Elevation: 1,932 ft
GPS: 36.493, -121.2 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Description

This massive rock, with its 400-foot wall, stands at the head of the canyon. The majestic formation is at the end of the worn approach trail, just uphill from Whitetail Rock. This is a great place to climb on a hot day, as all routes lie on the north face.

Descent: One either can descend via rappel down Power Tools or Costanoan. There are rappel rings on all 4 bolted anchors of Costanoan. This is much safer than downclimbing off the southeast shoulder.

Getting There

Pinnacles National Monument, West Side.

Take the well marked climbers trail off of the Balconies Cave Trail which starts at the Shepherd. Follow past Elephant Rock to the base of the Citadel. Approach is about 45 min from the west side parking lot.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Citadel

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c
 140
Costanoan
Sport 4 pitches
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 17
Power Tools
Sport 4 pitches
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Costanoan
 140
5.4 4a 12 IV 10 VD 3c Sport 4 pitches
Power Tools
 17
5.10c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 4 pitches
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