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Lost Hunters

New York > Adirondacks > H: Southern Mountains


Lost Hunters Cliff is located on Sherman Mountain, accessed using the same trail as McMartin and Lost T. The Main Cliff is west-facing, steep and sheer with a couple crack lines and face climbs in between. Left of this is a broad gully (used to access the top), and left of this is the southwest-facing Mountain Bruin Wall with a couple of prominent aretes. Further left about 300' is the southwest-facing Corkscrew Buttress.

The Main Face is a real gem, with some of the best-of-class climbs, including Elusive Trophy (one of the best 5.13s in the park), and the trad testpiece Inner Sanctum. Newer climbs include Just Another Pretty Face and Life of Try. The two main cracks are Father Knows Best and Lost Hunters Crack.

Lost Hunters Cliff

The Main Face can be compared to the Spider's Web in terms of sheerness and slightly-more-than-vertical angle. Like the Web, there are some cracks; unlike the web, there are some stellar, pure face climbs. Another good comparison is Chatiemac Cliff, another cliff with a concentration of difficult, high-quality routes.

Getting There

Park as for Lost T, and hike the trail past Chub Lake as you would for Lost T.

From Gary's PDF guide for Lost T

Just after crossing a stream, there is a fork in the trail: right leads to Lost T, and left leads to McMartin and Lost Hunters. Go left and follow this up and down to reach the beaver ponds. Cross two streams in succession (the outlets from the beaver ponds). After the second stream, there is another fork: straigh to McMartin, right to Lost Hunters. Go right parallel to the beaver ponds to their far end. Here, swing uphill and follow a drainage uphill. When the angle eases, cross the stream, then continue uphill to where you see some cliffs on the right. After the last cliff, go sharp right through a notch (fixed static cord) to a wooded plateau above these small cliffs. The Main Cliff looms directly in front of you. Awesome!

Routes from Left to Right

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[Hide Comment] This fantastic cliff is steep and impressive. The main face has a high concentration of 5.12 rock climbs, including several incredible cracks and bolted lines. Thanks to Fred and those who took the time to develop this cliff. It is well worth the hike. Bring a map and compass and make sure to follow the drainage described in the ADK guide book. There are a lot of blow downs and the approach trail may take some patience in finding the new (orange) and old (pink) flagging tape. Jun 11, 2016
[Hide Comment] As of June 2018, the trail does have some blowdown, but there is fresh flagging that makes these obstacles navigable. Jul 4, 2018