Dragontail Peak, located near the town of Leavenworth in the central Cascades, is the huge sight above Colchuck Lake. Its northwest face is almost a mile wide and 3000 feet high. Serpentine Arete is a classic route on this face, with 2 pitches of 5.8 rock and a LOT of low 5th and 4th class over about 14 pitches. Backcountry permits can be hard to get for this popular area. Forest fires are common in this area in the summer - call the USFS before you leave town to be sure the trails are open.
|Driving Distance from Portland||270 miles|
|Driving Time from Portland||5 hours|
|Expected Duration||Car to car in two or more days|
|Relevant Books||Classic Climbs of the Northwest by Alan Kearney Selected Climbs in the Cascades Vol. 1 by Nelson and Potterfield Cascade Alpine Guide: Columbia River to Stevens Pass by Fred Beckey|
|Relevant Maps||USGS 7 minute series, Enchantment Lakes, and Green Trails No. 209S: The Enchantments, Washington <href="http: maps.google.com="" maps?f="q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=Dragontail+Peak+WA&sll=48.301552,-121.031098&sspn=0.017528,0.045233&ie=UTF8&t=p&z=15&iwloc=addr"" title="Google map">Google map</href="http:>|