Crane Mountain is located in south-central Oregon, just east of Goose Lake and just north of the California-Oregon border. It lays within Lake County Oregon and is the highest point within the county. Crane Mountain is 8,456 feet tall.
How to get there: About 5 miles north of Lakeview on U.S. 395, turn east on SR 140. In 7 miles, turn south on FR 3915. The turnoff from 140 is well signed -- follow the Willows CG signs. Stay on FS3915 to road FS 4011 (8 or 9 miles) and turn right. The Willow Creek Campground is about a mile further on, on a spur road that is off to the right , continue on past it to as far as you can go as the road gets very rough. The road actually goes to the Crane Mountain Lookout and rugged 4wd vehicles may drive the road to its end at the lookout but the road may be too rough for most vehicles and you may want to park when you get to the point where you don't want to try to go any further. The Crane Mountain Trailhead is off of this road before the lookout and yet we had to hike up the road to get to the TH as the road was too messed up for a short section for us to drive further so we parked about two miles short of the TH. If that section is graded today, you could most likely drive to the trailhead.
From the Crane Mountain TH, the hike is 4 miles round trip with a small part of cross country necessary as the trail doesn't go to the summit.
Elevation gain is just a few hundred feet if you have a vehicle that can make it to the TH.
|Range/Region:||Great Basin Ranges|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct|
|Nearest major airport:||Eugene Airport|
|Convenient Center:||Lakeview, Oregon|
Thanks to Kelly Canaday for adding this peak.
NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name
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