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Really cool trail! Especially if you’re looking for a hike that isn’t going to take all day. The fire tower was amazing, the views were insane! My boyfriend discovered that he was terrified of heights but definitely worth the climb! Haha.

Not an easy hike but a mid-40's couple from Denver took their time and got to the top in about 3 hrs. Some of the most amazing views the park has to offer. Surprised how many other people were on this trail, most younger than us and blazing by. Oh well! We were beat afterwords but loved this hike. May take it all the way into Grand Lake next time.

This trail was even better than we expected! I would actually consider the destination to be not just Flattop Mountain summit, but also Tyndall Glacier, which is incredible! The views were amazing and we saw lots of pika and marmots as well. The Emerald and Dream Lake overlooks are a nice bonus! We didn’t try hiking up adjacent Hallett Peak this time but will try it on a future trip. We hiked this trail on August 11, 2018.

A perfect hike for a time period of about 2 hours! Amazing views at the top! Have hiked this trail multiple times and it never disappoints!

If I were you, I'd do one of two things and neither is just summitting flat top. If youre up for a slightly longer hike, continue past flattop to hallett where the view is 10x better. It only took us about 45 minutes round trip to do this extra bit and we were very glad we did. If you're less up for it, just go up flat top past the two lake overlooks and after you get above the tree line. The views there are very cool and the other reviews are right - the summit views of flattop itself are a little anticlimactic. Still a beautiful hike if you're up for a pretty uphill hike in the sun! Loved it

Quick and fun. Did it with my nephews - both 7 years old. They enjoyed the Tower and talking with the Ranger at the top. The views are fantastic.

The falls are amazing, heed all advice regarding footwear.
The road up is 3 miles of extremely rough terrain.
I saw all sorts of cars, slow going.

Ok for kids? Have twin 9 y/o’s not in climbing shape yet from move

hiking
7 days ago

Did this trail on Aug 5. Took us about 1 hr and 45 min total with young children. There's a bathroom at the TH, and about 18-20 parking spots in the main lot plus a lot more along the road and in another parking lot plus a picnic area with its own parking lot. There are a lot of benches along the way up the trail. It is a "hot" trail with not much real shade, mostly consisting of short trees, shrubs, and cactuses. Nice views of the sand dunes and the Sangre de Cristo Mtns including the Crestone Needles. Bring water shoes and a small towel--it was definitely nice to have warm, dry socks and shoes to slip back into after walking in the ICY, numbing water! The water level was about ankle deep in most places. Fun, but our young boys didn't enjoy getting their feet so cold. The falls with the cave were definitely neat!

One of my favorites. This can feel longer than it actually is. Lots of hikers today, and climbing to the fire tower is worth it!

Hiked this trail on a Sunday afternoon and didn’t think it was too busy. Well maintained trail, though the gravel can be a little loose in areas. Great view at the top where you can see 100 miles in any direction. We did the hike in about 2 hours, not counting the time we hung out at the top enjoying the view. Be prepared to drive on some bumpy roads to get to the trailhead.

Nice short hike if you are looking for a quick workout. Good views of Golden and beautiful rolling hills looking back towards the mountains at the top. Veer left at the fork for a longer but more gradual incline to the top. Plenty of bikers so stay alert and move off the trail when they come by. A great weekday evening option.

Beautiful hike but very busy. I would definitely try and car pool as most people don’t. Also, watch out for mountain bikers, you have to move frequently to get out of their way.

nice view from there.

Views on route were breathtaking! However, as others mentioned, the view from the summit itself isn’t the greatest given how flat it is. Many hikers continued to Hallett Peak - and it may be worthwhile to plan ahead and give yourself more time to include the second peak.

This was a hard hike. Lots of loose rock and rhe mileage markers of the park are off- must be mileage "as the crow flies"! I'm a regular at RMNP and I think there are hard trails with better payoffs than this one

off road driving
10 days ago

Pretty intense trail. Was doing great until we hit the steps, scraped the side of the truck a bit. All in all well worth it!

Made this trek in my 2012 Nissan Titan crew cab, pretty much stock with slightly oversized tires

hiking
10 days ago

We chose the 3.1 mile trail up to Carpenter Peak. The park lists it as being a strenuous trail. I would say it is more of a moderately difficult trail with a couple of areas being more on the strenuous side. The main drawback is large portions of the trail have no tree coverage, so it can get hot. Also, there is no way to refill water bottles once you leave the visitor's center, so make sure you bring adequate amounts with you.

Once we made it to the Peak, we were met with 360 degrees of amazing views. You can even see downtown Denver out in the distance.

Roxborough was a great place to spend the day out in nature. There is enough challenge to really get a great workout, but the elevation (7160 ft) isn't so punishing for those who are still working up to higher elevations and longer distances.

Have to drive on a rough road to get there, but it's worth it at the top. Make sure you stop in and talk to Billy Ellis!

One of the top trails in Colorado

I hiked this on a Wednesday (8/1/18): no problems parking and not too crowded. The fire lookout and stairs make for an exhilarating and unique payoff for the relatively short but steady climb. It was 3 hours round-trip for us. Really nice.

Amazing!! Can be a bit strenuous at times as it is all uphill but it’s so worth it! If you can, go for sunset!!

Loved it, great weather!

The lookout house is very cool, and the views are a great payoff for the moderate hike. Pretty heavily trafficked, though I went on July fourth.

great little jont to the falls!! walking the falls was great wish i had my rain boots!

A+++

The view from the top is spectacular and well worth the effort. Take plenty of water and enjoy the beautiful scenery!

I took my kids in this hike and while the view at the top was pretty the view the rest of the hike is the same. Also, this is a 3.5 mile uphill hike. Paths are well maintained. Several people told us to take the power line trail to do a circle instead of an out and back. Wow. More uphill and not a lot to see. I recommend that you take the same way down that you took up. The red rocks are pretty but I would not do this again. Our total round trip hike was 9 miles. We did see quite a few deer.

Great views. Get there early and avoid the traffic.

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