Dragon's Tail Couloir Climber's Log

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Action Crackerson - May 25, 2021 7:36 am Date Climbed: May 24, 2021

5/24/21 Lost and Found and conditions  Sucess!

On 5/24/21, I left a goggle case w/two lenses at a medium boulder a few hundred feet above the lake where we transitioned. If found, I will pay for shipping and give a $30 reward. Jackson (205) Six 1 Three 9 Oh 2 Three. I will delete the Lost and Found message after a spell to avoid cluttering this thread.

Conditions on 5/24: Trail to emerald lake had 3 or 4 blank patches. Flattop trail also uncovered/inconstistently covered for the first mile and a half or so. The left fork of the couloir had a 6 or 8 foot deep bergshcrund below a partially covered rock step (spooky to step over). Otherwise still snow all the way up. Effectively no cornice over the left fork. Saw some pretty big cornice over the right fork (Incissor?) and over on Dead Elk.


shanahan96 - May 29, 2017 7:48 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2017

dragon ride  Sucess!

pretty cool climb up the dragon's tail on memorial day. good snow conditions as i was able to climb lots of the route in the shade and top out early morning. fun day in RMNP!


Senad Rizvanovic

Senad Rizvanovic - Mar 28, 2015 11:00 pm Date Climbed: Mar 28, 2015

Dragon's Tail Couloir  Sucess!

Dragon's tail in march, great climb, conditions weren't good, but still we did enjoy this climb. Great route.


ashish - Feb 12, 2015 12:05 am Date Climbed: Mar 20, 2009


with a guide. first mountaineering route!

Ted Eliason

Ted Eliason - May 14, 2014 11:22 am Date Climbed: May 10, 2014

Nice 6hrs Car to Car  Sucess!

Don't know why I had put off this super quick and accessible training run. An easy route to do laps on.


DaveEngle - Jul 5, 2013 10:43 am

Re: Left Branch

Was there still quite a bit of snow in the couloir and what did the base (apron) look like when you climbed it last? Did you go solo?


SarahThompson - Jun 1, 2013 5:57 pm Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2013

Left Branch  Sucess!

Took the left branch. Great snow conditions. Bit of fairly easy icy rock near top. Nice climb, especially considering the short and easy approach.


astrobassman - Apr 24, 2012 12:15 am Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2012

Nice Route  Sucess!

Long day since we roped up the entire route to practice simul climbing, although this is definitely not needed. Great setting.

ripper333 - Apr 11, 2012 11:24 am Date Climbed: Apr 10, 2012

ski  Sucess!

supa fun day climbing and skiing this piece of real estate with a clown :0


colint - Jun 20, 2011 11:19 am Date Climbed: Jun 19, 2011

Deep snow in June  Sucess!

Deep snows this year made this climb very straightforward, like climbing a really long slushy staircase. There was a small piece of ice in at the rock step, but I wish there had been about 100 meters more!


JonW - May 8, 2011 10:45 pm Date Climbed: May 7, 2011

Quite Scenic  Sucess!

Very scenic but somewhat boring climb. Was expecting more based on Cooper's book, but the route was very filled in during early 2011.


StephanieLynn - Oct 19, 2010 6:08 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2009

early season climb  Sucess!

A very enjoyable couloir climb. A chunk of snow from the walls above us almost took out Heather... scary! The exit was my favorite part.


Gumbie - Oct 1, 2010 8:45 am

5/5 stars  Sucess!

With Adam


cushman - May 26, 2010 11:35 am Date Climbed: May 22, 2010

DTC  Sucess!

Soft by 7am, CTC in 4:30, descent via Flattop Trail


ChrisHunley - Mar 27, 2009 5:32 pm Date Climbed: May 12, 2007

Love Couloirs  Sucess!

Aesthetic line in a beautiful setting. Weather was perfect.


heather14 - Mar 23, 2009 11:03 pm Date Climbed: Mar 22, 2009

Sweet Climb  Sucess!

Thanks to the warm winter the snow in the couloir was pretty nice for a March climb. The sidewall however decided to shed a layer down on us. The crux still had enough snow on it that it seemed more like a short class 3 scramble. A great climb overall!


rkymtn - Sep 25, 2008 12:12 pm Date Climbed: Apr 23, 2006

Great Climb  Sucess!

This was a fun and fast climb with Haliku. We had a moment of mutual respect with the skiers about to descend.


Gareth - May 11, 2008 8:36 pm Date Climbed: May 10, 2008

Dragon's Tail Couloir  Sucess!

I climbed with slowpoke. The couloir had somewhere around a foot of new snow in it covering the wet and poorly consolidated snow underneath. The climb consisted of a relentless plowing upward to form a trench. It was good that there was a big group of us up there to break trail! Plenty of spindrift blowing up the couloir, with a couple of small snow slides near the top. Did I mention that it felt freaking cold! What month was it again? It sure felt like a winter climb!

Roam Around - Apr 28, 2008 11:57 am Date Climbed: Apr 26, 2008

First of the season  Sucess!

First couloir of the season! Conditions varied from really stable avy debris to complete sugar powder - but no slabs forming up the whole length.


Bonesaw - Jan 11, 2008 10:00 am Date Climbed: May 15, 2002

Awesome day!  Sucess!

This was my intro to mountaineering and it was incredible. I'm hooked!

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