I enjoy moderately challenging mountain hikes and Flat Top Mountain fit the bill perfectly. We did it on the 4th day of our visit to Rocky Mountain National Park and therefore had some time to acclimate to the high altitudes. Took us about 4.5 hours to reach the top, with stops along the way to view and photograph the many vistas. Saw some elk along the way as well. The trail is not a paved one and is rocky and rough. Unfortunately, due to an approaching thunderstorm, we decided not to make it up to the top of Hallett Peak. The storm hit during our decent with some severe lightning as well as pellet sized hail. We were relived to when we reached the tree line for some shelter.
The vistas are spectacular. While this was a moderately strenuous hike on a rough trail, I'd do it again. Except the next time, I'd start earlier in the day and make it all the way to Hallett Peak. We started the hike from the Bear Lake trail head at about 7:00 AM.
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