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The Lost Crag Rock Climbing 


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Location: 39.91958, -79.5805 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Jeremy Steck on Jun 7, 2009
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Description 

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 There 

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.

There's an alternate approach to reach this crag that begins in the State Game Lands parking area on the top of the hill. This approach is probably slightly longer, but is mostly flat and less strenuous. Most people seem to prefer the approach described above.

Rock Type 

Gritstone.

Governance 

Pennsylvania Game Commission State Game Lands 51 .

Climbing Season

For the Southwestern Highlands area.

Weather station 4.8 miles from here

77 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',31],['2 Stars',39],['1 Star',7],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',10],['5.7',7],['5.8',10],['5.9',10],['5.10',27],['5.11',12],['5.12',1],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]


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Rock Climbing Photo: Campus Corner.

Campus Corner 5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b  Pennsylvania : Southwestern Highlands : ... : Cave World
This is a very short climb, but very fun! Start at the low overhang at the base of the obvious arete of Cave World. Make good use of jugs and heel hooks and look for the refrigerator door handle near the top. You can place some gear in the lower horizontals or just stick clip the bolt. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in Pennsylvania

Photos of The Lost Crag Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: I tried to match the topo to the route listings.  ...
BETA PHOTO: I tried to match the topo to the route listings. ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Lost Crag Map
Lost Crag Map
Rock Climbing Photo: Page 2 of topo to route guide key
BETA PHOTO: Page 2 of topo to route guide key
Rock Climbing Photo: The Brutal Block.
BETA PHOTO: The Brutal Block.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Chimney Block.  Long Live the Klingons (left s...
BETA PHOTO: The Chimney Block. Long Live the Klingons (left s...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Entrance Block, main Face.  Left to right:  Pu...
BETA PHOTO: The Entrance Block, main Face. Left to right: Pu...
Rock Climbing Photo: S.B.R. Block, left side.
BETA PHOTO: S.B.R. Block, left side.
Rock Climbing Photo: The Shortstack.  In photo:  Unnamed, 5.10b, trad (...
BETA PHOTO: The Shortstack. In photo: Unnamed, 5.10b, trad (...
Rock Climbing Photo: Early summer trail growth on the alternative appro...
Early summer trail growth on the alternative appro...
Rock Climbing Photo: An image of Jeremy Steck's upload superimposed on ...
An image of Jeremy Steck's upload superimposed on ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Picture of the correct clearing with the planted t...
Picture of the correct clearing with the planted t...
Rock Climbing Photo: Picture of the gate that blocks Limestone Run Road...
Picture of the gate that blocks Limestone Run Road...
Rock Climbing Photo: Picture in the clearing looking uphill due south n...
Picture in the clearing looking uphill due south n...

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By Eugenel
From: PA
May 9, 2016
Bring plant shears. Its overgrown early in spring. Its nearly impassable middle of summer with thorns attacking you left and right.
By Pete Baertsch
From: Connellsville, PA
May 18, 2016
Check out this interactive map showing the location of several popular and open access climbing areas in SWPA! Also has info for Rob's Knobs and Lost Crag parking and approach. SWPA Sandstone
By Mark Verosky
From: Columbus, Ohio
Jun 11, 2017
Feel the need to include this information just because I think there isn't a lot of information about this place and it is also roughly 40 minute approach up hill and want to give people a better idea about what they are getting into.

Getting There: Unlike the comment above, I had absolutely no issues with getting to the crag. No thorns or anything unexpected, just a hot hike. It is all up hill and the description on how to get there is very easy to follow.

The Routes Themselves: When I got here the routes were in poor condition. I had the holds break on me multiple times. The routes are also very very short, basically could make high ball boulders of a lot of the routes. Also to note, as of June 2017, a wasp nest is present on the front of the entrance block.
Sport Routes: A lot of the hardware was rusted. This left only some of the routes with hardware that I would feel comfortable leading with.
Trad Routes: Tricams would be really really helpful to bring along. Didn't find much use for passive pro.

Overall Impression: Not really worth the time. 40 minutes to go climb routes that are 15 to 30 feet high is not worth it in my opinion, especially when a lot of the hardware is rusted.
By Eugenel
From: PA
Jun 25, 2017
SWPCC rebolting project has begun. Should be complete by end of summer. At this point about ten of the oldest highest traffic routes have been rebolted.

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