The Lost Crag is a great little sport area in Western PA. It's not a destination by any stretch of the imagination, but it's a great place to climb if you live in western PA. It consists of several gritstone boulders with many short sport routes. Although most the climbs are under 40 ft, there's plenty of interesting climbing here. There's also quite a bit of routes under 5.10 that are safely bolted, making it a great place for the novice sport climber to get started.
This area was developed in the late 90's by Tim Anderson and others. Activity has died down a bit since it's development so increased traffic would benefit the area to the keep the routes clean.
It tends to stay fairly shaded in the summer since most of the blocks are shorter than the large trees that surround them. It's a bit of a hike to get there and the bugs can be bad in the summer, but it's certainly worth the trip.
Take route 119 south from Connellsville towards Uniontown. Make a left onto SR1053 towards Dunbar. In Dunbar, cross the railroad tracks and head right until you reach a T. Turn left and follow the road as it runs parallel to Dunbar creek. After a few miles the road will head left away from the creek, continue straight here on a gravel/dirt road as you enter State Game Lands 51. There will be a yellow building here with a fence around it. Follow the road until you reach a large parking area on the left. Park here. Locate the gated road in the corner of the parking lot and follow the dirt road up the hill until you come to a wooden bridge that crosses a stream. (~ 1 mile). After the bridge, take the first road to the right. Hike up the road until you find a grassy field on the right. In the back left corner of this field you will find an old logging road and a boulder. Follow this trail up the hill to the top. Look for cairns and a trail to the right to take you to the rocks. There are several small trails that branch up to the rocks, any of them will get you to the rocks.
There's an alternate approach to reach this crag that begins in the State Game Lands parking area on the top of the hill. This approach is probably slightly longer, but is mostly flat and less strenuous. Most people seem to prefer the approach described above.
This is a very short climb, but very fun! Start at the low overhang at the base of the obvious arete of Cave World. Make good use of jugs and heel hooks and look for the refrigerator door handle near the top. You can place some gear in the lower horizontals or just stick clip the bolt. ...[more]Browse More Classics in PA