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Reviewed September 13, 2018

The first time my family attempted this Trail we were unable to complete due to hail and lightning!!

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank ckell71121
Reviewed August 22, 2018 via mobile

Day 1 Started at Tonahutu Creek Trailhead and hiked to the Timberline campsite. Trail was pretty mild till Upper Granite Falls then the last 4.5-5 miles were up hill the whole way. Day 2 right out of camp we had an almost 2000 ft climb...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 16, 2018

This is my second time summiting Flattop. I also continued to Hallett peak. I am from the flat lands but I do hike avidly and workout every day. I am familiar with the typical afternoon storm and know to start your hikes early. I started...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 29, 2018

We started our hike by arriving at 6;15 AM at Bear Lake. It was already getting busy. If you want to park near the trailhead, you need to be there before 7. The trail is challenging as it starts uphill right away and never stops...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank MJD401
Reviewed July 6, 2018 via mobile

Get early start 6-7 am to get park spot at Bear Lake (in summer) and beat any possible midday weather. Be prepared for wind on top-- and thankful if not windy! Enjoy the trail both up and down--flowers, wildlife, views, etc. If nice day, continue...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank vgroten
Reviewed February 6, 2018

Flattop Mountain is 4.4 mi/7.1 km from the Bear Lake trailhead with an elevation gain of 2849 ft/868 m. At the top, there is an unofficial "trail" to Hallett Peak, which consists of a steep climb on rocks. We're avid hikers and did this hike...More

Date of experience: September 2017
2  Thank pingaroo
Reviewed September 19, 2017

This hike is awesome. Maybe saw 25 hikers on this trail. It is a great leg and lung workout. The trail is nice, however, it has rock and boulders as part of it. We actually went on a Monday so to avoid the weekend rush....More

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Karen G
Reviewed August 26, 2017

I really enjoyed this hike, nice views of Emerald Lake and Hallet Peak. The weather does get windier and colder above treeline. I encountered a fair amount of snow travel on the way, Yaktracks would make it easier. Nice 8.8 mile up and back, or...More

Date of experience: July 2017
1  Thank Todd G
Reviewed July 16, 2017

In the morning we thought that the trail is 4.7 miles, so we should be able to do it by afternoon. We saw very few people on this trail during the whole journey. 1. The trek is of average difficulty for fit & healthy people....More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Shikha G
Reviewed July 5, 2017

This trek isnt for novices though it isnt too hard for people with above average fitness. The trail is well maintained, but still "wild". However the dramatic views, specially above the tree line are absolutely worth it. 4.7 miles one way appears deceptively short on...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Scott V
December 29, 2017|
Response from vgroten | Reviewed this property |
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Response from vgroten | Reviewed this property |
Snow areas of trail will usually be flattened down by snowshoers or other hikers. Yak Tracks on shoes and hiking poles will help. Snow shoes also an option.