Flattop Mountain - N side Rock Climbing
A view of the "Ptarmingan Fingers" (N si...
In a fine little drainage between Notchtop and Flattop mountains, you will find a multitude of rock and snow/ice routes. There are many possible routes up and down Flattop (due south), Notchtop (due north), and the terminus of the drainage, Ptarmigan Cirque (due west).
For the purposes of organization, we'll limit this subarea to those mixed/ice routes on the northern aspect of the mountain which are approached from the Emerald Lake area.
There are at least 4 distinct routes and 2 variations here including:
Flattop Gully East Couloir
WI2 Hourglass Couloir
WI3-4 West Couloir
Park at the Bear Lake Parking lot (newly renovated) at the end of Bear Lake Road. Hike north of Bear Lake on the Flattop Mountain Trail. Follow signs to Odessa Lake, forking off of the Flattop Mountain trail. Break off trail and continue southwest past Lake Helene and up the obvious drainage.
Climbing Season For the Bear Lake Trailheads area.
Weather station 8.2 miles from here
5 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
Classic Climbing Routes in Flattop Mountain - N side
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WI2-3 M2 Colorado
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West Couloir is the right of the three Flattop Mountain Couloirs at the head of Odessa Gorge. The first 500' is beautiful 50-60 degree alpine ice in the summer, which then necks down and turns to snow. If its melting out, there will be a 1-foot wide ridge of snow with trenches between it and the rock in the neck of the couloir that makes the climb interesting and provides a touch of mixed climbing in late summer. 200' of 55-60 degree snow to the top. ...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: Taken March 2005 from Notchtop Couloir.