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Elevation: 1,795 ft
GPS: 39.978, -79.572 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tim Anderson on Oct 18, 2009
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The same (if not better) quality and quantity of bouldering as that found just across the border at Cooper's Rock in WV. Only without the crowds! A plethora of bouldering exists in this beautiful backwoods area. The first several "routes" were climbed in the mid 1980's by locals Ray Burnsworth and Rob Goodman. Seeing only minimal activity back then. This area went mostly unclimbed for the next 20 or so years. The massive development of 3+ miles of connecting trails and several hundred boulder problems took place in during 2007. Development has since slowed, but is still going on to the day. This is definately a hot spot for any boulderer to visit and explore.

Getting There

The easiest is to follow South Connellsville's Pittsburgh Street to the end, turn left onto McCormick Avenue, and follow this to the point where it curves to the right, which is Casparis Road. follow this rough road up the steep hill and onto the flat. Continue out flat until you come to a similar road to the right. take this right, forge the small stream and continue to the top of the hill. The parking area is on the right at the top of the hill. The trail starts at the parking area (for those familiar its the same parking area as for Opperman's Cave). The trail to the cave is on the left (rather worn and narrow) The bouldering trail is the wider newly cut trail that goes straight into the woods (sorta looks like a cart path and is wide enough for crash pads). Follow the wide open trail apprx. 100yrds to an intersection with an ATV trail, turn left onto ATV trail. Follow up steep hill 100 yrds to the top. Continue straight on the flat to the small open area 150 yrds. At this point the ATV trail cuts down over the hill to the right (do NOT continue on the ATV trail). In this open area go to the back left corner and find the continuation of the "new trail" cut into the woods. follow this a short distance to the Old growth forest and a Y in the trail. To the left is the Light Side, to the right is the Dark Side. These trails will lead you to the established boulders. (Total approach time apprx 10min.)

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Awesome place! Sep 19, 2011
Alex Hileman
Butler, PA
Alex Hileman   Butler, PA
Does anyone have a link or any more info on this area? Jan 7, 2013
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! Has info for the Upper Casparis parking lot, and how to get to the Light and Dark Side. SWPA Sandstone May 18, 2016
The directions mention crossing a small river in your car, can anyone comment on how deep it is? Would a sedan / hatchback have trouble with it? May 1, 2018
Pete Baertsch
Connellsville, PA
Pete Baertsch   Connellsville, PA
A sedan isn't even making it up to the river crossing due to the current state of the road, but if it could, it could easily cross. May 2, 2018

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