Ascent of Flat Top Mountain on 2018-07-21

Climber: Dennis Stewart

Others in Party:William Musser -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Saturday, July 21, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flat Top Mountain
    Elevation:12354 ft / 3765 m

Ascent Trip Report

The weather did not look cooperative for a climb today with early morning overcast clouds, but things got better during our climb. I was joined by William Musser who I had met On-Line on this site. We had followed each other's trip reports on occasions and it was nice to finally meet up with a kindred spirit and not have to climb alone like I usually do. I worried about our age difference, since I will turn 70 in Oct. and Bill was only in his 50's, but he was gentle on me and hiked my slower pace the entire distance. We started at the Stillwater Reservoir Dam, with a clean vault toilet at the trailhead that even has plenty of paper, and followed Trail 1122 across the dam and up to the obvious saddle in the distance. This trail is extremely well maintained and we saw several volunteer crews during our climb. Once on the saddle, the intermittent trail heads east up a wide ridgeline across tundra with a couple of small elevation losses to a rock covered summit which is well named, Flat Top Mountain. A benchmark can be found in a ring of rocks and we were among the first people that had the chance to sign the newly placed (July 9, 2018) register. Our ascent time was 2.75 hours to hike the 4.4 miles. With the good weather, we relaxed on the summit for over one hour before making our descent. Less than 30 minutes after leaving the summit, storm clouds began building directly over the summit and we heard some thunder. It appeared rather quickly. We reached the trailhead in 2 hours and 12 minutes after a great climb in amazingly beautiful country and only received two short sprinkles of rain.
Summary Total Data
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail, Open Country
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles

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