Flat Top Mountains

For the second half of my three week trip out West in August 2016, I went to the Flat Tops of northern Colorado.  I love this mountain range because the flat-topped mountains are unique and the area is just really pretty.  The weather was bad for the first couple of days, though, so I spent the time driving around and car camping.  I found an absolutely beautiful car camping site that was easily one of the best sites I’ve ever found, and I needed a crowbar to pull myself away from it.  But the weather looked like it was going to ease up a little, so I headed up from Stillwater Reservoir for a three day loop.

The weather was perfect when I started, and it was great when I topped out on mountain.  In fact, the weather was so nice when I got on top that I found myself taking my sweet time to enjoy the views.  After a couple of hours, though, the weather took a drastic turn.  First, a snow storm blew through and lasted about an hour.  Then a thunderstorm started brewing.  When that happened, I sat down with the map, looked around at my completely treeless surroundings, and realized that I was about to spend the night above treeline in nasty weather.  The temperature had already dropped significantly and I was already getting cold, so I decided to do the prudent thing and slink back to the truck.  This decision was made easier by the thought of that beautiful car camping site that I could enjoy in the dryness of the back of my truck.

It snowed on me all the way back down.  I agonized over the decision, and every time I passed a campsite, I stopped and waited for a few minutes to see if the weather would let up.  But every time I stopped, the clouds opened up again, and I kept moving.

Ultimately, I arrived back at the truck and moved back to the great camp spot, where I spent the next two days just walking, relaxing, and trying out my new packraft.

I do love the Flat Tops, and I’ll definitely be taking more trips back here.

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