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Hike Profiles for Rocky Mountain National Park and Surrounding Areas
Flattop Mountain
The hike to the top of Flattop
Mountain is a very popular trail
beginning at Bear Lake. The
trail crosses the Continental
Divide, providing good trail
access to the western side of
the park for backpackers. This
trail is also popular with day
hikers because of the easy
trailhead access, and panoramic
views along the entire trail.

Distance: 4.4 miles one-way

Summit elevation: 12,324 feet

Trailhead elevation: 9,475 feet

Net elevation gain: 2,849 feet

Bear Lake Trailhead

Rocky Mountain National Park
View of Mummy Range from Flattop Mountain
Major Trail Landmarks
Bear Lake (Short walk from parking lot)
Junction of Flattop Mountain and Odessa Lake Trails (0.8 miles one-way from trailhead)
Principal Destinations Near Flattop Mountain
Hallett Peak (5.0 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unmaintained route beyond Flattop Mountain
Otis Peak (6.0 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unmaintained route beyond Flattop Mountain
Taylor Peak (7.0 miles one-way from trailhead) - via unmaintained route beyond Flattop Mountain

Backcountry Campsites Near Flattop Mountain
There are no campsites near Flattop Mountain when approaching from Bear Lake
Bear Lake is a popular area on the east side of the Continental Divide. From the Beaver Meadows
Entrance Station on U.S. Highway 36, head west about 0.2 miles and turn south on Bear Lake Road
(toward Moraine Park). Follow Bear Lake Road a little over 9 miles to the large parking area where Bear
Lake Road ends. Bear Lake is just west of the parking lot. The Emerald Lake trail begins southeast of the
lake; the Flattop Mountain trail begins on the east side of the lake.

The route to Flattop Mountain begins along the Bear Lake lakeshore trail. Follow the Flattop Mountain Trail
from the east side of Bear Lake, and ascend Flattop Mountain on the 4.4 mile trail.
Sample photographs of the hike to Flattop Mountain
Longs Peak from Flattop Mountain Trail
Tyndall Gorge south of Flattop Mountain
Flattop Mountain topographic map
Principal summer trail marked by solid red line; unmaintained trail or route marked by dashed red line.
Map is oriented with north to the top of the map
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