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“Easy trek to Continental divide” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Flat Top Mountain Trail

Flat Top Mountain Trail
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
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tulsa
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“Easy trek to Continental divide”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

This is not a difficult hike IF you expect the alitude to make it hard to breath as you get higher and are in decent shape. Basically just a long uphill walk at altitude. Absolutely the easiest hike o the continental divide. Tip: once on top, to the easy, quick to the top of Hallet's

Visited October 2012
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Colorado Springs
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“Tough, gorgeous climb”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

This hiking and pack trail from Bear Lake Road to the tundra of RMNP is not for the unacclimated. It is a substantial elevation of around 4,000 feet, so give yourself plenty of time and start as early as possible in the morning...nothing more ominous than thunder clouds building rapidly and no where to take shelter from the possible lightening! As is always the case when taking even a seemingly simple day-hike in the mountains, take layers of clothing including a waterproof jacket, and ALWAYS be prepared to spend at least one night in the backcountry. People are lost and some die every year who fail to follow such wise precautions. Respect the tundra...stay on the trails, and enjoy some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. After all, this isn't a national park for no reason!

Visited December 2012
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Western Springs, Illinois
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“Excellent Hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

The views along the hike were amazing, but couldn't compare to the views once you finally reached the top. We were a little disappointed that there wasn't anything at the top that pointed out the location of the continental divide. Or it was just too cold and windy the day we went for us to poke around for more than a few minutes. Definitely worth pacing yourself to make it to the top.

Visited October 2012
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Worcester, UK
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“Excellent hike on a good trail, fairly tiring”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We hiked the Flat Top Mountain trail, starting quite early in the morning from the Bear Lake trailhead.

This was recommended by a Ranger after we said we wanted a fairly tough hike.

It is an 8.8 mile round trip and also 3000 feet of climbing (and then 3000 feet of descending which I found tougher). It goes over 12'000 feet, so if you aren't used to altitude this can be tough.

There were some lovely views and lake overlooks. As you ascended the vegetation around changed from lots of Aspen by the lake, then more firs, then small shrubby trees until at the top there is very little at all, other than some patches of snow and a little glacier.

We also saw some nice wildlife, Marmots, Deer and Pika.

The round trip took us 5 hours and 20 minutes, taking plenty of photos, admiring the views and pausing for food / drink.

We would recommend proper sturdy footwear and to come equipped for bad weather conditions if it the weather changes while you are on the mountain.

Visited October 2011
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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“Mother/son teen hike”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

My son wanted to climb his first "summit", but really had little experience hiking. I asked a local young man about potential summit climbs and he suggested Flat Top Mountain.

The Trail was moderate at best for me, and we arrived at the summit shortly before a huge storm broke loose. However, I was glad I had the experience,I had it with my 18 year old son, and he was totally blown away by the experience. He and I learned a lot about the experience, and we were glad we came prepared. Luckily we had proper clothing for cold weather, as well as very warm areas on the climb. I still brag about our experience to this day.

I would only suggest this summit to those who are pretty agile (parents) and can handle some pretty steep climbing areas. The trail and summit were absolutely "beautiful"....to say the least.

Visited September 2011
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