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Description

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 300 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 V11, with numerous projects that push things up to the V14 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. 

Getting There

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.
V1 5
 4
Penthouse
Boulder
V2 5+
 3
Can I Offer You A Nice Egg?
Boulder
V4 6B
 3
Balancing Act
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 3
Anger Management Problem
Boulder
V5-6 6C+
 3
Helgramite
Boulder
V7- 7A+
 4
Hercules
Boulder
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 3
keiths arete
Sport
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
Chicanery
Trad
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a
 3
New Routes and Old Friends
Trad
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b
 3
Hold my Hilti and give me some tea
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 4
Table Scraps
Sport
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 4
Wandering Crack
Trad, TR
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 3
Black Salamander
Sport
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a
 4
Free Bolt Rentals
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 5
Reverse the Curse
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Penthouse Snake Hill Wild… > First Bell Boul… > Hilton Boulder
 4
V1 5 Boulder
Can I Offer You A Nice Egg? Snake Hill Wild… > Junction Boulders > Sunny Egg Boulder
 3
V2 5+ Boulder
Balancing Act Snake Hill Wild… > Junction Boulders > Lost in Moss Boulder
 3
V4 6B Boulder
Anger Management Problem Snake Hill Wild… > Junction Boulders > Lost in Moss Boulder
 3
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Helgramite Cheat Canyon Wi… > “The Prize” Sector
 3
V5-6 6C+ Boulder
Hercules Darnell Hollow
 4
V7- 7A+ Boulder
keiths arete Snake Hill Wild… > Hole N The Wall
 3
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport
Chicanery Sandcrag
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
New Routes and Old Friends Sandcrag
 3
5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a Trad
Hold my Hilti and give me s… Snake Hill Wild… > Hole N The Wall
 3
5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ 19 E2 5b Sport
Table Scraps Snake Hill Wild… > Table Rock
 4
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Wandering Crack Snake Hill Wild… > Trad Wall Area > Trad Wall Roped Routes
 4
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Trad, TR
Black Salamander Snake Hill Wild… > Hole N The Wall
 3
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Free Bolt Rentals Snake Hill Wild… > Table Rock
 4
5.11+ 7a 24 VIII 24 E4 6a Sport
Reverse the Curse Sandcrag
 5
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
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