The Playground is in the Sore Heel Hollow area of the PMRC. The rock is in two segments that meet in a corner. To the left of the corner the rock is overhung and pocketed. To the right of the corner the rock is more slabby. The corner itself is a trad route called Octopus Tag. All the climbs at The Playground are good, forty to sixty feet high, and primarily sport routes with two trad routes.
Park in the Sore Heel Hollow parking lot. Follow the road opposite the parking lot north, switching back until you're above the parking lot kiosk. Take the road towards the east, past trails on the left to Volunteer Wall and Left Field until you reach the marked trail leading to The Playground.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Playground:
Octopus Tag 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 1 pitch, 65'
Slide 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Tire Swing 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 60'
Monkey Bars 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Jungle Gym 5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- E2 5b Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Balance Beam 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Steal the Bacon 5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 65'
Capture the Flag 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
Red Rover 5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c Sport, 1 pitch
Teeter Totter 5.11c 6c+ 24 VIII- E4 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 80'
Crack the Whip 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a Sport, 1 pitch, 50'
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Octopus Tag 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b KY : Red River Gorge : ... : The Playground
Tons o fun the entire way.This route starts off as an awkward flake with a few face holds to a decent sized ledge. From there, enter the chimney to experience secure climbing that will leave you smiling the whole way. Exit the chimney and step onto a ledge, soaking in the view. From here, climb a short flake to the anchors. Beware of the pricker bush on the ledge....[more] Browse More Classics in KY
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