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“Excellent views. Preparation needed”

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 its face value, but the elevation gain is 2000 ft so it will wear you out. Important tips:

1. START EARLY: If you arrive at Bear lake parking lot later than 7 AM, you will need to park away at other locations and take a shuttle. It wastes a huge amount of time as you gotta queue up for that both ways.

2. TIME: Getting on the trail before 7 will help you reach the top. We had to turn back just 200 ft below the top coz we ran into a snowstorm there (1st July) at 1 PM. Expect a total of 6 hours to get back to bear lake (moderately fit folks).

3. Even if its hot and sunny at Bear lake, get warm light jackets and gloves. Weather changes in a hurry past the tree line.

4. SNOW: Shoes with a good grip are essential. Even in july we had to walk through a lot of snow, with one particularly dangerous mini-field. Trail isnt easy to find when it starts snowing, Watch out for high speed winds carrying snow near the top. It would be wise to turn back if you encounter too much snow and are not prepared for it.

5. Views: Outstanding views throughout. Emerald and dream lake views specially.

6. Supplies: High energy food and camelback is essential. If you are not acclimatized, this hike WILL come with altitude sickness.

Thank Shreyansh182
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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 and snacks. If you make it towards the top of the mountain near Tyndall glacier, its fun to hike along the ridge-lines. Sunset and moon views at the top of Tyndall glacier is incredible.

1  Thank Spikesloves2travel
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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 ,but summit is completely open . We enjoyed Dream lake overlook with panoramic Longs Pick the highest over 14.000 feet pick in Rocky Mountain,and Emerald lake overlook is about at 12.000 feet .We made sure than we would be back in trees line before ALL storms not just rain but also lithing ,hails and snow .Yes we had all kind of weather .On top like NAMED IS so flat ....so is easy to reach . For hikers who likes challenge trekking definitely must be on the list.Rock Flattop..
Marzena @Raul

Dla moich rodakow ktorzy uwielbija trekking .swietny jest flattop .polozony mw 12..000 feet npm poniekad wymagajacy przygotowania wysilkowego przed trekkingiem . Wedrowke rozpoczelismy od bear lake polozonego na ponad 9.000 feet .docierajac tam autobusem z naszego pola namiotowego.Sciezka przebiega przez wiekszasc wspinaczki w scianie lasu zatrzymujac sie w kilka punktow widokowych ktore nie mozna ominac Dream lake daje nam mozliwosc podziwu najwyzej polozonego wierzcholka w gorach skalistych Longs pick okolo 14.000 stop npm natomiast Emerald lake jest polozony na m.w.12.000 stop.z tamtad juz tylko okolo 600 metrow wedrowki z otaczajacymi nas pieknymi widokami gorskimi ..Po drodze minal nas straznik parku na koniu .mielismy okazje tez podziwiac swistaki .....Po kilku godzinnej wedrowce docieramy na zupelnie plaski teren oznaczony Flattop.Wysilek zostal wynagrodzony pieknem skalistych gor ... jakze majestatycznych bliskich mojemu sercu jak polskie Tatry...

1  Thank Raul A
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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 top, still a small snowfield in July, sunny but very windy the day we were there. Great views from the top, especially of Hallett Peak and Tyndall glacier (you can continue across a rocky saddle to Hallett). Touch the Continental Divide :-)

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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 something I couldn't complete.
About half the trail is above the tree line and we were hit with strong winds as soon as we reached that point. We were glad we wore pants and took jackets. I wore a hat but ended up taking it off when we were fully exposed on top of the mountain due to the wind. I could have used an ear warmer at the very top but was ok without it.
The views above the tree line are amazing though and worth the whole hike. We started around 7 am and saw one marmot on the way up but about a dozen on the way down. We saw two pika on the way down too. Towards the top we saw snow fields which was amazing to see in July to two Texas girls. Definitely take time at the top to soak in the views.
While rated moderate, the trail is well maintained. I had hiking boots but my hiking partner wore tennis shoes and had no problems.
Starting in the morning, it was still cool on top of the mountain for us, especially when we had the headwind. As far as food and nutrition, I used a camelbak with 2L capacity, 3 extra 16 oz bottles, a packet of Skratch Labs for one of the bottles, 2 Bonk Breaker bars and some beef jerky.
It started raining on us right as we reached the parking lot at about 1:30. There were definitely more people on the way up than down when we finished. I highly recommend starting early to avoid the crowds and the afternoon showers. We also saw a lot of people who only had a plastic water bottle for hydration who were struggling above the tree line. The sun is strong and if you don't start early you will feel it quick.
The Bear Lake/Nymph Lake/Dream Lake/Emerald Lake hike is the best way to see quintessential Rocky Mountains but if you have a few days or like to go off the beaten path I would definitely recommend this hike.

5  Thank jenhaddock
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