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Elevation: 11,744'
Location: 37.06489, -118.61914 View Map  Incorrect?
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BETA PHOTO: The Citadel (north face). Edge of Time is the prom...


The Citadel rises over 3000 ft above the Middle Fork of the Kings River, and is one of the most impressive walls in the Sierra. There are a couple moderate ridge climbs to the summit, but the finest routes are on The Citadel's steep north face. While this peak can be seen for miles away, it probably gets few ascents due to the long approach and the need to cross the Kings River.

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Citadel ... Edge of Time Arete

Getting There 

From Bishop, drive 18 miles west to South Lake. From the trailhead at South Lake, hike the Bishop Pass Trail 12.5 miles to Le Conte Canyon. Here BPT ends at a junction with the John Muir Trail which parallels the Middle Fork of the Kings River. Head south on the John Muir a couple miles and find a way to cross the river upstream from Ladder Creek. Then head up the small valley toward The Citadel and cross Ladder Creek when you can.

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Weather station 7.6 miles from here

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Featured Route For The Citadel
crux pitch. mid 10 jamming thru a bulge

Edge of Time Arete 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  CA : High Sierra : ... : The Citadel
Edge of Time follows the northeast arete and is long and sustained. It offers classic alpine climbing in a superb setting. A major issue in climbing this route is crossing the Kings River. If you go too early the river may not be crossable.Find the start by looking up for the big tree at the top of pitch 3. There is a left facing dihedral at the bottom that you will have to do a few moves to get into. Start down and about 10 feet right of that dihedral depending on snow level. We had no snow. P1...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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