Ascent of Flat Top Mountain on 2014-07-19

Climber: Lane Johnson

Others in Party:Ken Johnson
David Johnson
Date:Saturday, July 19, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:ATV
Peak:Flat Top Mountain
    Elevation:10620 ft / 3236 m

Ascent Trip Report

Climbed with sons Ken and Dave.

Trail is rocky, frequently bushed in, and hard to find in places. Definitely wearing pants to avoid thorn scratches. As Ken recommended, it's agood idea to turn north onto the trail at about 40.356624 and -112.207747, where fires were once built. Otherwise, you'll soon see the trail drop a few hundred feet down through dense trees, and you'll have to find a way to hike back up to a ridge on the north--all hard going. If you turn north at the fire pit, pass the cairn and follow the trail around the west side of the hill and then work your way up the slope and through the trees to the aforementioned saddle at about 40.359127, -112.202375. From there, head more or less straight up the ridge. The trail is faint in places, but stay near the ridge or just to the left (north) side of the ridge until about 40.360005, -112.196591, or where you are about even with the ridge running to the North up to Flat Top, and cut to the left through the trees. Follow the north-south ridge up to Flat Top. The ridge is rockier than it looks from below, and a decent trail avoids the rock-hopping by skirting the dense brush below the ridge on the west and coming around up to the top.

Great views all around, although our view was quite limited by smoke and haze. There are some mirrors near the small radio building you can use to try to signal friends in the valley. We had cell phone service on the peak, although it was unreliable at times.

Be warned that the road above the large parking area in South Fork Ophir Canyon is rough, and an ATV or similar off-road vehicle/motorcycle is recommended, although a high-clearance vehicle, preferably with 4WD, could make it going VERY slowly.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2420 ft / 737 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2420 ft / 737 m
    Round-Trip Distance:6.2 mi / 10 km
    Grade/Class:Class 2
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail, Bushwhack
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Hot, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Smoky haze due to widlfires
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2420 ft / 737 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Main trail
    Start Trailhead:Trailhead off S. Fk. Ophir Canyon Road  8200 ft / 2499 m
    Time:3 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2420 ft / 737 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    End Trailhead:8200 ft / 2499 m
    Time:2 Hours 
Ascent Part of Trip: Flat Top Mountain

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Flat Top Mountain2014-07-192420 ft / 738 m
Total Trip Gain: 2420 ft / 738 m    Total Trip Loss: 2420 ft / 738 m

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