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.
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]
Featured Route For The Trough
Life in the Trough 5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a 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
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.