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Flattop Mountain's south side boasts some phenomenal snow, ice, and mixed climbs but also is host to some OK alpine style rock climbs. The Dragontail Spires are formidable features that tower over the Tyndall Gorge. While the rock quality on the lower half of these towers may leave something to be desired, the upper half of the towers are quality alpine granite presenting unique challenges to the alpine climber. Generally speaking, these routes are alpine-style and the cruxes brief, but there is at least one difficult rock route that ascends the southeast buttress of Dragontail Spire; Dragonslayer (IV 5.11c). The southern aspect allows for all day sun, but the ridge-like nature of these features allow the winds to howl through your bones. You won't find too many folks up here in the summer... so if seclusion is something you seek, these may be the rock routes for you.

Getting There 

From the Bear Lake TH, hike 1.8 miles to Emerald Lake. From the east side of Emerald Lake, contour north and west around the lake through a forested talus field, and either ascend talus or snow (early season) to the base of the Dragontail Spires. It will take roughly 2 hours to get from the TH to the base of the routes depending on fitness.

Climbing Season

For the RMNP - Rock area.

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

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Featured Route For Flattop Mountain

Old Route 5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b  Colorado : Alpine Rock : ... : Flattop Mountain
The Old Route follows a distinct weakness on the south face of Dragontail Spire. In winter, this route is known as "Enter the Dragon" and is, apparently, a quality mixed line in the area. After having climbed this route in summer, I would attest that this very well could be an interesting mixed route in winter. Approach: from Emerald Lake, contour around the lake's north side heading west towards the obvious tower. Ascend snow or talus to the second ledge system on the south face of the DT Spire...[more]   Browse More Classics in Colorado

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