Monday, August 15, 2016

Don's Blog Flattop Mountain 8-15

Today I climbed Flattop Mountain after a 65 year interval. It is described as strenuous and that is not an exaggeration.
The hike is 8.6 miles long with an elevation gain of 2,849 feet going from 9,475 feet at the Bear Lake trailhead to the summit at 12,324 feet. Going slowly it took me a little less than 8 hours.
I had climbed this mountain at age 15 in 1950. It is a popular route because the "flat" summit is on a saddle on the continental divide below Hallett Peak which is the imposing mountain above Bear Lake. The steep trail goes through
aspen and spruce forest.

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