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Flattop Mountain - N side

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Flattop Mountain - N side  


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BETA PHOTO: Taken March 2005 from Notchtop Couloir.

Description 

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 WI3 M2

Getting There 

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



Weather station 8.2 miles from here

5 Total Routes

['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Flattop Mountain - N side:
East Couloir   WI2     Trad, Ice   
The Hourglass   WI3     Trad, Ice, Grade II   
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Featured Route For Flattop Mountain - N side
The Hourglass!

The Hourglass WI3  CO : CO Ice & Mixed : ... : Flattop Mountain - N side
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 CO

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A view of the "Ptarmingan Fingers" (N side of Flattop) on 6-3-2007. We did the approach on the right side of the tarn, then traversed to the east couloir.
A view of the "Ptarmingan Fingers" (N side of Flat...

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