Peak(s):  "Citadel, The"  -  13,294 feet
Pettingell Pk  -  13,553 feet
Date Posted:  07/05/2018
Date Climbed:   07/04/2018
Author:  alexhenes
Additional Members:   kristihen
 Heavy Petting..ell (Citadel to Pettingell)  

Our day started at the Herman Gulch trailhead on the east side of the I70 Eisenhower tunnel. From the trailhead we hiked up the main Herman Gulch trail to the lake( roughly 3 miles). We left the trail at the lake and hiked to the saddle between Mount Bethel and the Citadel. From the saddle we climbed the ridge to the base of the Citadel's summit block. This is where the class 3-4 scrambling starts. We scrambled to Citadel's summit and continued along the ridge until we reached the rapel. The rapel station was easy to find and the rap was straight forward. After the rap the scrambling eases up and we hiked to along the ridge to the summit of Pettingell. This is where we made a mistake and descended a nasty scree field off of the summit. Instead we should have retraced our tracks back to a low point just southwest of Pettingell's summit and descended from there. Our round trip was 10.2 miles and 4030 vertical.

For a full account of the trip and more images check out Citadel - Pettingell on Merely a Flesh Wound

Leaving the trail at the lake

Approaching the Citadel's summit

Scrambling on the Ridge

The big rappel

Easier terrain after the rap

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
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