Flat Tops Explorer
Denver, CO5.0 (1 reviews)
- Alpine Lakes
- Ascend 2 Flat Tops Peaks
- High Plateaus & Alpine Tundra
- Mountain Solitude
- Creeks Tumbling from the High Country
- Abundant Wildlife Habitat
Enjoy a challenging, isolated, and scenic experience in Colorado’s backcountry! The Flat Top Wilderness offers an escape from crowds, while showcasing landscapes worthy of being a national park. Known as the “Cradle of Wilderness,” the Flat Tops are said to have inspired Congress to create the Wilderness Act. It is Colorado’s second largest wilderness area consisting of 235,000 acres of alpine lakes, streams, peaks, and wildlife. This five-day backpacking trip is a fantastic choice for any individual aiming to explore vast amount of terrain in authentic wilderness. The Flat Tops Explorer follows a beautiful route around Trappers Lake, exploring the high plateau and alpine lakes. A combination of moving campsites and day hiking creates opportunities to view wildflowers, herds of elk, marmot, and lakes filled with Colorado Cutthroat Trout. Day 4 grants the chance to hike one of the tallest summits in the region, Trappers Peak (12,002 ft.). Returning to civilization will come far too soon after experiencing such beauty and adventure.
$1440 Per Person
DIFFICULTY LEVEL 4
Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult
This trip mainly follows dirt and rock trails that are lightly maintained. Summiting Trappers Peak (12,002 FT/ 3,658 M) requires scrambling over loose rocks and boulders. Day 2 through Day 5 are spent above 11,000 FT/ 3,350 M above sea level.
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:
- Hiking uphill or downhill with a 35-45 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
- Maintaining balance and footing on moderately rugged terrain
- Hiking for multiple days in a row above 11,000 feet
SOLITUDE LEVEL 4
1 least solitude, 5 most solitude
We rate this Colorado hike a solitude 4. You can expect to see a couple other groups of hikers per day.