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29 days ago

Absolutely amazing hike. Has incredible views of most of Estes and RMNP, as well as unique areal views of nymph and dream lakes. The hike alongside flattop takes a while, but highly recommend continuing to Hallett peak. There are nice rock walls built up on the peak to help shield from the wind coming from the west side of the divide. Make sure that you have good weather and summit earlier in the day as the majority of the hike is above tree line. Also cool because it’s one of the only marked hikes in the park that you can get onto a glacier - just be careful as it’s steep!

Great views easy addition to flattop
Worth the extra effort

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous hike. I hiked this in August. The raspberries lining the switchbacks right above treeline were a welcome surprise

hiking
2 months ago

This hike will convince you to move to Colorado! Have completed it several times and it still never gets old. Bring a couple of liters and crush it. If you do it in March, prepare to post hole for six hours.

Gorgeous country and great hike. Very peaceful and the trail is certainly challenging at times.

hiking
3 months ago

You will need snowshoes for the last 2 or 3 miles after the Sunday storm. Close to lion lake, snow was at least 3 feet deep. We had to break the trail after junction between Lion and Thunder lakes.

3 months ago

My son and I arrived today from Cleveland. The hike was wonderful and challenging. As we climbed the wind picked up and temp dropped. We didn’t start till 2:30 and made it above tree line and to the final push to Hallett but happily turned back. It was wonderful but the weather reminded us to have respect for Mother Nature. What a beautiful hike.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful but can be quite windy! Come prepared for that!

hiking
4 months ago

Great views for more than half of this hike! I finished this on Sunday 9/9 and even though it was a super warm day the summit of Flattop and Hallet were VERY windy. The weather/season is definitely changing, so it is time to start packing gloves, beanies, extra layers etc. The views from Hallet are much better than on the top of Flattop so if you have about 30 more minutes of push in you it’s worth the extra mileage. I summited Flattop in 2.15 and by 2.40 I was at the top of Hallet, RT was about 5 hours. Aspens are changing which is always a plus!

hiking
4 months ago

Hiked/ran this trail with my friends this morning (9/6). Got to the Bear Lake parking lot around 7:30 am and there were not many people there. We passed a handful of people on the way up, and got to the summit 1hr 50min later (we are fast hikers). It was a bit windy and cold on the top, so I recommend bringing extra layers if you're hiking in the fall! After climbing down the steeper section near the summit, we ran the rest of the way down and that took is about an hour. So total time was just under 3 hours for us - if you're a trail runner/fit endurance athlete use this for reference.

on Hallett Peak

hiking
4 months ago

Arrived at Bear Lake parking lot at 8:15, Tuesday, 09/04. Still 10-15 parking spots. Nice hike and only 20 people on the trail over the 9 mile stretch. Summited at 11:30, and had it all to myself for 20 minutes. Great views of The west aspect of Long's Peak.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike. Got there at 8AM on Sat and had to ride a shuttle to the Bear Lake. It got less busy once got on the trail up. Easy navigation, but wonder how it is during winter as it is not as clearly marked as it could be. Would say it is a solid hike for experienced hikers. Count 5.5-6 hours total hike time with breaks and time spent on the top.

hiking
5 months ago

We took the Blue Lake Trail up to Blue Lake, and then scrambled up the mountainside and then across the ridge to get to Clark's Peak. We got to the peak in 8.5 hours (not bad, in my opinion). Absolutely gorgeous from the top, and nobody else was there so we were able to just soak it in. Scrambling across the ridge was pretty difficult, but overall the trail wasn't too bad. Quite an elevation gain, of course. Getting down was considerably harder, as we took another route down and then got lost trying to locate the Sawtooth Logging Road (not exactly sure what it is called). If I did it again, I think I would just go back over the ridge and back down to Blue Lake, but to each their own.
We got up at 2 AM and started hiking, which allowed us to summit at 10:30, which I think was a good time, especially with summer thunderstorms in the afternoon taken into consideration.

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful hike! We rolled into the parking lot at 8 am on a Wednesday, and there was plenty of parking available. The ascent up to Flattop was lovely and shaded until the last mile or so. If you can make it that far without feeling wiped out, you can absolutely make it to the top of Hallett, assuming you aren't nursing any injuries and the weather holds. You will be so happy you did when you see the incredible views from the top. The trail isn't hard to follow in good summer conditions if you're paying attention even a little. There are wind shelters at the peak, so we took some time to enjoy lunch before descending. Don't feed those adorable little fat pika of course, even when they come begging! I saw one walk right over a woman's shoe up there. We also took plenty of photo breaks an extra walk around Bear Lake, and enjoyed making a full day of it. Bring all the requisite supplies for spending a decent amount of time above treeline, and you'll have a great day!

