Dragon’s Tail Couloir

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Dragon’s Tail Couloir

Submitted By: Y.C. on April 29, 2011

Administrator: Y.C.

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Colorado » Front Range

East Portal Trailhead

We skied this in a storm and it was our first time up there.  So I didn't get a good look around.  We skied the north east facing aspects just to the southwest of the first large lake in the forest lakes area.  We skied mellow terrain but there looked like there was steeper chutes above us towards the ridgeline to our south.

A better area to ski might be if you take a left off the trail towards forest lakes and head towards arapaho lakes, up trail 818 as labeled on the nat geo trails illustrated map (#103 for this area).  It appears you gain elevation more quickly and may have more sustained, slightly steeper terrain - which would be an improvement over the aspects described above.

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E_Poore
Posted on Sep 30, 2013 @ 8:38 pm

Love this route.  It is a nice approach and amazing climbing.  I would recommend it for anyone who is looking for a little more of a challenge.  That being said, it is a serious route so know what you are getting into.  A rope is not a bad idea especially if you have limited snow climbing experience. 

NOTE: There can be a large cornice at the top of the couloir depending on the snow year.  As a result topping out can be tricky.  If you are not able to top out do not try to make it to the very top.  It will be nearly impossible to get into your skis.

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