More southernly than the better-known peaks of the Adirondacks, Crane Mountain is a great family hike with a steep trail up to the summit, but one that is short enough to be enjoyed by the whole family.
The Adirondack Loj and Heart Lake are located at the foot of Mt. Jo, a 2876' peak in the heart of the Adirondacks. There are two trails that lead to the open rock summit, a steep but short hike with the reward of a sweeping vista of the High Peaks.
One of the high peaks that it makes the most sense to hike in a series of other peaks, Nippletop has a long level approach before climbing on steeper trails, giving it a more significant mileage number despite the fact that the climb is not terribly long.