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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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