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Routes in The Training Grounds

Beginner's Luck S 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
First Blood T 5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
Learning Curve S 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c
Passing the Baton S 5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
Practice Run S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Thunder T 5.9+ 5c 17 VI 17 E1 5a PG13
Too Much Nooky, Not Enough Sleep S 5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
Whole Lotta Sober T 5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
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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.

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fran  
THANK YOU to whoever provided the signs. Though the trail is quite clear, they made me much happier. Aug 2, 2011
Ben Cassedy
Denver, CO
Ben Cassedy   Denver, CO
This crag has a nice base area and surprisingly steep and high-quality rock for a wall of moderates. Recommended. May 27, 2012
Tom R
Denver, CO
Tom R   Denver, CO
Nope. The raptor closure is on the far east side of the mountain and does not include anything in the guidebook. Jun 4, 2012
Anona I.
Boulder, CO
Anona I.   Boulder, CO
During summer, Training Ground is in the sun in the morning (hot) and shaded in the afternoon (cooler). Aug 18, 2014
Jake Barney
Denver, CO
Jake Barney   Denver, CO
The "Getting There" beta is very good, we had no trouble finding the crag. However some of the time/distance estimates seem a bit long: total hike in for us was about 25 minutes, out in 20. Beautiful hike through an aspen forest on an easy to follow trail.

We were a little confused as we found a couple of sport routes on the back-side of The Training Grounds before finding the main wall. Considerably steeper and in the morning shade. Aug 23, 2015
Jay Eggleston
Denver
Jay Eggleston   Denver
The rock on the opposite side of the Training Ground is Scooter Trash Wall. Aug 23, 2015
Geoff U
Centennial, CO
Geoff U   Centennial, CO
Great crag for kids, esp the 5.6. Most of the routes are 45 ft. Jun 5, 2017

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