Peak(s):  Ypsilon Mtn  -  13,514 feet
Date Posted:  08/19/2007
Date Climbed:   08/18/2007
Author:  JasonF
 Hallett Peak via Flattop Mountain Trail  

OK - I know this is not Ypsilon Mtn - no options for 12ers on this website however this was a great hike and worthwhile sharing.

Hike Date: August 18, 2007
Party: Jason solo
Trailhead: Bear Lake
Trail: Flattop Mountain Trail
Summit Height: 12,713'
Elevation Gain: 3,228'
Start: 6:15 AM
Summit: 8:15 AM
Finish Time: 10:15 AM

I have been impressed with Hallett Peak ever since seeing it on a family hike a couple years ago so when we had to rearrange our family vacation plans to RMNP my hiking buds started salivating. After spending some quality time with the 'fam' on Thursday and Friday, Dad took some time to get his high altitude fix. I got an early start while the rest of the family was still catching some "zees" at the Jellystone Campground of Estes Park. The hike was rather uneventful until above treeline and then the wind got rather nasty with continuous stream of 15-20 mph, particularly since it was a head wind. Stayed on the summit for about 10 minutes before descending. Ran into 20-30 fellow hikers on the descent. This was a Class 1 trail with the only Class 2 section coming at the final 250 or so up Hallett Peak. The trail was in great shape and I would rank it as one of the best that I have ever hiked on. You do have to pay attention while hiking as this route is shared with horses. This trail provides access to Grand Lake.

Pics as follows:

Hallett Peak from Sprague Lake

Hallett Peak from Bear Lake

View south from Flattop Mountain - Hallett Peak in foreground, Longs Peak in background

Longs Peak at dawn

Tyndall Glacier and Flattop Mountain from Hallett Peak

View of Bear Lake TH parking lot from Flattop Mountain Trail

View west from Hallett Peak, Grand Lake in view

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