Dragontail Peak Climber's Log

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rtgomez90

rtgomez90 - Jul 30, 2019 2:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 21, 2019

standard rte  Sucess!

~10hrs c2c stuart lk TH

kronshage3

kronshage3 - Jul 28, 2019 5:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 27, 2019

Dragontail and Witches  Sucess!

This was my second time up Dragontail. Combined it with Witches Tower to spruce things up a bit. This was my first time in the Enchantments in the middle of summer and dang was it busy. Got to the parking lot at 6AM and it was already overflowing down the road. After talking around and seeing where everyone was going, it turns out that the thru hike thing is crazy popular now with people parking cars at bother trailheads. Anyways, route is super straightforward as always. Lots of goats. Solid trail and rock all the way except for the super short snowfield section (read further to hear about a crazy story on this section). Views were dynamite as expected and good weather. Descended down and followed the east ridge towards Dragontail East. Right before the East summit, we dropped down a seriously steep rock. All scrambling combined with several low to mid-fifth moves. Will definitely get your hands a bit sweaty if you were in running shoes like us. The snow off to the side was almost vertical so I am not sure what the proper way is to descend. We encountered a couple of rappel slings on our descent to the base of Witches. The scramble up Witches Tower is easy.

From the top we saw someone fall while descending the snowfield off Dragontail. Truly scary to watch. It didn't look like they had an ice axe (or knew how to use one) since it looked like they were flailing their arms and legs into the snow trying to slow down. The slid a couple of times before eventually stopping about half way before the rocky bottom. Someone else (maybe a climbing partner) eventually made it over to them and helped them get out. The fall and "rescue" lasted over an hour. BRING AN ICE AXE. We were probably one of two groups on summit with an ice axe. Everyone else was an ultralight trail runner with trekking poles and nothing else.

birdhead

birdhead - Jul 12, 2019 11:08 am Date Climbed: Jul 10, 2019

From Aasgard Pass  Sucess!

Awesome area! Day hiked from Stuart/Colchuck Lake trailhead in 9 hours car-to-car. Hike to the lake is easy. Hike up Aasgard Pass is steep but there is a relatively good trail on the left side of the chute. Lots of goats were out! From the pass I climbed rock and snow near the ridge on the right. I used ice axe and micro spikes on the upper snow field as it is fairly steep and there were no boot tracks - this section went slowly. After the snow field the climb to the summit is easy. Also climbed a class 4/5 spire on top that looked like it might be higher than the other summits, but when I got to the top I realized it was not higher.

JLuthanen

JLuthanen - Jul 2, 2019 9:21 am Date Climbed: Jun 23, 2019

BAL commemorative climb #4  Sucess!

Climbed via the Colchuck Glacier and wanted to make a circuit down Aasgard, but opted for going back down snow (much less snow on Aasgard and didn't want to work hard on the descent). LOOONG day for just a single summit, but leg still healing from surgery in Feb. 10% chance of rain meant 100% chance of 10% strength (definite rain / snow from lake and up top). Snow consistently punchy early, mashed potatoes later - only deviation from this was some icy sections within the melt / refreeze of boot pack. Top was socked in but got a little sunnier on the downclimb. No goats, no other people on the route - good day in the Enchantments

beaudaddy85

beaudaddy85 - Oct 21, 2018 5:55 pm Date Climbed: Aug 27, 2018

Walk Up  Sucess!

The whole trip was in whiteout fog! The snow traverse was hard ice so ice axe and crampons were mandatory through that section. Moat at top of snow field which added some scrambling... was surprised that the summit block was such a walk up. Herd of goats on the summit made it interesting.

texas->PNW - Oct 18, 2018 6:57 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2018

Stonewalled by steep ice

Made it up to the col that ascends to the summit ridge. We were unable to make it to the ridge because there was about 150 feet of steep ice (45+ degree) standing in the way. Not everyone had crampons and a fall would be a 300 ft slide on ice into the rocks below.

We saw over 100 people on the way back down Asgard Pass.

SloJay

SloJay - Jun 26, 2018 8:34 pm Date Climbed: May 19, 2018

Dragontail Peak  Sucess!

