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The Knobs is one of the nicer western PA climbing areas. It's a lot like the Lost Crag as most routes are only 30-40 feet tall and the routes climb to the top of large gritstone boulders. Unlike the Lost Crag, however, most routes are mixed climbs as bolts were only placed were traditional pro is not available and in general, you'll need to bring a full rack for a day of cragging here. There are routes here of all grades, but to fully enjoy the place, climbing 5.10 is a plus. Every route is unique and many are quite technical. There are few top rope options, unless you first lead up one of the routes to reach the top of the block.
The driving approach to The Knobs is the same approach as for the Lost Crag if you are approaching from the bottom of the hill. Follow Dunbar Road out of Dunbar toward Ohiopyle as it runs along Dunbar Creek (on the right side). When the road turns left away from the creek, take the gravel road and continue to follow the creek to a parking area in State Game Lands 51. Park here, and follow the gated dirt road up the hill for approximately 1 mile. When you reach a wooden bridge, continue to the 2nd road/clearing on the right. Take this 2nd road and follow up a short hill. As the angle gets less steep, look for a small trail off to the right. This will follow an old logging road to the cliffs. As you follow this trail, take the left path whenever possible.
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Featured Route For The Knobs (Rob's Knob)
Hard Corey 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a PA : The Knobs (Rob's Knob) : Mungo Jelly Block
This is a great route! Start by climbing up to reach a horizontal. You can place gear here or make a reach up and clip the 1st bolt. Continue climbing up passing another horizontal crack and then a slot. You can place gear in both of these features. Continue climbing up as the holds begin to thin and clip the 2nd bolt. Now the crux begins. Very thin moves to the top on gritstone sloppers. It's best to try to send this route in cool conditions as the crux is fairly friction dependent. ...[more] Browse More Classics in PA