Peak:  Pettingell Peak (13er)
 Route:  Citadel to Pettingell traverse
 Range:  Front
 Posted By:  nickle
 Date of Info:  07/20/2019
 Date Posted:  07/20/2019

Nice day today on the traverse from Citadel to Pettingell. Route is snow free almost all the way to the Citadel, a few places where you have to traverse snow fields for maybe 30 yards. The traverse is snow-free and in good shape - plenty of loose rock from the freeze-thaw season though, tread lightly.

Rap station on the traverse has probably 5 strands of tat on 2 rap rings and a quicklink, we (party of 2) and a party of approx 10 ahead of use used it without issue.

We did see others climbing Snoopy's Collar as well, looks to still be in good shape with an early start.

Photo #1: Distant view of Citadel and traverse
Photo #2: Mostly snow-free saddle leading to Citadel
Photo #3: Easily avoidable remnant of a cornice
Photo #4: E Citadel summit + traverse
Photo #5: Looking back on traverse + Snoopy's Collar

Photos (click for slideshow):

Comments or Questions
Pettingell Conditions
07/20/2019 19:20
How are the conditions on Pettingell itself? Iâm guessing that the trail from Herman Gulch to the lake below Pettingell is fairly snow free. Thanks!

Herman Lake
07/21/2019 11:38
You're spot on - trail is snow free to Herman Lake and you can avoid snow (or cross 30 yard drifts) all the way to the basin below Citadel/Pettingell

Pettingell itself is also snow free all the way up the S ridgeline to the summit

Thanks for the report
07/23/2019 19:35
Thanks for posting this. I've been wanting to do Snoopy's Backside, Citadel to Pettingell, and Pettingell east ridge all in one go for a while now. After reading your report I decided it's time to go for it!

Allow me to nitpick on the name of the landmark a little: the couloir on the Citadel you can see from Herman Lake / Pettingell is not Snoopy's Collar, but Snoopy's Backside (aka NW Chute). Snoopy's Collar can only be seen from the south side (Dry Gulch approach). From that direction the Citadel looks like Snoopy sleeping on his dog house, and the collar goes right up to his neck. This is a photo of Snoopy's Collar I took in May, hopefully you can see Snoopy sleeping!

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