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Crane Mountain System (Lakeview)

  • Length:
    16 miles
  • Difficulty:
    Challenging
  • Best Season(s):
    Summer/Fall
  • Nearby Cities:
    New Pine Creek, Adel, Lakeview, Plush, Paisley
  • Region:
    Southern Oregon
  • Attributes:
    Double-Track, Lake Views, Mountain Views

Trailhead Elevation: 4842 ft

Directions

In Oregon, a bicycle is legally considered a vehicle, and the same Oregon road laws apply. Please “be seen” and practice safe riding. Vehicle traffic, farm equipment and narrow shoulders exist on many Oregon roads, and you may find that construction projects, traffic or other events may cause road conditions or signage to differ from the map results, ride descriptions and directions. For travel options plus weather and road conditions, visit tripcheck.com, call 511 (in Oregon only), 800.977.6368 or 503.588.2941. Routes listed on this website are for informational purposes and intended as a reference guide only.

Directions

From Lakeview: Travel east on Highway 140 for 7 miles, then turn right on Forest Road 3915. Go on Forest Road 3915 for 9 miles and turn right on Forest Road 4011. Go on Forest Road 4011 for 2″ miles. Turn left onto the 012 road and go for about 1 mile to the parking area. The 4011 road, past the turn off to the trailhead, goes to the top of Crane Mountain. If you choose to drive to the top of Crane Mt., the road is very rough and steep, a 4×4 vehicle is recommended. Parking is also available at Deep Creek Campground.

The Crane Mountain Trailhead accesses the Crane Mountain National Recreation Trail. Just south of Crane Mountain Peak, the trail is within the Crane-Bidwell Semi-Primitive Motorized Area, which is open to motorcycles, off-highway vehicles, 4 x 4 vehicles and snowmobiles. North of Crane Mt. Peak is NONMOTORIZED.

Accommodations at the trailhead include a parking area with adequate trailer turnaround and signed trail directions. The trail is accessed from the 4011 road about three miles west of the trailhead. Activities offered include mountain bike riding, off highway vehicle riding, four-wheel drive vehicle driving, photography (Crane Mountain is the highest point in Lake County), and forest product gathering.

Trail is 16 miles long round trip, including spur to California/Oregon border

Seasonal Access: Normally Open: June-Mid-October (Open for snowmobiling during the winter.)

For more information, call the Fremont National Forest, 541-947-2151, or Lake County Chamber of Commerce, 541-947-6040.

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