The approach roads are in superb condition, not a rock to be found on the great gravel road leading to the final 2.7 miles of very rough road which was rocky and at times quite challenging. The hike to the summit is easy, less than 1 mile, mostly on an OHV track, then easy XC.
This was the first of three Oregon county highpoints for the day - all of which were 90 to 95 percent jeeping with the last stretch being hiked.
Parked at the choke point in the road where the maintenance ends and the brush was so thick my truck could not pass through without snapping branches. Nice hike along a road. We, my younger black lab Dude and I, quickly reached the dew point and were engulfed clouds. Found the trailhead no problem. Had my GPS and was very happy I did as it was white out conditions on top and it was the only way I found the summit. Missed out on all the views! Ah well.
Pretty view from the top and an easy hike to get there, however the last couple of miles drive is total crap. Drivable but slow and bumpy.
I drove during dark early night hours and my car accidentally clipped one ground squirrel, one rabbit, and one bat.
I found the road-hike and trail-hike to be boring, but I really enjoyed the western views from the summit. Goose Lake is so huge, yet you can easily notice that it used to be even larger.
I found the summit register and soon located the names of two SP and peakbagging legends: Bob Bolton and Dean Molen.
During the drive out, a very large tan/white bird (it looked like a crane) was spotted flying near the road, and my car had to do a fair number of cow dodges.
This was the second of seven Top 100 peaks summited in Oregon during a 3-1/2 day timeframe.
Stopped at end of maintained road. Started at high noon. 3 to 4 foot snow from about half mile up road to 8000' feet or so. Summit had 6' to 8'. Scrambled snow covered ridge from false north summit to summit.
Read all of your register entries. I feel like I know you all personally now. :P.
Perfect day for a snow hike. Road was hard to find in spots, but we managed.
Parked at the end of the maintained road and slept in the car so I could get an early start on the 23rd. Hiked up the remaining couple of miles in the dark to the trail then up the trail and ridge to the summit. Thick fog at the summit so I missed out on the view...next time.
Clear and cool hike with my canine Rudi. Saw no other vehicles at the trailhead nor hikers on the route, making for a pleasant summer weekend experience.
With a lot of snow still on the Warners, I opted to do a westside approach. Kelly Creek gets you pretty close to the summit ridgeline via a poor 4x4 road, from there it was just dealing with the massive amounts of snow remaining up on top.
We (Kyle, Rico, and I) made it to within a mile of the end of the road before I decided the track was unfit even for the Land Cruiser. Took the horse trail south ... the dusty dungy horse trail ... then bushwacked the last couple hundred feet to the top. It was a hot, dry, featureless slog.
Drove as far as we could. About 2mi from the end of the road, a large deadfall tree blocked the way. Continuous snow coverage after about 7000'. Great views from the summit. Also ascended nearby willow point.
See Dean's entry below. Very memorable Labor Day weekend swing through some very wild and remote country. The following weekend we (Dean, Dennis, and I) got together in the Wallowas for Red Mountain and Sacajawea Peak, my final two Oregon county highpoints.
On a three-day expedition through the wilds of SE Oregon, I bagged Crane Mountain first and then went on to tag the HP's of Harney, Malhuer and finally Baker county. The great views enticed me to explore all around the summit area. I think I found the highest elevation cattle in Oregon when I encountered a herd at over 8,000'!
I hiked this at the end of June 2003. The access road was still snow blocked, so I had to hike a little ways. It was a beautiful clear day.
SP'er Bob Bolton and myself were finishing up a three day swing through southern Oregon and southwestern Idaho. We did Steens,
Stevenson Point, Hayden Pk in Idaho, Granite Peak in Nevada as well as Crane. Great stuff.
We camped at nearby Willow Creek campground and nabbed this prior to the long drive home.