Sitting high above Herman Lake and the surrounding area, the Citadel fills the skyline. This Colorado 13er is a climbers paradise requiring the use of rock climbing techniques, scrambling, and steep snow climbing to reach the summit. From the cirque below, the ridge connecting Pettingell to the Citadel looks like it goes on forever and the dramatic relief of the snow couloirs seems immense.
Topping out at 13,533 feet above sea level, this magnificent mountain really exemplifies what Colorado mountaineering is all about. A beautiful and serene approach from the trailhead leads steadily upwards towards the high alpine tundra where the real fun begins.
There are many different variations used to gain the ridge and twin summits of the Citadel. Our expert guides tailor the exact route towards you and your ability level and the current snow conditions. This may include rock climbing up to 5.4 to gain the ridge, or it may include an airy rappel off the ridge. Once on the ridge, prepare yourself for dramatic drop offs on both sides as you scramble and climb over precarious terrain, all while taking in the incredible views of Colorado.
Climbing the Citadel is a big day and can be made even bigger by combining it with Pettingell and traversing the entire ridge. Join us in climbing one of Colorado’s most underrated mountains!
Prerequisites & More information:
Recommended experience level: intermediate to advanced
This is a very-strenuous climb
Rock climbing up to 5.4, steep snow climbing, and tremendous exposure await