Ascent of Crane Mountain on 2012-09-15

Climber: Greg Boyle

Others in Party:Dale
Eric and Cara
Date:Saturday, September 15, 2012
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Crane Mountain
    Location:USA-New York
    Elevation:3240 ft / 987 m

Ascent Trip Report

Me and 4 others set out to hike Crane Mountain after finishing up exploring the Crane Mountain Cave. We headed up the summit trail and three of the group, myself included decided to scramble up the exposed cliff face into the woods and bushwack our way back to the summit trail. This seemed like a much more exciting and less often traveled way up.

We began our ascent up the face and found it to be much more challenging that expected, which was a fantastic surprise. I was wearing my 5.10 Canyoneer Rescue shoes, and they stuck to the rock like glue.

Once we picked our way to the top of the cliff, a very thick bushwack ensued. After about 30 minutes of hard bushwacking, we came to the summit trail at the base of the ladder. We avoided the ladder and scrambled up the rock and found ourselves at the summit. We even beat the other two in our party to the top as they took the trail. After enjoying some snacks and water at the summit, we came down towards the lake, and made our way out on the blue trail, back past the cave and out the ski trail.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1165 ft / 355 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1165 ft / 355 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.4 mi / 7.1 km
    Quality:5 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack, Scramble, Exposed Scramble
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1165 ft / 355 m
    Distance:2 mi / 3.2 km
    Route:Exposed rock scramble / Bushwack to summit trail
    Start Trailhead:Ski Hill Trailhead  2075 ft / 632 m
    Time:2 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1165 ft / 355 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Crane Pond trail (Putnam Trail)
    End Trailhead:Ski Hill Trailhead  2075 ft / 632 m
    Time:2 Hours 

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