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.
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Trough:
Hyssop 5.11b Sport, 1 pitch, 50 feet
Wild Rose 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 45 feet
Black Crocus 5.11c Sport, 1 pitch, 40 feet
Featured Route For The Trough
Life in the Trough 5.10a CO : Fort Collins : ... : The Trough
A decent warm-up climb in The Trough. Follow good holds up the face, trending right toward the shallow, left-trending arete/ramp system. There's no specific crux, though route-finding is a little funny; follow the path of least resistance, rather than trying to contrive a line straight through the bolts....[more] Browse More Classics in CO