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Ascent of Flat Top Mountain on 2018-07-21

Climber: William Musser

Others in Party:Dennis Stewart -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Flat Top Mountain
    Location:USA-Colorado
    Elevation:12354 ft / 3765 m

Ascent Trip Report

Dennis Stewart out of MO and I have been reading TRs for years so when he came to CO this year to do a whirlwind tour of CHPs and 14ers, we made arrangements to climb some together. This was the first one. His son Marshall will be flying out to join him later in the trip but I jumped on the chance to get some company along with some of these remote Colorado CHPs.

We parked at the trailhead at Stillwater Reservoir The trail across the dam is well marked and called #1122. It meanders up and down and through some woods briefly and then climb up a saddle between the flattop mountain and another small peak below 12k to the right. The trails essentially decline from there and it is mostly an open country climb through grassy terrain with good views.

We beat the thunderheads by getting up there before 10 AM, had a long lunch and started down around 10 AM. Rain followed us. The peak is made up highly vesicular basalt - so it is as slow cooled slug of thick magma at the surface that cooled rapidly and had a lot of gas escape. The rocks, thus are full of holes. Wild flowers were in full bloom. Trail conditions very well maintained. We had one party running down the mountain and rangers coming up as we were coming down. Pretty remote and uncrowded but well maintained. About 9 miles total and 2400 feet or so vertical. We estimated over 200 feet of additional gain each way.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2564 ft / 781 m
    Total Elevation Loss:410 ft / 124 m
    Round-Trip Distance:9 mi / 14.5 km
    Grade/Class:1,1+
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Weather:Pleasant
rushed down before rain/thunder
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2359 ft / 719 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 2154 ft / 657 m; Extra: 205 ft / 62m
    Loss on way in:205 ft / 62 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
    Route:US forest trail #1122
    Start Trailhead:parking at Stillwater Reservoir  10200 ft / 3108 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:205 ft / 62 m
    Gain on way out:205 ft / 62 m
    Distance:4.5 mi / 7.2 km
Ascent Part of Trip: Dennis Stewart Weekend

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
 Peak 120082018-07-22 b328 ft / 100 m
 Wolford Mountain2018-07-22 c757 ft / 231 m
1Flat Top Mountain2018-07-21 a2564 ft / 782 m
2Flattop Mountain West2018-07-21 b 
3Rio Blanco County High Point2018-07-22 a2897 ft / 883 m
Total Trip Gain: 6546 ft / 1996 m    Total Trip Loss: 3665 ft / 1117 m



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