This approach from Crane Pond is less steep then the eastern side one from Pharaoh Lake. From the top you will have great views in every direction over the vast Pharaoh Lake wilderness. This is a great hike for every season.
Directions to Crane Pond Trailhead:
Take exit 28 off of I-87 and continue south on Route 9 to Alder Meadow Road. Turn onto this road and continue straight for 6.5 miles (don't go up the hill at the split). If you don't have 4x4 you can park around the y-split and walk the 2 miles of rough road, or you can drive it (check out photo in POI #2). If you have 4x4 follow the road to Crane Pond and park before the register.