Took two hours and ten minutes by the standard route. The trail is well built and pretty gradual considering the elevation gain and the bus service from the park n ride was helpful (not so much in the way down, but that’s my fault).
Climbed Flattop, Ptarmigan, Notchtop, Knobtop, and Gabletop. Due to weather, we decided to descend down Tourmaline Gorge. Bit of a scramble getting down with loose footing, but we made our way through the brush and hit Odessa Lake before the rain came down. Made our way back to Bear Lake Trail Head. Great outing!
Flattop, Ptarmigan, Notchtop, Knobtop, Gabletop all on a cloudy morning with my friend Jesse Sumrak.. Left Bear Lake trailhead at 5:00 a.m. The sunrise was stunning. There was no wind but lots of overcast. We descended down Tourmaline Gorge. We used the big chute that is just west of Gabletop. Near Tourmaline Lake we climbed the little ridge just south of the lake and traversed over to the other small drainage in the gorge. Eventually we found some cairns but they were not that helpful. Popped out on the west side of Odessa Lake and made our way back to the trail and to Bear Lake. The rain started coming down while we were at Odessa around 9: 30/10:00. It rained the whole way back to Bear Lake. We were soaked.
First time I ever experienced altitude sickness (pounding headache)
07/15 w/Cory Martin
Was going to attempt Hallett and Otis but thunderstorms turned me around!
Been on this mountain many times while climbing other peaks along the Continental Divide. Short and simple.
Great trail. 100 yards of snow surface to cross. Soupy at the top.
Made a roundtrip from Bear Lake Trailhead via Otis (east ridge), Hallett and Flattop. Clear and sunny, but strong and cold wind on the summit. Great day though :)
Beautiful trail. Easy hike
Continental Divide traverse from Flattop to Powell and back down Flattop trail to Bear Lake.
Hiked this while on the Continental Divide Loop
We did a loop up Tyndall glacier and then descended via standard route.
Reached summit in mist - and then had to run for it when an electric storm appeared - the first time I experienced a storm making my hair stand on end (back in the days when I had hair).
Guided by my friend, Nelson, who's done this one many times before. Much snow in the trees above the Odessa Lake junction. Beautiful day !! No storms but much wind on top. Snow still covers all ranges that are visible from the summit-Gore, Flattops, Never Summers and Mummies.
A great day to be up there!!
Nice easy route
RMNP had been socked in the previous week by a snowstorm. Lucked out and had blue bird weather for my hike.
Climbed it on a vacation to Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park when I still lived in Chicago. Also climbed Hallett.
It was one of the most beautiful hikes I have ever been on. It is almost surreal. I took some of the most beautiful pictures I have ever taken there. It looks like a postcard! The day we went was absolutely incredible. Very few clouds, light winds, nice temperature, and the sky was such a vibrant blue. This is a great mountain to get your start on. It is not a cake walk, but not extremely difficult either.