Flattop Mountain

Estes Park, Colorado 80511

Flattop Mountain

Flattop Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Most visitors to Rocky Mountain National Park reach timberline by way of the paved Trail Ridge Road. A good alternative for hikers interested in visiting the higher, treeless reaches of the park is the 4.4-mile Flattop Mountain Trail. Climbing steadily most of the way, this popular route accesses some incredible views and pristine alpine tundra."

Flattop Mountain Reviews

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7/19/2018
Milada, Elena, Justus, Ella and I hiked this. Began at 8a after shuttling from Park 'N Ride. Took us around 5 hours round trip with lots of stops. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the top. Justus summited twice LOL.
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7/8/2018
My favorite hike in RMNP! Awesome views and not too crowded.
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6/28/2004
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10/10/2003
This is one of my favorite hikes in RMNP. It's a moderately easy hike if you're in decent shape, although you may feel the effects of the altitude (13000+). From the trailhead, which cuts north off of the Bear Lake trail, you spend the first few miles in the trees. You'll gradually gain elevation, and to your right, you'll get occasional glimpse of Bear and Gem Lakes below. Then you reach treeline. Watch for wildlife. It's not uncommon to run into mule deer, elk & marmot at this point in the hike. To the South, you'll have fantastic views of Dream & Emerald Lakes, within Tyndall Gorge. From here, it looks like you must be getting close to the summit, but now you must hook around the North side of Flattop Mtn around Tyndall Gorge. It's worth it. There are dramatic views of North and if you look closely, you can see cars on Trail Ridge Rd. Once you reach the summit (you'll see a sign... it's named "Flattop Mtn." for a reason.), spend some time looking around. To your South, you'll see Tyndall Glacier, and below it is Tyndall Gorge and Emerald Lake. Fantastic view. You may choose to continue a 1/2 mile to the summit of Hallet Peak. I usually have a hard time resisting the urge to summit Hallet. It is one of the most striking features in this area of the park, and it is, after all, only another half a mile. Keep an eye on the weather, though. Storms crop up quickly in the Rockies.
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6/26/2003
This is an excellent hike for the reasonably fit hiker. The climb from Bear Lake is fairly continuous and never too steep. Because of the open nature of the upper half of the hike be sure to leave early so that you can be off the summit and out of the open areas before the inevitable afternoon thunderstorms. Once out of the trees there are spectacular views of Hallet Peak's north face, for climbers in the group it is a terrific way to scope out the classic routes on the North Face of this peak. The summit, as the name implies, is flat, spacious and if the weather cooperates is a great lunch stop. This is one of the nicest, easy peaks in the park.
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Trail Information

Estes Park
Nearby City
8.8
Distance
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
6 hours
Duration
June to October
Season
9,475 feet
Trailhead Elevation
12,324 feet
Top Elevation
Rocky Mountain National Park
Local Contacts
USGS McHenrys Peak
Local Maps

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Aug 2018