Flattop Mountain Climber's Log

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theREALCarpeDM - Jul 5, 2023 3:58 pm Date Climbed: Apr 9, 2023

Climbed 3 times  Sucess!

Can't recall the 1st time; it was pre-2010, cold but not winter, I think

2nd: 2/28/21 with Shawn, Darin, Amy, and Brad McQ. High wind, VERY cold!

3rd: 4/9/23 solo, high wind


sierramtngoat - Jun 26, 2022 8:33 pm Date Climbed: Jun 26, 2022

Via Flat Top Mountain Trail  Sucess!

The plan was to climb Hallett and Otis but the weather had been bad all morning and was too unstable to continue past Flattop. Lightning and hail were Flattop's parting shots. There didn't apear to be summit marker, despiste RMNP's recognition on the summit; my vote would be one the big rocks towards the SW.


technicolorNH - Aug 25, 2019 9:47 am Date Climbed: Aug 24, 2019

First of four  Sucess!

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).


JesseSumrak - Aug 11, 2019 5:02 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2019

5 Tops  Sucess!

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!


BKiser90 - Aug 10, 2019 2:48 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2019

The Tops Traverse  Sucess!

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.


cascadescrambler - Aug 4, 2019 10:13 pm Date Climbed: Sep 26, 1962

Day hike  Sucess!

First time I ever experienced altitude sickness (pounding headache)


ToTheHeights - Feb 13, 2018 7:59 pm

Flattop  Sucess!

07/15 w/Cory Martin


captain.ron - Jul 23, 2017 10:40 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2017

Great hike just beat the weather   Sucess!

Was going to attempt Hallett and Otis but thunderstorms turned me around!


kronshage3 - Jul 11, 2017 8:25 pm Date Climbed: May 6, 2017

From Bear Lake TH  Sucess!

Been on this mountain many times while climbing other peaks along the Continental Divide. Short and simple.


PapaBanucci - Jul 4, 2016 7:14 am Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2016

Nice Day  Sucess!

Great trail. 100 yards of snow surface to cross. Soupy at the top.


damgaard - Oct 8, 2015 2:54 pm Date Climbed: Sep 19, 2015

Otis, Hallett, Flattop  Sucess!

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 :)


16herdmanr - Feb 8, 2015 1:06 pm Date Climbed: Aug 10, 2014

Flattop  Sucess!

Beautiful trail. Easy hike


chicagotransplant - Sep 28, 2014 7:26 pm Date Climbed: Sep 27, 2014

Divide Traverse  Sucess!

Continental Divide traverse from Flattop to Powell and back down Flattop trail to Bear Lake.

Alex Wood

Alex Wood - Sep 15, 2014 1:45 am Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2014

Along the CDL  Sucess!

Hiked this while on the Continental Divide Loop


MadGrad96 - Aug 14, 2014 8:32 am

Flattop and Hallett  Sucess!

We did a loop up Tyndall glacier and then descended via standard route.


markhallam - Jun 25, 2014 4:35 pm Date Climbed: Nov 5, 1988

A long time ago  Sucess!

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).

Bill Reed

Bill Reed - Jun 18, 2014 10:43 am Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2014

Fnally, after all these years!  Sucess!

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!!


BradBartick - May 4, 2014 6:34 pm Date Climbed: Apr 28, 2014

Weekday is best  Sucess!

Nice easy route


JBR1969 - Mar 10, 2014 4:14 pm Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2010

In the Snow  Sucess!

RMNP had been socked in the previous week by a snowstorm. Lucked out and had blue bird weather for my hike.


chicagotransplant - Jan 22, 2014 7:26 pm Date Climbed: Aug 29, 2002

With Hallett

Climbed it on a vacation to Rocky Mtn Nat'l Park when I still lived in Chicago. Also climbed Hallett.

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