Hike Flattop Mountain

rocky rugged flat area
Flattop Mountain

NPS Photo / Kim Grossman

  • Distance: 8.8 miles round trip
  • Elevation gain: 1,215 feet
  • Trail type: Out and Back, Strenuous

Hike to the top of the Continental Divide! Although the trail is well marked and well used, this trail is one of the most difficult designated trails in the park. Along the trail you'll get incredible views of Dream Lake and Hallet Peak, as well as the unique opportunity to stand on top on the nation’s dividing line! From the top of this trail, you can continue onto Hallet Peak, Tyndall Glacier, or the down the North Inlet trail to Grand Lake.

Note: Due to the extreme popularity of the Bear Lake area, you might want to arrive early. This trail is very busy, especially in summer and on fall weekends. Parking often fills by early morning. Roads are congested. The park’s free shuttle bus is here to help! You can ride the shuttle to stunning destinations and popular trailheads, all while avoiding the hassle of dealing with traffic and searching for parking.

Altitude Warning: Altitude sickness affects many visitors every year. Symptoms include headache, nausea, fatigue, dizziness, vomiting, and even unconsciousness. Altitude can also aggravate pre-existing conditions like heart and lung disease. Take your time, drink water, eat, and rest. The only cure for altitude sickness is to go down to a lower altitude.

Storm Warning: Weather in Colorado can turn in an instant! Be prepared for changing weather conditions. Check the forecast before heading out. Lightning can strike anywhere in Rocky. Watch for building storm clouds and return to the trailhead immediately if you hear thunder. As a rule of thumb, try to be back at the trailhead by noon.

Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Accessibility Information
This is not a paved trail. It is extremely rugged with an elevation gain of 1,215 feet.

Last updated: November 12, 2020