Intended to keep going on to Knobtop and Gabletop, but thick clouds, 30mph winds, 30degree temps and the fear of snow/rain turned me back at Flattop. Oh well, it's nice to be out.
Weather turned sour too quick to add another 2
Hiked on the way to Hallett Peak.
The first of 7 on the way to Chiefs Head. A nice loop hike, though can't say much for this "peak" if you can call it that.
Traverse from SE Gulley and summit of Notchtop with P. Dowdy & C. Sanford.
Hoping to do this with Hallet. Started in rain from Bear Lake, which stopped, but clouds were ominous. Reports from a couple groups descending said it was high winds and nasty on top. Bailed at 12,ooo'. I should have waited for a while, it all blew over by the time I was back in my vehicle at Bear Lake.
Edit: Had better luck on Aug. 11, 2007. Great weather, lots of people, combined this with a visit to Hallett Peak.
Wandered up the snow, don't know if it was the "standard" trail. Beautiful day by myself - only met a couple other people.
Great hike with good views of the park. Hiked the Flattop Trail from Bear Lake. Lots of snow at and below treeline.
fun climb all the way. we added a second rock band by going left at the first big rock; up steeper snow to a short (but tricky) rock section. prob. solid m2 if not m2+
Awesome Climb up Dragon's Tail Couloir.
Total ascents = 10. A gentle, friendly mountain with a great summit view.
We skinned most of the way up, but had to take the skis off in spots. While the Dragon's Tail is calling, we opted for a tammer first outing on wild snow w/ new gear. We found perfect weather that day, and perfect snow on the north side.
We (rkymtn) had an enjoyable outing on what was a beautiful climb in all aspects. The snow allowed for easy step kicking. The surrounding views are great.
Haliku and I enjoyed the ascent of the Dragon's Tail Couloir before heading to the summit and on to Hallett Peak. Snow conditions were great for kicking steps and the weather was equally nice. Overall, the climb was easy with a minor rock crux towards the top of the left couloir branch.
Should have gone for the two 'fer, with Hallets. Went around Hallet's and came down Tyndall ( I think??? ) glacier. Returned back to Bear Lake trailhead via the Loch. Long day. Would love to get back and do it again.
Climbed Dragon's Tail with a ski descent. Didn't actually stand on the true summit, but it's an easy hike from the top of the couloir, so I'll consider it bagged for now. I'm sure I'll cross the true summit some time soon. Trip report is on the Flattop page.
I climbed this with my summit post friend "asphazell" on a windy day in April. We wore snowshoes up Flattop as well as Hallett Peak that day, gotta, love the Rockies :)
I'd been over Flattop several times previously, but didn't record the dates. This was the first time I officially counted Flattop Mountain on my peak list. I went up Flattop, Hallet, Otis, and Ptarmigan Point this day.
An easy hike with jaw-dropping views of Hallets, Longs, and all of RMNP! Should have bagged Hallets, but I guess that gives me an excuse to go back!
Climbed with Peter, Fabio and Charles. Absolutely freezing and windy above treeline. Miserable and beautiful! Ha!