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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).
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.
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Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Flattop Mountain - N side:
West Couloir WI2-3 M2 Trad, Mixed, Ice
Ptarmigan Glacier Mod. Snow Snow, 5 pitches
Flattop Gully Steep Snow Snow, 1000'
East Couloir WI2 Trad, Ice
The Hourglass WI3 Trad, Ice, Grade II
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West Couloir WI2-3 M2 CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Flattop Mountain - N side
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 CO
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