Flattop Mountain Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, CO that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking.
Directions from Estes Park: Follow Hwy 34 west past the Beaver Meadows Entrance Station to Bear Lake Road. Follow this road to the parking area for the shuttle bus to Bear Lake. The trailhead is located at the end of Bear Lake Road.
The hike up was great. Once you get to the peak you realize why it's called Flattop and there's really nothing to see. It's more for the satisfaction of knowing you got to the top...Most of the views are all well before the peak. We hiked towards the end of September and the weather was nice, it was jacket/sweater weather up until we got to the top where it was extra windy. We threw on our hats and gloves and face protection, and probably could have put our coats on too. Overall, it was great experience!
As a flatlander from Louisiana this hike was a slight challenge. The views were very much worth it. Only got as far as the tree line however due to rain/ice pouring on us.
snow pack on approach above treeline
Awesome!! Chilly up top!!
Was a great hike.
For a flatlander from Cleveland it was a challenge but it was worth it. I would recommend for anyone who wants a nice challenging day hike.
Moderate hike to the 12k "peak" of Flattop Mountain. Decent elevation gain and not too difficult of a hike. Plenty of places to stop and check out the scenery and quite a bit of wildlife on the trail. Took about 3.5 hours total travel time (not including 30 min lunch at the top), but we were booking it to beat possible bad weather that afternoon. There is also a guided horse tour that takes this route, so beware of poop.
It is strenuous, a steep climb, rocky trail and horse poo. The views are worth it. It took me 3.5 hours to get to the top.
Nice hike,bad views from top. Best views on the way up.
Really enjoyed the hike and the views. Completely worth the effort - although it was not as strenuous as I had anticipated it would be, it was the cold weather the wore on us
The views at the top of this are worth it! We came up Andrews Glacier Trail and across To Flattop Trail and I loved this hike. The tundra across the top was beautiful today. Windy and chilly at the top. Loved being able to see Estes Park on one side and Grand Lake on the other.
I did this hike today (8/21) and it was the perfect time of year. Not too hot hiking up and not freezing cold at the top. This is a tough one, but so worth it; the panoramic views from Estes Park to Grand Lake were phenomenal! This is all uphill to the top and going back down isn't cake either, but if you're willing to be sore and tired for a day or two, don't miss this trail.
Great hike! Went on 7/2 and the trail up was clear of snow except for a snow field right before the summit (which was easily crossed with no traction). Saw some wildlife and really enjoyed all the viewpoints along the way
Did the hike to Flattop + Hallett today (6/19). Always a fun trail. Lots of snow this season, but it has melted a lot in the past week. Snow starts a bit at snow line (10,200 ft) and increases after Dream Lake overlook, stopping above treeline (besides the perennial snow field right below the summit of Flattop). Hallett completely clear. Very doable without any traction devices, although they are helpful - just start early to avoid super slushy snow in the afternoon.
Bring your snowshoes and be mindful of where the trail is (know the trail, or bring a map, or have a good topo on your phone). Microspikes may get you to the Dream Lake overlook, but I turned around before then. I suspect snowshoes will be needed into July. Can't wait to try this trail again. Have fun!