Stopped enroute to Hallet Peak. Great view of Emerald Lake below.
The wind was blowing, snow was falling, avalance danger that I avoided, but I cramponed my butt to the top with a cool 15 foot vertical ice wall - old snow that was ice, climb at the end at the top of the gully . Glad that it was the first big snowfall of the season. Good test of Winter mouuntaineering skills.
It also helped that two buck elk were at the top welcoming me to the continental divide.
I have used this mountain so many times to summit other great peaks in the park, such as Hallets, Otis, Taylor, Powell, Notchtop, Knobtop, Gabletop, and Sprague Mountain. The hike from Bear Lake to Grand Lake over Flattop is also a good hike, but too much downhill for me.
Crossed Flattop after Bighorn Flats on Continental Divide traverse from Milner Pass to Bear Lake. At this point (~4pm) storms chased us across Flattop and down to treeline.
awesome views, great access to Hallett if you want the easy way up
On the way to Hallett/Otis
bagged this one on the way to summit Hallett
climbed with hallett peak
My wife and I had a very pleasant hike to the summit. We had a snack on boulders overlooking Tindal glacier, and decided to pass on a scramble up to the summit of Hallet (maybe next year).
Second time on Flattop on route to a second summit of Hallett. I made my first winter visit to RMNP this past April (2005) and would like to make Flattop my first winter ascent on my next visit.
Hiked to summit with my dad.
The early overcast that I worried about on the ascent burned off and revealed a sunny and calm summit. Ascended via the right side of Tyndall Glacier and descended on the standard trail. Great Day!
It is definately appropriately named...the summit is HUGE and FLAT! Went on to climb Hallett. Will be back for these two for some good snow routes!
broke trail in fresh snow all the way up! The clouds broke open just as we reached the top and closed back up on us just as we turned to come down.
Summited Flattop, Halletts Peak, Otis, and half of Taylor- had to leave early to hurry back down to get someone in our group to work.... note to self, take own vehicle next time so as to not be rushed out of the mountains- it was too beautiful to be RUNNING down!
I climbed the middle couloir (or finger) with crampons and ice ax. Found some ice mid-August but mostly could avoid it. Wonderful snow conditions altogether. Boy, was it steep! You surely don't want to fall - no runout. Great route description here. 3:50 a.m. start from Glacier Basin Campground, topped out at around 10 a.m. then also visited Ptarmigan Point and Hallett Peak, descended the trail and reached Bear Lake at 1 p.m.
I was 10 and spending the summer at Cheley Camps.
We had awesome conditions for a great climb. Jason & I had a blast!! We tagged Hallett as well, and then descended Tyndal Glacier!
4/11/2004: Corral Couloir Ski Descent
9/27/2009: With Hallet, Otis, Taylor & Powell
7/25/2010: With Sprague Mountain
9/11/2011: With Snowdrift
2/28/2015: Trail Ski Descent
Quite desolate, poor visibility. Tried for Hallet, but had to turn around.