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The Citadel Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 11,744'
Location: 37.06489, -118.61914 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: rocky233 on Jul 20, 2006
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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.

Climbing Season

For the 08 - Bishop Pass and Evolution area.

Weather station 7.6 miles from here

2 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['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:
Edge of Time Arete   5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b     Trad, Alpine, 14 pitches, 2000'   
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Rock Climbing Photo: crux pitch. mid 10 jamming thru a bulge

Edge of Time Arete 5.10+ 6b+ 21 VII+ 20 E3 5b  California : 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 California

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Rock Climbing Photo: The Citadel (bottom) and Devils Crags (top) as see...
The Citadel (bottom) and Devils Crags (top) as see...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Citadel (north face). Edge of Time is the prom...
BETA PHOTO: The Citadel (north face). Edge of Time is the prom...

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