REI Community
Crane Mountain

Select Area...
Southeast Slopes 
Southwest Slopes 

Crane Mountain Rock Climbing 

Photos:  Recent | Best | Popular
Elevation: 3,254'
Location: 43.53941, -73.96139 View Map  Incorrect?
Page Views: 9,316
Administrators: Jim Lawyer, Kristine Hoffman (sitewide)
Submitted By: Jay Harrison on Dec 9, 2009
You & This Area
Best climbs for YOU in this area
Your opinion of this PAGE:    [1 person likes this page.]
Leading Immigrant Song


Crane Mountain's ice, like its rock, is scattered along its southeast and southwest slopes, with a few thin lines along the summit cliffs as well. As such, many of the lines get a lot of sun, so they are in good condition for short periods of time. A few however, are dependable once they form.
Crane Mountain's ice season generally runs from New Year's Day to late February, but extended thaws can render the ice unclimbable for days at a time.
Make no mistake, with the exception of a few climbs (like the Waterfall Wall ) Crane is not a major ice climbing destination. But it is a welcome change from the queues and chaos of the popular Adirondack lines.

Getting There 

Take exit 23 off the NYS Northway (I-87 north of Albany). Left at exit ramp's end, right onto Route 9, thru Warrensburg, left on Rt. 28 north of town, left onto Rt. 8 in Wevertown, left onto South Johnsburg Rd. after 1.7 miles, right onto Garnet Lake Rd. in about 7 miles, and right onto Sky High (a.k.a. Ski Hi) Rd. and up to the top. In the winter, park at the end of Sky High Rd., do not block driveways.

Climbing Season

Weather station 6.6 miles from here

32 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',11],['1 Star',10],['Bomb',1]

Classic Climbing Routes in Crane Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Crane Mountain:
Providence   WI3 M2     Mixed, Ice, 2 pitches, 265'   Southeast Slopes
Waterfall Wall   WI3     Trad, Ice, 6 pitches, 730'   Southeast Slopes
Immigrant Song   WI3+ M2+     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 50'   Southeast Slopes
Fifi's Frozen Fingers   WI4-     Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Southeast Slopes
Renegade   M5-6 PG13     Mixed, 1 pitch, 150'   Southeast Slopes
West Coast Connection   WI4- M4 PG13     Trad, Mixed, Ice, 1 pitch, 60'   Southeast Slopes
Three White Rappers   WI3-     Ice, 1 pitch, 110'   Southeast Slopes
Browse More Rock Climbing Classics in Crane Mountain

Featured Route For Crane Mountain
Rock Climbing Photo: Ascending the variation to P1.

Waterfall Wall WI3  New York : Adirondacks : ... : Southeast Slopes
Don't let the rating fool you, this is mostly WI2, the only difficult spot being the very last pitch, which is avoidable and easily TR'd.P1 WI2 120': Climb the ice slab through the bulge on its left to a tree ledge.V1 WI3: when "in" the steep, short curtain in the rock bulge right of the regular line is exciting.V2 WI 2-: climb the ice to the right of the rock bulge. This is lower-angle and easier than the standard route.One can rappel with a 60m rope, from an oak tree 25' climber's left ...[more]   Browse More Classics in New York

Comments on Crane Mountain Add Comment
Show which comments
- none yet -

Mountain Project

The Definitive Climbing Resource

MTB Project

Next Generation MTB Trail Maps

Powder Project

Backcountry Ski Maps & Secret Stashes
FREE Stickers · Gyms · RSS · School of Rock · Contact · About