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The Trough Rock Climbing 

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Location: 40.67515, -105.42912 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Orphaned on Oct 19, 2008  with updates from Ken Duncan
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The Trough is a steep, primarily west-facing wall on the north side of CO Highway 14 directly across the road from mile marker 103. It keeps morning shade until late morning in the summer, gets some afternoon sun in the fall/winter, and has an extremely short approach. There are at least 7 bolted climbs on this wall, with the four older (uphill) routes another testament to the vision and energy of Craig Luebben. The rock is fairly typical of the Poudre, meaning that it usually climbs a bit better than it first appears.

Getting There 

From the intersection of US Highway 287 and CO Highway 14, take CO 14 west for about 30 minutes. The Trough is at the lower end of the upper narrows, and appears just after rounding its first bend - look for a traffic sign on the right (visible in the picture) and the green mile marker on the opposite side. There is a spacious parking area just past this on the right, with the crag visible behind you a few dozen paces back down the road towards the east. When you leave, it is far better to continue west, either past the Narrows or to the small pull-out below East of Eden, to a safer turn-around spot with better views of oncoming traffic.

Climbing Season

Weather station 8.7 miles from here

6 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Trough

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Trough:
Hyssop   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Featured Route For The Trough
Rock Climbing Photo: High As I Wanna Be is the left line.

High As I Wanna Be 5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a  CO : Fort Collins : ... : The Trough
This nice face climb is just right of the obvious crack feature. Crimp edges down low lead to a slightly overhung face that is higher quality than one might expect....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

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By Aaron Martinuzzi
Mar 8, 2009
Climbed here 6-Mar-2009. Rock is definitely solid, although it might not appear that way. Climbed a route following the 6th line of bolts up the gully (Hyssop being the first route). Face holds and a ledge-y system yielded one star, 5.10a climbing.
By Michael Botkin
From: Fort Collins, CO
Jun 5, 2015
Climbed here for the first time this week, and although everything appears to be choss, the quality isn't half bad if you're looking for a few shaded routes if Snake Eyes Wall is full. According to the guidebook, the routes starting from the road going up the gully are as follows:

1. Hyssop, *, 11b, 6 bolts.
2. Wild Rose, *, 11c, 6 bolts.
3. Black Crocus, *, 11c, 5 bolts.
4. Dog Will Hunt, 11d, 1 bolt.
5. My Name is Mud, 10d, 4 bolts.
6. Life In The Trough, ** 10a, 6 bolts.
7. High As I Wanna Be, **, 12a, 6 bolts.

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