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bakcastRoute Climbed: SW Ridge Date Climbed: Nov 99, Sept 2000


La Plata has turned me away twice, both times due to bad weather.
Posted Nov 17, 2004 10:10 pm

NatashaRoute Climbed: La Plata Peak Trail Date Climbed: October 10, 2004  Sucess!


Incredible day! Great weather (sunny, 30F at the summit, and no wind :), awesome views!
Posted Oct 12, 2004 3:00 pm

mr_gRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: September 30, 2000  Sucess!


Started from the North Winfield 4WD trailhead, and made quick time to the plateau. The weather held out, and we had very nice views of the Sawatch Range. This route seemed quicker than the standard route from the north - only 6.5 hours round trip.
Posted Oct 12, 2004 8:59 am

Brad SniderRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: August 7, 2004  Sucess!

Brad Snider

My 10th Fourteener. Had a great time on Ellingwood, but if I ever do that climb again I'll definitely start earlier in the morning (My friend and I started at 5:30 AM, but it took us ten hours to summit). Absolutely loved it!
Posted Sep 21, 2004 9:47 pm

Larry VRoute Climbed: standard Date Climbed: July 1972  Sucess!

Larry V

The weather was electrifying.
Posted Sep 12, 2004 6:32 pm

Matt MahoneyRoute Climbed: Ellingwood ridge Date Climbed: July 1, 2004  Sucess!

Matt Mahoney

A long, challenging, seldom traveled route. I saw no trail, no cairns, and no footprints during my 5-6 hours on the ridge. photos.
Posted Aug 26, 2004 7:58 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: August 16, 2004  Sucess!


Ellingwood Ridge is sweet ! If you're looking for six hours of scrambling on a great ridge, this is it!
Posted Aug 16, 2004 5:26 pm

mtnhiker13Route Climbed: Winfield Trailhead Date Climbed: August 15, 2004  Sucess!


Well La Plata surprised me. After climbing Missouri, Emerald and Iowa the day before, I didn't think La Plata would be much fun but it was.

Weather was great, the hike through the basin was beautiful. The rocks on the mountain were fun - avoid the trail - it's scree and loose footing. Climb on the rocks and have fun! Very solid.

La Plata is everything a Sawatch Mountain should be.
Posted Aug 16, 2004 9:40 am

SaintgrizzlyRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge, South Approach Date Climbed: Summer, 198? & 199?  Sucess!


Have done this mountain twice, which is surprising since for some reason I don't particularly care for the thing. First climb was memorable because the weather was so unbelievably warm, climbing partners Aaron Johnson and Mike Kloepfer took a two hour nap on the summit!

And got away with it...

Posted Aug 10, 2004 1:37 pm

ChrisRoute Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 26, 2004  Sucess!


Very nice day after a long spell of bad weather, the mountain gods were smiling. This is a beautiful hike up a scenic valley, and a great mountain.
Posted Jul 26, 2004 5:06 pm

DaveCRoute Climbed: from the south Date Climbed: june 99  Sucess!


I was sure I told Shon 2 nights of camping, so I had to talk him into it once we were there. Great view of Huron and the Apostles and Ice mtn from our camp on the less popular southern basin. steep bushwhack to get out of it, but oh well.
Posted May 20, 2004 9:58 pm

Ryan KowalskiRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: September 27, 2003  Sucess!

Ryan Kowalski

Got a bit turned around in the early-morning dark but once on route had a blast. First half is pretty good rock, but quality deteriates as you go. This climb just sucks your energy out. Lots of up and down. But in the end, the sense of accomplishment and the incredible scrambling and scenery made it well worth it.
Posted Apr 19, 2004 5:22 pm

coloradoiceclimberRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: August 18, 2002  Sucess!


CD, Mark, and I summited on my birthday! I had to climb the route after having climbed Elbert and not being able to tear my eyes away from the ridge! We gained the ridge very early (way North of the peak), which made for a very long day. Great clasic ridge climbing with as mush exposure as you want. Many of the obstacles can be avoined by dropping slightly below the ridge, but what fun is that! Also, if anyone tries to tell you that there is a trail that should be used to get you to the route, they are full of it.
Posted Apr 10, 2004 7:21 pm

RyanSRoute Climbed: Southwest Ridge Date Climbed: September 22, 2001  Sucess!


Labor Day brought a snowstorm in 2001, so we avoided the mountains for a few weeks before trying another few 14ers. La Plata Peak turned out to be an excellent choice because the aspens along the Clear Creek Road were peaking. The willows kind of suck in the valley, especially with non-waterproof boots, and the southwest ridge felt to us like it took forever to climb, but we had a great autumn day, nevertheless.
Posted Apr 8, 2004 1:54 pm

JonBradfordRoute Climbed: North Ridge Date Climbed: July 23, 2000  Sucess!


La Plata was one of my favorite Sawatch fourteeners (along with Mount of the Holy Cross and Huron Peak). It is a nice climb with asttounding views. The Ellingwood Ridge is dramatic from the north ridge.

Posted Mar 22, 2004 8:57 pm

xskier77Route Climbed: Northwest Ridge Date Climbed: July 6,2003  Sucess!


Perfect day to climb a 14er. