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Flat Top Mountain
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Flat Top Mountain

 
Flat Top Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Idaho, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 43.91760°N / 115.1348°W

Object Title: Flat Top Mountain

County: Elmore

Activities: Hiking, Scrambling

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 9665 ft / 2946 m

 

Page By: SawtoothSean

Created/Edited: Aug 22, 2010 / Aug 23, 2010

Object ID: 652574

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Overview

Location: Extreme southwestern portion of the Sawtooth Range, between the Queens and Little Queens Rivers, just north of Atlanta.  Located just north of Scenic Peak and just south of Browns Peak

Nearby Peaks: Scenic Peak, Nahneke Mountain, Browns Peak, East Warrior, Blizzard Mountain, Greylock Mountain

Linkups: Nahneke, Scenic Peak, Browns, Peak 9521

Difficulty:  Moderate to Easy off trail ridge scrambling- Mostly Class 2-3

Usage: Hikers, Backpackers, Horses, Fishermen on approach trails

Terrain:  Rocky ridgelines with many small rock towers, scree gulleys, large talus piles. In this part of the range, generally speaking, the east slopes are the most steep while the west and south slopes provide the easiest access.  This aptly named peak has a large broad summit and is located above many unnamed and beautiful lakes.

Traffic:  Very light- original summit register had 10 names

Summit Register:  Yes- a black PVC tube with yellow caps. Replaced Baby Jar and Film canister summit log. Placed original signatures in new container.

History / Etymology:  Geographical- named after its broad open summit ridge

 

Flat Top Mtn
 

Getting There

Nearest Paved Roads:  ID-21  (from Boise via Edna Creek this drive is about 2.5 hrs)

Nearest Dirt Roads / Conditions:  China Basin/ Queens River Road (decent- usually passable without 4WD), Middle Fork of Boise River (Good), Swanholm Peak Road (Good), North Fork Boise River Road (Good), Edna Creek Road (Good)

Approach Trails / Conditions:  Little Queens River trail is a good single track trail. Comparatively speaking it is slightly better than nearby Queens River Trail (less downfall and fewer stream crossings)

 

Peak 9521 And Everly
 

Routes

Main Route: South Ridge (Class 2-3)- from the lake south of Lake 8850, follow the ridge north to the summit, dropping to the west side to avoid rock towers.

Main Route Stats:  20.3 miles / 6068 (round trip)

Average RT Time:  6-8 hours

Alt Route:  Northwest Ridge (Class 3)- From Lake 8901 scramble to the saddle on the northwest ridge.  Follow the ridge to the summit.

Other Routes:  Ridge Traverse of Browns, Flat Top, Scenic Peak 9554, and Nahneke (Class 3)- follow the Little Queens trail to Browns lake and gain the ridge and take it south.  The ridge is quite manageable and requires nothing more than endurance. Avoid rock towers, mostly on the west sides.

Route Stats:  20.3 miles / 7679 feet (round trip)

 

Mt. Everly
 
 

Red Tape

Jurisdiction:  Sawtooth National Forest

Permit:  Yes- self registration at trailhead

Other Users / Issues:  None- long approach drive keeps this area relatively traffic free

Maps:  USGS Quad- Nahneke Mt

Guide Book:  Tom Lopez,  Idaho: A Climbing Guide

 

Flat Top from Browns
 

When To Climb

Climbing Season:  June - Nov

Ideal Climbing Time:  July-Oct

Nearest Weather Station:  Atlanta, Smiley Creek

Weather Relative to Region:  The trailhead is lower in elevation than much of the region and it similar to the Grandjean trailhead.  Expect slightly warmer and drier conditions.

 

Peak 9521
 

Camping

Car Camping Sites:  Queens River CG, Riverside CG, Camp Gulch CG

Backpacking Sites:  Above Average- Scenic Lake, Browns Lake, Flat Top Lake 8850, Johnson Lake, Triangle Lake, The Hole- tons of other unnamed lakes!

 

Looking north
 

Flora & Fauna

Potential Wildlife:  Badger, Beaver, Black Bear, Mule Deer, Pronghorn, Cougar, Coyote, Elk, Marmot, Marten, Moose, Mountain Goat, Rainbow Trout, Brook Trout, Grouse

Confirmed Wildlife: Elk, Marmot, Pika, Grouse

Vegetation:  Ponderosa, Lodgepole, Engelman Spruce

 

Snowyside Peak
 

Images

Lake 8901 and Flat Top MtnMt. EverlyPeak 9521Peak 9521 And EverlyFlat Top from BrownsFlat Top MtnSnowyside Peak
Looking north