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
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Classic Climbing Routes in Flattop Mountain - N side
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Classic AI3+/4 alpine ice route at the head of Odessa Gorge, northwest of Flattop Mountain - the center of the three couloirs. 900 feet of perfect gray alpine ice steepening from 50 to 70 degrees if you climb it in mid-summer. The last 40 feet can be hairy where the cornice breaks off and leaves vertical snow. It's doable in early winter before the cornice forms, too. ...[more] Browse More Classics in Colorado
BETA PHOTO: Taken March 2005 from Notchtop Couloir.