Flattop Mountain Trail

HARD 133 reviews
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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.

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15 days ago

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

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18 days 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.

18 days ago

20 days 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.

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26 days 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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1 month 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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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Pretty difficult climb.. depending on your pace I guess. The tree line only covers about half the climb.. after that you'll be exposed to high winds. When I went up yesterday.. there was about a 20 degree difference between the bottom and top. With the added winds it was pretty cold at the top. Didn't go to Hallet because it was covered in clouds.. which of course burned off after I started my descent. A little bit of a later start may increase your chances of a clear Hallet and a bit warmer conditions. The views though.. amazing!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Bit of a steep climb, so be prepared for that. Get there early so that you can get parking at bear lake and beat the thunderstorms. Overall one of the best hikes I have ever done. make sure to try going to hallett peak from their, because the view up there is amazing.

1 month ago

I made it!!!

1 month ago

Hiked this trail 3 days ago
Great trail not supper hard
Should do hallet while your there
Worth the extra effort

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult switchbacks beginning at the Bear Lake trailhead. Start early as you're pretty exposed one you get past the timberline. Avoid afternoon storms and get to trailhead early for parking. Beautiful views of Longs Peak throughout the hike, and when you get up there, you might as well proceed onto Hallett Peak.