Begin at Bear Lake. Walk a short distance around the lake, to the right, until you see the marker for the Flattop Mountain trail.
This trail is well worn and easy to follow. You will wind your way through dense forested slopes. After a few sets of long switchbacks, you will come to the Dream Lake overlook. This is a beautiful spot to take a load off, snap some pictures and take a few sips of water. Continue on through some more switchback until you arrive at the Emerald Lake overlook. Another great spot to refresh.
You will soon be above treeline, facing a long, broad, slope towards Flattops summit.
Once you reach the summit of Flattop Mountain, take a left (South) on the well worn social trail that leads up Hallett Peak. Try to step on rocks as much as possible, sparing the fragile tundra grasses.
Soon, you will be standing on top of a wonderful mountain. There are plenty of wind blocks on top, so find a good spot to enjoy your lunch before heading back down.
Follow the same trail all the way back to Bear Lake.
Basic hiking essentials. (plenty of water, food, rain gear, layers, first aid, etc...)
Don't forget the camera!!
USGS "McHenry's Peak" Quad.
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