Crane Mountain - NY Travel Blog› entry 847 of 1090 › view all entries
My goal for today would be the former Olympic village of Lake Placid. While driving there I decided to explore the South Eastern part of the Adirondacks a bit further. I had been in this area quite recently at Severance Hill (see here) and some time ago, in winter, for a cross country skiing outing (see here).
My hike book described Crane Mountain, a middle high mountain that stands out to its surroundings. The mountain was, like all the other mountains in that area, shaped by glaciers, making its southern part rather steep. The mountain's summit is listed at 988 m (3240 ft) to 992 m (3254 ft).
The journey to the trailhead was an adventure by itself. It took me along the Hudson River, which looks more like a mountain brook than like the majestic river we know in the city. Then on a dirt road that winded through swamps and along rocks, to a small parking lot. A hiker who just returned from the mountain was so kind to move his car to create a parking spot for me.
The hike itself added more thrill. After some heavy ascending on the steep southern face I reached the sharp and steep glacial ledges. Alhtough not really needed a 2-meter (6- foot) and a 5-meter (15-foot) wooden ladder made it easier to negotiate the height difference of some bare rock parts here. Crane Mountain has been struck by many forest fires, some of them impacted the mountain so much that huge slabs of soil were burnt off the bare rock. A good thing for hikers since now it gives excellent views.
On my way down I passed Crane Mountain Pond. An idyllic small pond and swamp that could fit in any painting. An effort to hike around it failed. The hike down was also very thrilling, it was very steep at some places. Trees and their branches served me well.
More pictures below!