Travel guide to the top of Crane Mountain
Crane Mountain is a high mountain peak at an elevation of 2.542m (8,339ft) above the sea level, located in Lake County, in the south-central region of the U.S. state of Oregon. It’s one of the highest roads of Oregon.
Is the road to Crane Mountain paved?
Set high in the Warner Mountain range, within the Fremont–Winema National Forest, the road to the summit is totally unpaved and very rough. It’s called NF-4011. Expect steep badly potholed (bottomless potholes) sections. 4WD vehicle with high clearance required. The road may be too rough for most vehicles. The higher elevations of this road are usually not snow free until July.
How long is the road to Crane Mountain?
Located east of Lakeview, the road to the summit is steep. Starting at NF-3915 road, the ascent is 9.49km (5.9 miles) long. Over this distance the elevation gain is 694 meters. The average gradient is 7.31%. There are remnants of an old fire lookout at the summit, built in 1952 and removed in 1972. The panoramic vista from the summit, especially of enormous Goose Lake and the adjacent Lakeview Valley, is amazing.