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. The South Route up this coveted peak, with some moderate glacier travel and 3rd class scrambling. Backcountry permits can be hard to get for this popular (and beautiful) 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, ppg 279-289|
|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:>|