Ascent to Citadel Peak-Just below summit block on 2012-09-29

Climber: Bo Saunders

Others in Party:Lauren
Date:Saturday, September 29, 2012
Ascent Type:Unsuccessful - Turned Back
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Point Reached:Citadel Peak - Just below summit block
    Elevation:13294 ft / 4052 m

Ascent Trip Report

This hike turned out to be a lot longer and a lot more difficult than anticipated. I'm writing this well after the fact, but I recall it was easily going to turn into a 7-8 hour hike, maybe more. There is definitely some class 3 near the top. You loop around (or at least we did) to the west face below the summit. Lots of scree and some snow and it was steep in some areas. Lauren was uncomfortable so we turned back. I would've gone up otherwise; we were so close - maybe 20 mins, 30 mins? Great views in the valley, beautiful lakes - Herman Lake. Had a buffalo burger in Idaho Springs on the way home.
Summary Total Data
    Trailhead:Herman Gulch Trailhead  
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground, Scramble

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