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Beginner's Luck S 
First Blood T 
Learning Curve S 
Passing the Baton S 
Practice Run S 
Thunder T 
Too Much Nooky, Not Enough Sleep S 
Whole Lotta Sober T 

The Training Grounds  

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The Training Grounds is located in the lower west valley of the Devil's Head area. It contains 6 routes at present, all easier than 5.10. The wall faces east which provides morning sun or afternoon shade. The wall is about 50' high and well featured with chickenheads and incut holds. This is a great place for the novice leader.

Getting There 

Park at the regular fire tower trailhead. Hike the trail to just before the bridge and pass behind a log fence onto another trail on the right. This is the old trail to the fire tower. After hiking approximately ten minutes, and after a big switchback, look for a another trail on the right which heads south. This trail is marked by some cairins and logs. Another 5 minutes of hiking will take you up over a pass. From here, the trail descends to the south. A fork marked with signs pointing to the Training Grounds to the right and Chickenhead Ranch to the left will soon be reached. Head to the right, uphill, on a trail marked with cairins. The Training Grounds will be on your left. After reaching a level pass head left, next to the rock, to the start of the routes.

Climbing Season

Weather station 7.1 miles from here

8 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Training Grounds:
Beginner's Luck   5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Passing the Baton   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Practice Run   5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Learning Curve   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Too Much Nooky, Not Enough Sleep   5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Practice Run 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c  CO : South Platte : ... : The Training Grounds
Follow the 2nd bolt line from the right. Short cruxes are encountered at the overhangs which are easier if tall (still fun for the small though). Head up the face aiming for the center of a small arch. The yellow lichen bulge is the first difficulty, then pull over the arch onto really cool chicken heads, and head up and slightly right to a shared anchor. Clipping the anchor is probably the real crux, since everything is a little sloping and insecure (compared to all the in-cut holds to whic...[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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Training Ground overview....
Training Ground overview....
Training Ground from Chicken Head Ranch.
Training Ground from Chicken Head Ranch.
The Training Grounds from Ravenslab.
The Training Grounds from Ravenslab.
Chris Perkins absorbs the possibilities on a blue-...
Chris Perkins absorbs the possibilities on a blue-...
Early crowd.
Early crowd.
If not for the routes, the Training Grounds boast ...
If not for the routes, the Training Grounds boast ...

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By fran
Aug 2, 2011
THANK YOU to whoever provided the signs. Though the trail is quite clear, they made me much happier.
By Ben Cassedy
From: Denver, CO
May 27, 2012
This crag has a nice base area and surprisingly steep and high-quality rock for a wall of moderates. Recommended.
By Tom R
From: Denver, CO
Jun 4, 2012
Nope. The raptor closure is on the far east side of the mountain and does not include anything in the guidebook.
By Chris Ilg
From: Boulder, CO
Aug 18, 2014
During summer, Training Ground is in the sun in the morning (hot) and shaded in the afternoon (cooler).
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