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Identification:

Preferred Structure Name:
Flattop Mountain Trail
Structure Number:
FR-06
Other Structure Name(s):
 
Other Structure Name(s)
1. 
Grand Trail
2. 
Big Trail
Park:
Rocky Mountain National Park
Historic District:
 
Historic District
No records.
Structure State:
Colorado
Structure County:
Larimer
Region:
Intermountain
Cluster:
Rocky Mountain
Administrative Unit:
Rocky Mountain National Park
LCS ID:
663441
 
Historical Significance:

National Register Status:
Entered - Documented
National Register Date:
09/27/2007
National Historic Landmark?:
No
Significance Level:
Local
Short Significance Description:
East Longs Peak Trail is eligible for listing on the National Register, at a local level, under Criteria A and C. The periods of significance are: 1925 - 1945.
Long Significance Description:
Flattop Mountain Trail is eligible for listing on the National Register, at a local level, under Criterion A as it is representative of entertainment/recreation for its association with the early resort industry and tourism in the Estes Park region, for its connection to the twentieth-century movement to develop national parks for public enjoyment, and with the involvement of the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC). And Criterion C for the area of landscape architecture as the trail’s configuration and materials reflects the National Park Service naturalistic design of the 1920s – 1940s. The periods of significance are: 1925 - 1945.
 
Construction Period:

Construction Period:
Historic
Chronology:
 
Physical Event
Begin Year
Begin Year AD/BC
End Year
End Year AD/BC
Designer
Designer Occupation
1. 
Built
1925
AD
1925
AD


2. 
Rehabilitated
1940
AD
1940
AD
CCC
Other
 
Function and Use:

Primary Historic Function:
Hiking Trail
Primary Current Use:
Hiking Trail
Structure Contains Museum Collections?:
No
Other Functions or Uses:
 
Other Function(s) or Use(s)
Historic or Current
No records.
 
Physical Description:

Structure Type:
Trail/Walk
Material(s):
 
Structural Component(s)
Material(s)
1. 
Superstructure
Earth
2. 
Superstructure
Stone
3. 
Superstructure
Log
Short Physical Description:
Flattop Mountain Trail is located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail climbs 2,800 feet in 4.5 miles. Dry-laid rock walls, and rock and log checks facilitate the trail’s rapid climb.
Long Physical Description:
Flattop Mountain Trail is located on the east side of Rocky Mountain National Park. The trail begins at Bear Lake, 9,500 foot elevation, and moves northeast onto Bierstadt Moraine. From here, the trail turns westward, following the spine of the moraine to the flank of Flattop Mountain. Then the trail uses switchbacks to ascend the northeast side of the mountain, achieving the 12,324 foot high summit on the Continental Divide. The trail is 4.5 miles long, with the width ranging from 2 to 5 feet. Broad views, combined with a relatively quick and strenuous ascent, define the trip up the Flattop Tail. Dry-laid rock walls and rock and log checks facilitate the trail’s rapid climb.