The Lost Crag Rock Climbing
Areas in The Lost Crag
Bob Block, The 4 / 2 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Brutal Block, The 1 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Bulge Block 2 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 7
Cave World 0 / 3 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Chimney Block 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
Corridors, The 1 / 7 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Crack World 1 / 1 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
Entrance Block, The 2 / 3 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 6
Little Yosemite 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Ocean Block, The 0 / 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 2
S.B.R. Block 3 / 5 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 8
Shortstack 6 / 4 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Snip Block 0 / 2 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Tunnel Block 0 / 1 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 4
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DescriptionLost 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 ThereThe 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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