Ascent of Flat Top on 2020-04-23

Climber: Barrett Wood

Date:Thursday, April 23, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Flat Top
    Elevation:4114 ft / 1253 m

Ascent Trip Report

Ran from Darnell Creek. 10.6 miles RT. 1:02 up, 3 minutes on the summit, 53 minutes down.

ACCESS: The drive from Dillard is easy. Turn east on Kelly's Creek road and make a slight right onto Darnell Creek road at the sign for the shooting range. Darnell Creek road quickly turns to gravel and climbs toward the trailhead. The road becomes rough gravel for the last mile and is not passable in a passenger car. I stopped 50 yards short of the trailhead.

ROUTE: Stay straight on the Darnell Creek Trail for 3.1 miles. At 0.6 miles there is a deep stream crossing. It is easy but over knee-deep. At 3.1, make a left on the gravel for 10 yards and another left onto the Bartram. I ascended as high as I could on the Bartram then bushwhacked to the summit from the east. No views. I descended south face and had to scramble a few rock faces and dealt with heavy brush. The eastern route is by far the best way to gain access. This was a fun run. The Bartram is well-maintained but the Darnell Creek Trail could use a bit of work on drainage and downed trees.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1976 ft / 601 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1976 ft / 601 m
    Round-Trip Distance:10.6 mi / 17.1 km
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Weather:Raining, Breezy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:1786 ft / 544 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1596 ft / 486 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Loss on way in:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:5.4 mi / 8.7 km
    Route:Darnell Creek TR/Bartram TR
    Start Trailhead:Darnell Creek  2518 ft / 767 m
    Time:1 Hours 2 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1786 ft / 544 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 1596 ft / 486 m; Extra: 190 ft / 57m
    Gain on way out:190 ft / 57 m
    Distance:5.2 mi / 8.4 km
    End Trailhead:Darnell Creek  2518 ft / 767 m
    Time:53 Minutes

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