Bear Top Mountain is a flat top mesa that rises to the north of Flaming Gorge. With an elevation of 7730 ft, it is Utah’s 1601th highest ranked peak. The top of the mesa creates a plateau 3 miles long by 2 miles wide higher than 7400 ft. The southern and western slopes of the mesa drop very steeply into the waters of Flaming Gorge Reservoir 1400 vertical feet below.
An abandoned dirt road that is now closed to motorized vehicles starts to the north of the mountain and goes up to the top of the plateau where Point 7677 ft can be seen as a small hill. I hiked to the top of 7677 ft and did not see any other spot higher than where I was standing although all maps designate a point with an elevation of 7730 ft at the southwestern edge of the plateau as the true summit.
South walls of Bear Top Mesa rising above Flaming Gorge Reservoir
From the community of Dutch John drive 4.6 miles north on Route 191 past Dutch John Gap to Forest Road 145 on the left (west) side of the road. Drive this well graded dirt road 3.5 miles west to a road on the left (south) that may be marked as Road 088. You can drive a short distance on 088, which is much rougher, but will soon reach a gate that closes the road to motorized vehicles. Park anywhere by the road.
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Hike south on Road 088 going past the gate that closes the road to motorized vehicles. The north slopes of Bear Top Mountain will be in view.
North slopes of Bear Top Mesa
The road turns east and begins to climb the mountain. Flaming Gorge Reservoir and some of the red slopes above it will be visible behind.
Flaming Gorge Reservoir
You will then reach a 6980 ft high saddle near this cliff.
A flat area opens up.
|Point 7305 ft |
|Boars Tusk 7694 ft
For the next 1.25 miles, the road goes up a gentle slope.
Toward the top.
At around 7450 ft, you will reach the top of the mesa where a big plain opens up. Zoomed view of Leidy Peak in the distance.
Leidy Peak, zoomed view
I left the road and began hiking toward Point 7677 ft 1.5 miles away. I could not see a high point where the USGS Map marks Point 7730 ft.
Point 7677 ft
Views from the top of Point 7677 ft.
Kept looking for Point 7730 ft but just could not find a spot higher than where I was on top of Point 7677 ft. Maybe an optical illusion.
Looking toward Point 7730 ft
No fees or permits required.
When to Climb
Spring, summer, fall.