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Description 

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.


8 Total Routes


['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',0],['2 Stars',8],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',1],['5.7',1],['5.8',1],['5.9',5],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['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]

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 S 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Passing the Baton   5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Practice Run   5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Learning Curve   5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
Too Much Nooky, Not Enough Sleep   5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a     Sport, 1 pitch, 50'   
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Learning Curve 5.9- 5c 17 VI HVS 4c  CO : South Platte : ... : The Training Grounds
This starts just to the left of a big tree at the base. The face is well-featured with holds and the bolts lead to a stance on a sloping ledge below a roof. Turning the roof is the crux and involves a long reach....[more]   Browse More Classics in CO

Photos of The Training Grounds Slideshow Add Photo
Chris Perkins absorbs the possibilities on a blue-bird day at the training ground.  Photo by Ben Lane.
Chris Perkins absorbs the possibilities on a blue-...
Training Ground overview....
Training Ground overview....
Early crowd.
Early crowd.
The Training Grounds from Ravenslab.
The Training Grounds from Ravenslab.
Training Ground from Chicken Head Ranch.
Training Ground from Chicken Head Ranch.
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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 Old and Busted
From: Centennial, CO
Jun 3, 2012

Training Grounds.

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.