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Flattop East face approach via Bear lake trail

Intermediate

Trail

1.6 mile 2.6 kilometer point to point
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Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 745' 227 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 10,233' 3,119 m
Low: 9,489' 2,892 m

Grade

Avg Slope: 9% (5°)
Max Slope: 26% (15°)
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An easy approach to the base of Flattop's East face.

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Type: Backcountry or Sidecountry

Description

From the Bear Lake parking area (there will be great signage and there should be a established skin track but one still needs to pay attention), skin-up and head out on the Bear Lake trail. You'll climb above Bear Lake (amazing views of Glacier Gorge and Lumpy Ridge) looking for the Flattop Mountain trail, take the Flattop trail west (left) and continue climbing through the trees.

The next trail junction you'll come to will be the Bear Lake-Fern Lake trail, stay to the right and continue on the Fern Lake trail. You'll continue along this trail for a little under 3/4 of a mile eventually reaching a clearing at the base of Flattop's East face. Pick your skin track and start climbing, enjoy.

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Feb 24, 2019
Gillian Scarborough
Jan 20, 2019
Blake Gansborg
Nov 12, 2018
James Schroeder
Mar 11, 2017
Chas Vergauwen
Starting first trip up to Banana bowl
Jan 29, 2017
Tom Stonebraker
Apr 17, 2016
Connor Newman

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Beautiful view of Glacier Gorge. You can see Spearhead tucked a way up there.
Mar 12, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Just coming out of tree line.
Mar 12, 2015 near Estes Park, CO
Looking up the East face.
Mar 12, 2015 near Estes Park, CO

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