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Shared By: Jeremy Steck on Jun 7, 2009 with updates from JoelBrady
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Lost Crag has recently been the beneficiary of a major re-equipping project, sponsored by the Southwestern Pennsylvania Climbers Coalition and local climbers, with additional support from an Access Fund/American Alpine Grant. Old, rusty hardware on dozens of routes have been replaced.

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.

Getting There

The approach from above (preferred due to easier hike): Following SR1053, continue a few miles until the road winds up a steep hill (passing the turn for Coll's Cove on your left). At the top of the hill, shortly after passing Smalley's Auto Wreckers, you'll see a State Game Commission building on your left. Just before this, turn right on the dirt road. Follow this road as far as the gate and you'll find a lot (don't block the gate). Walk past the gate and down the road. About 5 minutes in, take the left fork (up a short hill). Follow this road through a large clearing. At the end of the clearing are some large pine trees. Hang a right at the fork onto a grassy (sometimes muddy) road. About 10 minutes further you'll see an isolated copse of trees to your right. At the end of that little clearing is the trail. Follow this trail into the woods, following cairns. Eventually, the trail crosses a watershed across a little land bridge. Immediately after this turn right down a trail marked with cairns. Follow this trail down below a little ridge of boulders. The trail winds through these boulders and then takes a sharp turn downhill onto a logging road. Turn left on the logging road and follow up the hill. Within 5 minutes you'll see cliffline on your left and an access trail.

The approach from below: 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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Lost Crag

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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
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5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Sport
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Bring plant shears. Its overgrown early in spring. Its nearly impassable middle of summer with thorns attacking you left and right. May 9, 2016
Pete Baertsch
Connellsville, PA
Pete Baertsch   Connellsville, PA
Check out this interactive map showing the location of several popular and open access climbing areas in SWPA! Also has info for Rob's Knobs and Lost Crag parking and approach. SWPA Sandstone May 18, 2016
Mark Verosky
Columbus, OH
Mark Verosky   Columbus, OH
Feel the need to include this information just because I think there isn't a lot of information about this place and it is also roughly 40 minute approach up hill and want to give people a better idea about what they are getting into.

Getting There: Unlike the comment above, I had absolutely no issues with getting to the crag. No thorns or anything unexpected, just a hot hike. It is all up hill and the description on how to get there is very easy to follow.

The Routes Themselves: When I got here the routes were in poor condition. I had the holds break on me multiple times. The routes are also very very short, basically could make high ball boulders of a lot of the routes. Also to note, as of June 2017, a wasp nest is present on the front of the entrance block.
Sport Routes: A lot of the hardware was rusted. This left only some of the routes with hardware that I would feel comfortable leading with.
Trad Routes: Tricams would be really really helpful to bring along. Didn't find much use for passive pro.

Overall Impression: Not really worth the time. 40 minutes to go climb routes that are 15 to 30 feet high is not worth it in my opinion, especially when a lot of the hardware is rusted. Jun 11, 2017
SWPCC rebolting project has begun. Should be complete by end of summer. At this point about ten of the oldest highest traffic routes have been rebolted. Jun 25, 2017
SWPCC rebolting project nearly complete; less than 5 of the 40+ sport routes are rebolted with pretty aggressive mussy hooks. Refrain from using them for TR; use them for lowering from sport or cleaning.

The alternative approach from the upper parking has gotten much better and is now fairly each to navigate. An easy flat 30min approach. Oct 4, 2017
Approach might be easier if you bring a bike. During the rebolt session some brought a bike and reduced the hike by 15-20mins. There is no signs posted that say 'no biking'; gamelands officials we ran into said biking is prohibited during hunting season, the last Saturday in September thru the third Saturday in January.

pgc.pa.gov/HUNTTRAP/STATEGA… Oct 17, 2017
HEADS UP: During hunting season you will be required to wear a blaze orange hat and vest (and honestly it's just a good idea)! If a game commissioner is in the parking lot they will not let you leave the parking lot without blaze orange clothing. We picked up a hat and vest combo for $5 at the Rural King on 119: goo.gl/maps/FCCYN5nzR8q
I'd suggest picking that gear up if you go anytime soon, at least for your own safety.

Went there last weekend and had a good time with two other friends. We're all still beginner leaders and found the beginner block to be great practice! We did have a little bit of a hard time getting to the parking lot for the lower approach: Here's a google map showing exactly how to get there from SR1035: drive.google.com/open?id=1b…

Finally, as you're following the directions from the lower approach lot, when you reach the first stone cairn at an intersection of about 5 different trails, go straight through. You should then reach another stone cairn at an intersection in less than 5 minutes. Go straight again. Now you should be on the main trail that will lead you to the crag, which will be on your right as you approach along the trail.

Definitely a spot worth hitting up if you're in the area and just beginning sport lead! Dec 7, 2017
Some things I want to add from the approach from the bottom:

- There are two gates, one in front of a stream. That's the wrong gate. Definitely use the one in the big lot.
- The field you are looking for currently has two new trees planted in it. There is a tiny field right before this one and it's the wrong one.
- adding to Ethan's comment because it was really helpful. "As you're following the directions from the lower approach lot, when you reach the first stone cairn at an intersection of about 5 different trails, go straight through. " It doesn't look like a trail because there's a bunch of brush and a huge fallen tree on the road, but there's a broken cairn right after the tree, it's definitely correct to go straight up. You'll eventually see the climbs on the right. If you see the cairn before the broken tree and take a right on the two clearly defined trails there - it won't take you to anything.

Lastly, I just want to say that the SWPCC did a really awesome job bolting this place. My friend and I had a ton of fun, and hope to be back to finish the climbs we didn't have time to get on. Seriously keep up the great work. Apr 23, 2018