The hike to the Flattop Mountain in the Rocky Mountains can be a very scary experience if you aren't prepared for certain circumstances. Here are a few things to know before going for the hike.
Hikers should always be prepared when hiking in the Rocky Mountains. There is a lightning risk when at higher elevations. You and your party should plan on being off the mountain by noon to ensure the best safety. Being off the mountain by noon will also help with the thunderstorms that come during the summer months.
During the summer months you should also prepare for the sun exposure, wind, and cool temperatures. The weather can change rapidly really fast and you should be prepared in case it does happen. Make sure you pack the proper gear so you are ready to whatever comes across your path. You want this hiking experience to be fun not miserable!
This trail is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park. It begins from the Bear Lake Trailhead, 9 miles from the turnoff at Highway 36. There is also a free park shuttle that will transport you. In the summer months, it can be very busy and hard to find parking so the shuttle is a great way to have to leave that stress behind.
It has been seen said that the Arapaho and Ute indians likely traveled across the park and sed the Trail Ridge, Forest Canyon, Fall River, and Flattop Mountain. The Flattop Mountain was the main trial that they used. It was constructed in 1925 and was rehabilitated by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1940.