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.
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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Edge of Time Arete 5.10+ Trad, Alpine, 14 pitches, 2000 feet, Grade IV
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Edge of Time Arete 5.10+ 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.New Trip Report and New Improved Topoclick belowCitadel ... Edge of Time Arete...[more] Browse More Classics in CA