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Ascent of Flattop Mountain on 2009-07-14

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Tim Newman
Date:Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flattop Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12324 ft / 3756 m

Ascent Trip Report

This was a great hike. The party that started out included 3 children, who made it within a quarter mile of the summit, and would have made the summit, if not for EXTREME wind conditions near the top, pushing the wind-chill well south of comfortable. The views from the trail were limited until the trail climbed above the tree line- then they were breathtaking. Aside from the potential for winds, hikers should also be warned that this is quite a popular trail- we went on a Tuesday and still saw dozens of others doing this hike.

One key benefit of this summit is it puts one within easy reach of about 5 other summits (assuming the weather is hospitable).
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:2844 ft / 867 m
    Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Route:Flattop Mountain Trail
    Trailhead:Bear Lake Trailhead  9480 ft / 2889 m
    Quality:2 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Part of Trip: 2009 Flattop Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDate
1Flattop Mountain2009-07-14
2Ptarmigan Point2009-07-14



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