THE CITADEL AREA
The Citadel Area is tucked away within several small, loosely interconnected valleys choked with aspen and pines near gurgling streams and beaver dams along the south fork of Middle Crow Creek. The only intruders you’ll find are occasional cattle, deer, moose, raptors floating overhead and possibly another climbing party. Two main access points are from Rd. 700 to Rd. 700L on the west and Rd. 700 to Rd. 700c on the east. You may have to open a gate or two to get here, so close them after passing through and there are pullouts for parking nowadays – didn’t used to be this ‘civilized’!! Some trails thread throughout the area, although you may find that ‘bushwhacking’ will cut a more straight line to your objective. It’s an adventurous place that seems so remote it may cause some concern, however it is well worth exploring for some classic routes that exist here.
The hair raising start of ‘Spit Off’ (5.11c)
A remote treat with awesome, inventive climbs!
The FOUR FORMATIONS of the CITADEL AREA are:
1.) MECHANICAL TRANSMISSION CRAG
2.) CITADEL ROCK
3.) THE SHORT WALL (including the ‘Superb Arete’)
4.) PLUMB LINE