Crane Flat Lookout Trail

El Portal, California

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An easy yet remote climb leads to Crane Flat Lookout, where an enticing panorama of Yosemite National Park’s upper reaches and other Sierra Nevada await. Still manned during times of high fire danger, impressively built Crane Flat Lookout sits on a large plain that beckons a snowshoer to venture to every corner to see what view’s in store. The route’s popular with cross-country skiers as well.
Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

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Snowshoe Routes: Northern California

by Marc J. Soares (The Mountaineers Books)

An easy yet remote climb leads to Crane Flat Lookout, where an enticing panorama of Yosemite National Park’s upper reaches and other Sierra Nevada await. Still manned during times of high fire danger, impressively built Crane Flat Lookout sits on a large plain that beckons a snowshoer to venture to every corner to see what view’s in store. The route’s popular with cross-country skiers as well.

©  Marc J. Soares/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: El Portal
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: 500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2–3 hours
Season: Winter
Local Contacts: Yosemite National Park
Local Maps: USGS Ackerson Mountain
Topo Map: Crane Flat Lookout Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Snowshoe Routes: Northern California Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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