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The Citadel is one of the Organ's better known climbing spots. It is home to several well established routes in a wonderful secluded setting. Dennis Jackson's guide only highlights the best climbs on this formation. There is still lots of room for exploration.
From the Topp Hut continue along the 4x4 road until it forks. Take the left fork which ends abruptly at an old mine. The trail into Rabbit Ears Canyon starts behind the tailings from this mine and is easy to find and follow up to the base of Rabbit Ear Canyon. At the base of Rabbit Ear Canyon, the Lambda Wall is set back to your left and Rabbit Ears Slabs are on the right. The Citadel is the steeper formation ahead on the right. Follow up the canyon over some more difficult terrain.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for The Citadel:
West Ridge 5.6 4c 14 V S 4b Trad, 4 pitches, 650'
Clem's Folly 5.7 5a 15 V+ MVS 4b Trad, 3 pitches, 400'
Murray's Crack 5.8 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 120'
Wish You Were Here 5.8+ 5b 16 VI- HVS 4c Trad, 1 pitch, 150'
Glad We Came 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Sport, 1 pitch, 145'
Arch Rival 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 2 pitches
The Nose 5.9 5c 17 VI HVS 5a Trad, 140'
Finger Zinger 5.10a/b 6a+ 19 VI+ E2 5b PG13 Sport, 1 pitch, 90'
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Second Thoughts 5.9+ 5c 17 VI E1 5a R NM : Organ Mountains : ... : The Citadel
Follow the right leaning hand and fist crack, an old bail out (old bolt and piton) is about 40 feet off the ground. An RP can help protect a constriction in the crack after that. After the crack, move to the right and come out to a ledge, may be a 15 ft runout to the next bolt/placement. Finish the climb with a couple fun face moves going up towards a two bolt anchor.This is good climb for a summer morning, not too far from the arroyo trail....[more] Browse More Classics in NM
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