5 months ago

Fun hike with beautiful views all the way up. It’s not too strenuous if you can get an early start and take a lot of breaks. Once you get to flattop you might as well make it to Hallett, it looks a lot worse than it is, only took about 30 minutes to scramble up (and by scramble it was just hopping on large rocks, no need to use your hands)

Loved it !

hiking
5 months ago

Wonderful summit, with dramatic drop offs all around. About an hour to tree line and all gorgeous from that point on. Hallett summit push looks daunting from Flattop, but it’s actually less ferocious than it appears.

hiking
5 months ago

The first portion of the trail is a access road, so not very scenic, but once you hit the Clear Lake/Kelly Lake junction it is very stunning. The trail does not get too difficult until the last few miles so you can cruise the first portion pretty fast. The wildflowers and the mountains are really beautiful. *WARNING* they do run cattle through this area so don’t be surprised if you run into a cattle drive in progress. We ran into several groups of cows (including an active drive) on the access road so it did slow us down quite a bit. They easily move out of the way, just slow going as to not spook them. This trail is also heavily used by equestrian groups (as it is near the equestrian camp) so be prepared for groups on horseback. Over all a great trail.

5 months ago

Beautiful. 14 miles RT to lake #1. Last 2.2 miles are the only really steep section. Maybe add .8 to 1 mile to total if going to lake #2.

hiking
5 months ago

Really cool hike! Did this on Friday, 8/3, and was able to summit Hallett despite the weather.

Some notes:
-From GAIA GPS: 9.94 miles, 4:19 hours (8:33 minutes stoppage time), 3202' ascent
-I parked at Bear Lake TH at 6am and was one of ~10 cars (weather was a factor). Saw two others on ascent (one runner turned at Flattop and one turned about a mile from Flattop due to weather). Saw ~10 on my descent in the treeline, ~25 between treeline and TH, and 100s around the TH.
-The prior reviews explain this hike well. A decent climb to Flattop Mountain with clear trail and added cairns near top. From Flattop it's a similar climb marked well by cairns (and a mostly dirt path).
-Weather was a big factor on my climb. Forecast called for rain and thunderstorms at 11:15am. I thought with early start I could beat the weather and avoid thunder/lightening while above treeline. Rain started at ~7am and grew increasingly worse with time and elevation. I was well prepared (over prepared is my default) and decided to keep heading to summit. Top was windy (!!), rainy, and down to about 15 yards visibility (so much for those views from the summit!).

Last thing...because it bears repeating. Please respect the mountain and weather! I saw lots of folks hiking who were very under prepared for the weather yet still hiking up. Don't be that guy. It puts yourself, others, and SAR teams in danger!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Did this one yesterday with my roommate. Certainly difficult for us beginner/out-of-shape hikers, we wanted to turn around at Flattop but I'm tenacious and couldn't bear the thought of giving up then and I'm extremely happy we didn't. This is one of the more rocky trails I've been on, I rolled my ankles a lot even in sturdy hiking boots so, it's definitely not a tennis shoe type hike (even though I saw some guy do it in sandals). In terms of popularity, it's like any hike from Bear Peak Trailhead...really popular. We got there at 6am on a Wednesday, plenty of parking but the trail is busy, but if you're extremely slow like we are, you get the summit to yourself as we were the last people to summit though not recommended because of the afternoon storms. Overall, wonderful hike, spectacular views, and rather difficult.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike! Definitely one that lives up to the 'Hard' difficulty level. Pretty windy up there so carry a warm jacket. Also if you bring lunch, wait till you get to Tyndall Glacier. It offers an amazing view of Dream Lake and the entire valley.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful summit, quite busy.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome summit. We got to the park at about 8:20 and bear lake parking was full, the park and ride was easy though. Great look outs at spots below the tree line and amazing views above tree line. Marmot and Pika were everywhere. Fun climb to the summit, rocky and steep but nothing crazy. Had to race a storm down that rolled in as we were descending, but we were prepared. No snow on the trail anymore. I highly recommend this trail.

6 months ago

Great views. I posted a trail review on Flattop.

hiking
6 months ago

I am a 54 year old novice hiker. My son and I hiked this trail the first week in September 2017. The round trip took a solid 10 hours, but we stopped regularly and enjoyed the views. Unfortunately there was heavy haze due to wild fires in Wyoming. But it was an adventure that we thoroughly enjoyed. I look forward to hiking again on a clear day. There were ample Pika, Marmots and a few Ptarmigans. Overall it’s a great hike, even for a beginner.

6 months ago

Great hiking.

6 months ago

There is still few feet of snow under the treeline. Gets very windy in the open and got lost couple of times but gps helped to keep us on track. Shoes got stuck in snow and were completely wet by the time we got down. We got in by 6:30 am and parking lot almost empty on memorial day weekend. it was crowded by the time we got back though.

Great views of almost all major lakes in Estes Park and wonderful views of Moraine Park. Lots of Pika, Marmot, and lovely Columbine flowers! Must get there before 6:30 if you want a parking spot at the trailhead. Trailhead begins at Bear Lake...ugh...Uber popular. However, the park and ride 4 miles before the trailhead goes pretty quick with the free shuttle. Enjoy!

6 months ago

Very well marked trail nearly to peak Excellent views. Got at trail head at 7:30 am on 6/28 with many spots available but could be full by 8:00. Shuttle comes to this trailhead so very busy trail. Steady climb throughout but very doable peak.

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