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Flat Top Mountain Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park, CO
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Ranked #15 of 43 attractions in Estes Park
Type: Trails
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Linn Creek, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

If you want to hike a mountain, this is the one to do. If Longs Peak is not an option (which it isn't for most people), do Flat Top Mountain but continue up to Hallett Peak. It's another 45 minutes up to the peak but well worth it. It took 3.5 hours up and 2.5 down. We were moving most... More

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Marshall, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

We started our hike about a half hour before sunrise in order to beat the crowds, and to give us plenty of time to reach the summit before the daily thunderstorms. The trail is a very steady and consistent hike upwards. It is not a trail an easy trail, but very do-able if you know your pace and come prepared... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Flattop Mountain is one of the few in RMNP that features a maintained trail all the way to the top...and it's a "real" mountain, not like Deer Mountain or Estes Cone. Once you climb above tree line, the views are wonderful. You can also bag Hallet, Taylor, and Otis with some additional effort. Be sure to wear sunscreen, take plenty... More

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Clearwater, FL
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214 helpful votes 214 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 NEW

Flat Top is my fav hike to prep for Longs Peak. I wear a HR monitor and every step is up on the ascent. Leave in green forest beauty and at the top you are making snowballs. Love RMNP and this is a "don't miss" hike.

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Flower Mound, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Flat Top is a long but steady hike . You rise over 3000 feet and walk over 4 miles. There was snow to clamber over at the top but good walking shows made it easier. Took the older members of our party about 5 hours to reach the top while the immortal young ones ( 20 and 18) managed it... More

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Bethalto, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

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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154 reviews 154 reviews
82 attraction reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
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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24 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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