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Flat Top Mountain Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
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Ranked #18 of 42 attractions in Estes Park
Type: Trails
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Bethalto, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 NEW

We started at about 7:30 in the morning. The trail was still covered in snow in some spots. There were quite a few people hiking the trail who were in better shape than I was. It took me 6 hours to almost reach the summit, but my kids were able to reach it in 4.5. We needed about 60oz of... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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31 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Take lot of water and food. It is a long way through the forest, and at the end directly to the top of the ridge which takes you to the Flattop. You can see then Bear Lake from the top. This location can be used also for the ski freeride tour down to the Emerald lake. Take care about the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I have not been up here in a while, but the hike is great. You top off on the continental divide with long views both east and west. Dress warm as it can rain or snow all year round.

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Estes Park, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

It's a long way up to Flattop, but if you are in decent shape, you can continue up along the ridge and there are a number of additional summits you can do from this trail. The day I went, we added on Hallet's and Otis. Expect snow cover even into the summer. We ran through snow moguls even in mid-June.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Flat Top was not quite what I expected from Reviews. I think it would be very helpful if it was noted that climbing in the winter is not a simple trek. The ice on the day I visited was quite a challenge and despite having good, solid boots, ice gripping cleats would have been more useful. As it was, I... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

Good views steady climb well maintained trail. I would say its average for RMNP. There are better and there are worse, this one is worth the stop on views alone.

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Castle Rock, Colorado
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6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

Packed with way too many tourists; i know that everyone wants to see, but this wasn't the peaceful trail that was expected. The parking lot was so packed, and the trail was so full, that we couldn't enjoy the serenity of the such a striking area. Needless to say, the only wild-life we saw was other people's kids running wild.

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Cozumel, Mexico
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

So many people. 4 hour hike no escape from humanity. Go hike Mnt Idaho instant tundra serenity. No shuttle bus and people in crocks

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Denver
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Trail leads to some very cool photo ops. I even saw someone painting the horizon on an easel from this trail.

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Highlands Ranch, Colorado
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Pretty walk through the woods, seemed to take awhile but was well worth it once the Dream Lake overlook is reached- gorgeous! Keep going and you will think you are dreaming once you reach the Emerald Lake overlook - just WOW! Loved this hike!

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