after a fresh snowfall, which I took full advantage of with my camera.

SUMMIT: the summit offers spectacular views. Much better views in person than the pictures show but isn’t that always the case?

DESCENT: The descent from the summit down to the pond is not well marked. I got nervous that I’d gone off trail so I started actively looking for a marker for at least 5 minutes and I saw not one. That may not sound like a long time but 5 minutes going down a mountain is a long way and I wasn’t looking forward to backtracking up the steep grade to get back to where I went off trail. I put faith in the footprints from other hikers that I was going the right way. Finally I saw one but this pet of the trail needs to be marked better. The descent after the pond was extremely icy. I slipped and fell twice and I was terrified of falling again. It was a very slow and methodical descent for me, planning out every step and praying I wouldn’t fall to my death. I’ll never winter hike again without mountaineering crampons. Ever. Lesson learned (the hard way)

The last leg of the hike is mostly flat but does have just enough incline to make lactic acid build up if you don’t have snowshoes (yet another rookie mistake of I made. Between the icy ascent and descent, my lack of snowshoes and my dumbass leaving my trekking poles in the car (this hike wasn’t my proudest moment), I can confidently say the hike was not worth the reward this time. If I was better equipped for winter or if I did this in summer, I’d probably feel differently. But this mountain left a bitter taste in my mouth

1 month ago

This was so much fun to do with our family! I gave it only 3 stars for two reasons. One, it was almost a half hour before we could find the actual trail. We parked near the local tubing drop off/pick up site is and then there are many campsites and what look like hangout spots. There is a small gravel road back to more parking, which leads to some camping spots and then the trail back. Look for that dirt/gravel road back to find the trail. Secondly, the trail in was gross. Trash everywhere, piles of old dog bags near picnic tables, clearly not maintained. It was also clear it was a party spot, which I am always nervous to bring children to. Once at the slide it was awesome. We had hours of fun, spots were like mini pools where the kids could play and swim, just a neat spot. People had brought tubes and were sliding down parts of it. I would recommend but just be prepared, wish people would take care of the world a little better.

We did this hike because we had to cancel on our scheduled hike. This was a decent hike that gave you views overlooking Warrensburg.

Such a nice hike

4 months 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.

Loved the last review and wanted to see for ourselves ... we were not disappointed!!! Absolutely incredible views all along this trail. The scramble is fun!! This shot to the top of our favorites list. A "must do" of you love big rocks! At least this time of year, get there early to avoid the crowd - we were the second car in the parking lot at 8am ... when we left cars were parked quite a ways down the road.

Great adventurous hike. Would keep small kiddos home and definite no dogs. Would also make sure not to do in rainy, wet season. Several spots with amazing views! Would do this one again for sure.

Wow! Couldn't wait to leave a review on this trail! Best views I've gotten yet in the Lake George area (way better than Prospect Mtn. that's for sure. Also liked it better than Thomas Mt., the Pinnacle, Sleeping Beauty and Potash Mtns.). Ok, so there's no way to get around the rock scrambles if you park at the main trailhead. At the TH you can take the yellow trail to the left at the sign in (longer hike to summit, takes you to pond first before summiting) or you can take the red trail to the right at the sign in (takes you straight to summit ascending almost immediately as you leave the TH). Rock scrambles and rock scrambles! So awesome! Leave your trekking poles in the car; they'll do you little good and will just get in the way. You're going to need to use your hands for support in climbing the rocks, for leverage and that's it. You'll never be on your knees or do any cliff like climbing at all. It's rated as hard because it ascends quite a bit on both the yellow and red trails and because you have to use your hands to grab onto tree branches/rocks for support in your climb. This is by NO STRETCH a cliff climb so don't worry about that. Think Hadley Mountain but steeper, so you use your hands for support and to help push yourself up in a few spots. If you're in decent shape and don't mind rock scrambles, then you totally got this. Views are as good as they come and there must be 10 great spots for taking pics at the top. The pond is majestic and serene and some locals said there's a cave just past the pond, but I couldn't find it; dammit!!!! I'll try again next time for it. The descent on the yellow trail has tons of rock scrambles too, but nothing dangerous if you take your time and use your hands for support. I never once had to sit on my rear to slide down or anything. It's really not scary at all in my opinion. That said, the elderly, really small, inexperienced children, those with really bad balance, and doggies should prolly stay at home for this one. At the end of the pond, the red trail (which I took to the summit and down to the pond) splits into the yellow or blue trail (take the yellow to get back to the trailhead parking lot). You still have a ways to go once you join the yellow trail there at the split. No Portajohn at the parking lot and none along the way. Also, make sure you gas up your car in advance as I didn't see any gas stations from Warrensburg to the parking lot (about 30 min drive from WBurg).

