We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Flattop Mountain Trail

Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
Get early start, Do Halletts too

Get early start 6-7 am to get park spot at Bear Lake (in summer) and beat any possible midday... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
vgroten
,
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
via mobile
Nice trail, stunning scenery, amazing wildlife

Flattop Mountain is 4.4 mi/7.1 km from the Bear Lake trailhead with an elevation gain of 2849... read more

Reviewed 7 February 2018
pingaroo
,
Chicago, Illinois
Read all 61 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent78%
  • Very good18%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“hallett peak” (12 reviews)
“tree line” (12 reviews)
“start early” (6 reviews)
LOCATION
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO
CONTACT
Website
Write a ReviewReviews (61)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"hallett peak"
in 12 reviews
"tree line"
in 12 reviews
"start early"
in 6 reviews
"steep climb"
in 4 reviews
"great hike"
in 7 reviews
"emerald lake"
in 8 reviews
"strong winds"
in 2 reviews
"parking lot"
in 7 reviews
"bear lake"
in 16 reviews
"worth the effort"
in 3 reviews
"boulder field"
in 2 reviews
"elevation gain"
in 3 reviews
"treeline"
in 7 reviews
"storm"
in 9 reviews
"descent"
in 5 reviews
"trek"
in 6 reviews
"clouds"
in 8 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 61 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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

Thank vgroten
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 7 February 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

1  Thank pingaroo
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 September 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

Thank Karen G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 26 August 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

1  Thank Todd G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 July 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

Thank Shikha G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 5 July 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

Thank Shreyansh182
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Great way to see the park. Lots of great views from above that overlook the lakes. Allow plenty of daylight time. Don't want to get stuck hiking down the mountain in the dark (like we did, lol). Dress in layers and bring plenty of water...More

1  Thank Spikesloves2travel
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 9 January 2017 via mobile

Rocky mountain one of the bueatiful place to visit .We hiked flattop montain .we started ou trail from bear lake elevantion over 9.000 feet .Flattop is one of the higest pick with challenging skills. Agree with that completely. Long trail most in the trees line...More

1  Thank Raul A
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Great hike, accessible from Bear Lake Trailhead, about 9.6 miles roundtrip from parking. Start early since parking fills up by 7amish during season, plus you want to avoid possibility of afternoon thunderstorms since you could be very exposed. Steep climb as you get towards the...More

Thank 2gonesomewhere
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 19 August 2016 via mobile

We hiked up Flattop Mountain to get to Hallett Peak. The elevation and steepness of the trail did cause me stop to take a few breaks along the way (although my hiking partner from Houston was fine). But I never felt like the hike wasn't...More

5  Thank jenhaddock
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all Rocky Mountain National Park Hotels
StoneBrook Resort
667 reviews
2.56 km away
Alpine Trail Ridge Inn
1,196 reviews
2.60 km away
Nicky's Resort
194 reviews
3.08 km away
Deer Crest Resort
340 reviews
3.26 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Cinnamon's Bakery
210 reviews
3.54 km away
Antonio's Real New York Pizza
817 reviews
3.92 km away
Coffee on the Rocks
461 reviews
4.02 km away
Scratch Deli and Baker
254 reviews
2.75 km away
Nearby Attractions
Alberta Falls
330 reviews
.24 km away
Wild Basin Area
98 reviews
.24 km away
Beaver Meadows Visitor Center
137 reviews
1.34 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Scott V
30 December 2017|
Answer
Response from vgroten | Reviewed this property |
Yes
0
Votes
34dinal
25 March 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
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.
0
Votes