When you’re a peakbagging fiend, you can’t visit somewhere without climbing the highest thing around.
Since we’re currently boondocking in the Flat Tops area, that means Flat Top Mountain at 12,354 feet.
Staring up at it every day from our campsite, it doesn’t look like much, just a point on a long westerly slope. With almost no trail information on the internet, a few minutes spent in Garmin BaseCamp and the topographic contours show a nice constant slope up from the Derby trail.
Long and boring, there is absolutely zero reason to do this trail unless you’re a peakbagger. While the view over the Flat Tops Wilderness area are beautiful, you can get almost the same views 1,000 feet lower and then spend the afternoon fishing in the hundreds of lakes up here.