Amazing hike! A super challenging, short hike with a spectacular view. Lots of steep climbing over boulders, plus 2 ladders. So much fun - we loved every minute of it. A must do near Lake George.

Started at prospect st parking lot and went up orange summit trail. Pretty steep in some sections but it only took about 22 minutes to get up. Then went over the top and followed the orange trail until the purple trail. If you keep following orange you end up on Hackensack st. Great quick hike for me and my dog. 55 minutes for the whole thing.

Great views from the top with various lookout points on the east side and at summit. Problem here is the trail branches off in multiple directions and more than once and at those branches, their is literally no direction as to where that branch is going to take you. I advise you use your GPS or download the AllTrails app and use that to help guide you to reaching the summit otherwise you could easily get lost and get going in circles. The pond was more like a swamp; total letdown. East side climb (trail on the left side of the Prospect St. trailhead parking lot) is STEEP! If you want a really easy climb, take the trail to the right (where the big rocks are) of the Prospect St. parking lot and walk around the backside of the mountain to the west side and then climb. Short but steep (totally doable) climb from there to top.
The trail that starts on the right of parking lot is super, super wide and has four wheeler tracks everywhere; not a typical ADK mountain trail...and it would be quite good for trail running.
Finally, throw some serious deet on for this hike; I skipped it, like a moron and so far have pulled 5, yes 5, ticks off of me, all around my head and neck. So yeah, there's that. I'll try and post a pic of one of the ticks so you know I'll telling the truth. I started pulling them off at the summit; first sign of them there.

favorite moderate mountain hike in NY

This is a beautiful hike, the lake is gorgeous.

This was our first hike and it definitely was a harder trail for us to choose for our first time. However, it was fun and the experience was amazing! The views are just breath taking. We also took our 3 (will be 4 in 2 weeks!) went with us and hiked the whole thing herself! We took the route to Long Ladder however she was afraid to take the Ladder so we hiked back down and went around Crane Pond and back up! Can't wait to do this one again!

great views and steep climb loved it

My wife and I started from Hackensack Rd and went over the summit. We took the trail down to the Prospect Rd access and that part of the trail was the best part. If we do it again, we will to it the opposite direction so we can experience the accent from the Prospect Rd entrance. It is much steeper and more challenging on that side.

Beautiful hike! Just make sure to stay on the trail as I accidentally got off and ended up having to navigate some crazy rock ledges. Over all, it's a great hike with so much to see and do as you make your way around the loop!

6 months ago

Nice hike. Beautiful stream. Not to strenuous, but it wasn't really well marked. We got off of the trail but ended up on a road that took us to the river road which ended up being 5 miles. Very pretty.

Great trail! Not very busy. If you take the climbers trail marked with orange tape to the immediate right of the start of the Crane Mountain Loop it is a lot more difficult and challenging, rejoining the red route at it goes up to the summit. Some beautiful views from the top.

Found this hike challenging, with plenty of beautiful scenery. The pond is definitely worth spending time sitting enjoying the serenity. Note that the Blue Trail drops you in elevation to below the parking lot and you must hike 1.5 mile back up to your car.

This was an awesome hike! Challenging and fun, with lots of technical rock scrambling and even come ladders! Despite its relatively short ascent, this one definitely fits its hard rating. The ascent is quite steep, but offset by how remarkably enjoyable it is! The views at the top are well worth the effort to get there though! Highly recommend this one to any that enjoy more technical hikes and a good challenge!

Short trail that connects River Road to the upper unnamed jeep trail. It starts off with a big hill, but the rest of the trail isn't very steep. In the middle of the hike are the bear slides were you can slide down the rocks into the pool at the bottom. Can be busy on hot days.

Great trail , unbelievable view from the summit . Even a Little Rock climbing.

Easy hike but trail was hard to locate plus there was a nature trail sign that said no dogs allowed. We only knew we were on the trail/road/dirtroad/logging road thanks to gps.

Keep track of the markers! Easy to wander off trail. Expect to do some rock climbing, this was our first "hard" rated trail and it lived up to its rating. The summit was beautiful and very much worth the work.

This hike was so much fun and definitely pushed me to my limit. I wasn't expecting basically rock climbing the whole way but honestly that made it way more exciting. The view was amazing as well. On the day I went it was super windy at the top, just a heads up. I would definitely hike this again!

8 months ago

Great panoramic views from the summit, pond view is gorgeous as well. Didn't have any trouble keeping on the red marked trail to the summit and pond, got off trail after the pond for a moment, but was able to get back on quickly.

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