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Elevation: 1,556 ft 474 m
GPS: 39.62598, -79.81812
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Many people know of Cooper’s Rock State Forest, but few realize that it is only a small portion of the climbing in the entire Cheat Canyon. The routes listed are mostly part of the rock band on the opposing (north facing) side of the canyon from Cooper’s Rock’s main areas. This includes Snake Hill Wildlife Management Area and any un-posted timber lands that have been developed. There is an extensive and overwhelming amount of rock in this canyon, which now boasts about 600 routes, and thousands upon thousands of quality boulder problems, many of which have yet to be sent. Currently, routes range from 5.fun to 5.13+/14-, including multiple projects that may push the grades up to 5.14b/c. Boulder problems range from V0 to about V12, with numerous projects that push things up to the V14-17 range. The rock type is Pottsville sandstone, which is the main type of rock found in the Chestnut Ridge anticline, whose southern portion makes up the Cheat Canyon, and northern portion creates the well-known Southwest PA bouldering. Pottsville sandstone is known to be very gritty, and is comparable to the famous gritstone in the U.K., both in quality and style. However, this rock type can be more varied, and range from soft, pocketed sandstone like that of the Red River Gorge, to cobblestone, to fine grained, crimpy sandstone similar to that of the New River Gorge. Frequently, it forms a combination of styles, making for extremely technical rock climbing.  

There are dozens of areas, and hundreds of bouldering areas, but some of the finest areas are currently experiencing access issues.  These will be posted once the local climber’s coalition has gained stable access.

The only guidebook for this area is “Cheat Canyon Rock” by Andrew Leich, which can be ordered on cheatcanyonrock.com, or picked up at one of the Pittsburgh gyms.

Getting There Suggest change

This is a broad area that includes dozens of crags and bouldering areas, but for the most part, the southern portion of the canyon (Snake Hill WMA and adjacent lands) are accessed by taking I-68 Eastbound, getting off Exit 7 (Pierpont Road), and heading east on Cheat Road. Take a right turn on Tyrone-Avery Road after about a mile, and another right turn on Tyrone Road. After a quarter mile, Snake Hill Road will be on the left.

The northern portion of the canyon is generally accessed from Exit 10 (Cheat Lake), Exit 15 (Cooper’s Rock), or Exit 23 (Bruceton Mills).

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Classic Climbing Routes at Cheat Canyon

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V3 6A
 13
Steropes
Boulder
V4 6B
 7
Flower Moon
Boulder
V5 6C
 13
Brontes
Boulder
V5 6C
 9
Sunset Arete
Boulder
V6 7A
 13
Achilles
Boulder
V7 7A+
 16
Hercules
Boulder
V7 7A+
 9
False Blood
Boulder
V7 7A+
 8
James Gnomerson
Boulder
V8- 7B
 7
Herculean Traverse
Boulder
V8 7B
 13
Blind Faith
Boulder
V8 7B
 7
Mr. Gnomerson
Boulder
V9 7C
 11
The Yoke
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 15
Snowflake Crack
Trad, TR
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 12
Wandering Crack
Trad, TR
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 9
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Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Steropes University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Giant's Slab Boulder
 13
V3 6A Boulder
Flower Moon Cheat Canyon Wi… > Sector 1
 7
V4 6B Boulder
Brontes University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Giant's Slab Boulder
 13
V5 6C Boulder
Sunset Arete University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Sunset Boulder
 9
V5 6C Boulder
Achilles University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Demi-God Boulder
 13
V6 7A Boulder
Hercules University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Demi-God Boulder
 16
V7 7A+ Boulder
False Blood University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > False Blood
 9
V7 7A+ Boulder
James Gnomerson University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Gnome Boulder
 8
V7 7A+ Boulder
Herculean Traverse University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Demi-God Boulder
 7
V8- 7B Boulder
Blind Faith University Rese… > Darnell Hollow > Blind Faith Boulder
 13
V8 7B Boulder
Mr. Gnomerson University Rese… > … > 5th Pull Off (S… > Gnome Boulder
 7
V8 7B Boulder
The Yoke University Rese… > … > Darkside East > Ganja Bloc Aka Moon B…
 11
V9 7C Boulder
Snowflake Crack Snake Hill Wild… > Snowflake Wall
 15
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Trad, TR
Wandering Crack Snake Hill Wild… > Trad Wall Area > Trad Wall Roped Routes
 12
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Reverse the Curse Sandcrag
 9
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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