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The Citadel Rock Climbing 

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This massive rock, wit hits 400-foot wall, stands at the head of the canyon. The majestic formation is at the end of the worn approach trail, just auphill from Whitetail Rock. This is a great place to climb on a hot day, as all routes lie ont he north face. One either can descend via rappel down POWER TOOLS, or precariously downclimb off the uphill, southeast bshoulder. Extreme care must be taken in the loose scramble down to the top bolts on POWER TOOLS.

Getting There 

Pinnacles National Monument, West Side.

Take the well marked climbers trail off of the Balconies Cave Trail, south of Machete Ridge. Follow past Elephant Rock to the base of the Citadel. Approach is about 45 min from the west side parking lot.

Climbing Season

For the West Side area.

Weather station 1.1 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',0],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in The Citadel

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Citadel:
Costanoan   5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c     Sport, 4 pitches   
Power Tools   5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b     Sport, 4 pitches, 400'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: Brian Sims heading up pitch 3 on PC.

Power Tools 5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b  CA : Central Coast : ... : The Citadel
Pitch one we climbed the 10b sport (not the 5.9 crack) variation. It was dirty, mossy, traversy, and pretty dang fun. I used single length slings on bolts one and two and didn't get much drag at all. At the anchor atop pitch one I pulled the rope through all of the gear then lowered it back down to Vickie, making it a safer follow. Pitch two head up and right through putting green-like terrain to some (whoooo-hooo) cleaner stone. Pitches 3 and 4 are pretty much clean killer bee sport climbi...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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By John Buchenauer
Jan 10, 2015
The Young Guide says 2 60's are needed to rap off Citadel. I added rings to an intermediate belay on Power Tools, now only ONE 60 meter rope is needed to go top to bottom. Just be careful scrambling down to the top anchors on Power Tools, it's very mossy and very loose.

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