We had crap weather all day but managed a successful summit push during a weather window

kronshage3

kronshage3 - Jun 2, 2018 6:10 pm Date Climbed: Jun 2, 2018

Via East Ridge  Sucess!

Did this one as a day hike. Road is super easy to drive to Colchuck/Stuart TH. Trail is completely snow-free to Colchuck Lake. On and off snow around lake and up Aasgard Pass. The snow was pretty soft today, probably need to start pretty early as the days get warmer. Saw some skier on Colchuck Glacier. Ice axe highly suggested and traction (while probably optional) can be useful on snowfield to east ridge.

chandlerhaberlack

chandlerhaberlack - Jul 31, 2017 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2017

First Bulger Peak  Sucess!

Best view I've ever had

climber46

climber46 - Oct 24, 2016 6:57 am Date Climbed: Sep 6, 2011

Dragontail and Colchuck Peak  Sucess!

Climbed up via Colchuck Glacier and summited both Colchuck and Dragontail, then descended via Asgard Pass back to my campsite on Colchuck Lake. I met two other climbers while ascending.

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson - Jul 31, 2016 4:05 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2016

Solo day hike w/ Little Annapurna  Sucess!

Standard route via Aasgard. Early morning snow was firm enough that I was glad to have my axe. After Dragontail I dropped down past Aasgard about 2/3 of a mile to check out the upper basin. From here I decided I had enough gas for Little Annapurna. After getting to the top of Little A I headed back down into the basin, then back up to Aasgard, then down (after jumping in Colchuck Lake). I'm sure there was a quicker way to get back to Aasgard, but why rush in a place like the Enchantments?

All told I think the elevation gain was about 7000', making this one of my biggest day hikes so far.

10:50 c2c

Ian Culhane

Ian Culhane - Jun 20, 2016 1:46 am Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2016

Standard Route  Sucess!

Great climb as part of a 5 day thru-hike of the Enchantments. Took about 1.5 hours to reach the top from our camp at Tranquil Lake. Ice axes are mandatory this time of year, with microspikes/crampons being a useful addition (we made do without by kicking steps). The scramble from the ridge is way easier than we expected; definitely class 2, not class 3. Mediocre views due to cloud cover, but still worth the effort.

OwenT

OwenT - Jul 12, 2015 10:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2015

Good day  Sucess!

Planned for Dragontail and Witches Tower but almost decided to stop after Witches Tower because of thick clouds. A small break in the clouds gave us some hope so we headed for Dragontail via the Little Annapurna snow col. Limited visibility there but good enough, made the top and got partial view, the weather was beautiful the rest of the day. Long and hard day but so worth it.

tcingrum

tcingrum - Jun 16, 2015 8:58 am Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2015

Scramble route  Sucess!

From the top of Colchuck col.

kevinsa

kevinsa - Jun 14, 2015 6:02 pm Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2015

Dragontain  Sucess!

Via the west route from Colchuck Col.

goleary - Jan 30, 2015 9:30 pm Date Climbed: Jun 8, 2014

Beautiful day  Sucess!

10.5 hours car to car with plenty of time to enjoy the scenery. Some of our crew used crampons others just hiking boots. Definitely going to come back and camp at the lake next time for the sunrise/sunset.

Euphonia

Euphonia - Dec 18, 2014 6:48 pm Date Climbed: May 25, 2014

Standard route  Sucess!

one day trek. Long but so worth it.

bedellympian

bedellympian - Oct 4, 2014 1:58 am Date Climbed: Aug 18, 2014

Backbone  Sucess!

Fun day out climbing. Got off route coming down asgard pass in the dark, got back to the car around midnight. Otherwise a great day of climbing and a sweet summit.

MattDurkee

MattDurkee - Jun 8, 2014 12:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2002

From Aasgard Pass  Sucess!

Unsure of exact date. Camping in Colchuck parking lot.

CzechMark

CzechMark - Nov 12, 2013 5:00 pm Date Climbed: Jun 29, 2013

Long day  Sucess!

11 hours car to car. Took the Southeast route up from Aasgard Pass.

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