Flattop Mountain Trail

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Flattop Mountain Trail is a 8.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Estes Park, Colorado that offers scenic views. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing.

DISTANCE
8.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2877 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

snowshoeing

views

snow

no dogs

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.

hiking
2 days ago

Attempted to summit today (10/13). Lost the trail in the snowfield at 3.5 miles in and 11,600 ft (about a mile from the summit). We were a few hundred feet past the treeline and the snowdrifts we're so high you couldn't clearly see the Cairns anymore, let alone the trail. We came upon an ice/snow field that we no longer felt comfortable crossing and saw no visible attempts made by others to that point. Started at 6:30am and had beautiful conditions until the sun started peaking over the northern side and stiring up wind. We were the first party heading up today, passed about 6 groups on the way down who were also going to attempt to summit. Very Icy the entire way starting from about 1 mile in. This might be the last weekend for attempting to summit.

This was a fantastic trail, the views of the nearby 12,000 to 14,000 footers are amazing, as are the numerous lakes, Trail Ridge Road, Estes Park, etc. Just seems like we were about 2 weeks too late this season. Estes Park had 8" of snow on Monday so Flattop probably had 3 feet. Looking forward to attempting this trail again sometime.

hiking
3 days ago

Went out today, was gorgeous and warm out, at least at the bottom. A bit of ice on the trail once you leave Bear Lake, amazing views from the Dream Lake and Emerald Lake overlooks. 1-2 ft of snow above the treeline with an icy crust. Once I got maybe half a mile past the treeline the wind started to pick up, and by about a mile past the treeline it was blowing ice in my face at ~40 mph and I had to turn around as I didn't have a face mask. Definitely would recommend spikes, and probably gaiters too.

hiking
16 days ago

Went on 9/29, beautiful day, clear skies. Trail not too heavily trafficked. Last mile or so was tough, mostly covered in snow and seemed to go on forever, and we wondered how different the view would be from the summit, but it was well worth it, with a spectacular view of Hallett Peak and the rest of the park from above the clouds.

hiking
16 days ago

It was foggy and overcast all the way up and then the clouds evaporated right as we reached the summit. Spectacular view!

hiking
17 days ago

Hiked on 9/25. Icy and snowy, but a great hike

hiking
18 days ago

Due to the moisture unfortunately couldn't didn't experience any of the views. Awesome hike otherwise... snowy at the top.

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1 month ago

Well maintained trail with great views. Very rough and rocky hiking towards the top. Strong lower legs and good boots recommended.

hiking
1 month ago

Really enjoyed this hike. It was harder than I anticipated at the beginning, and the climb up to the end of Flattop is no bargain either. Then you have the scramble up to Hallett to look forward to. All in all, a very rewarding and fun hike.

1 month ago

1 month ago

The trail is a strong moderate. Portions of the trail have many steps and protruding rocks. Good footwear is a must. The timberline views are spectacular and are a great destination if you don't have time to summit.

hiking
1 month ago

The views are well worth the effort. Has overlooks of Dream and Emerald Lakes. Also views of Grand Lake on the other side of the Continental Divide.

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2 months ago

Pretty neat trail. We didn't see many people out there - especially the farther we got into hike. We hiked up and trail ran down; great run, quite technical though. Beautiful scenery - ran into a couple deer and some critters. Definitely go to the end of trail and up to scenic lookout area. Incredible views!! Would go again.

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2 months ago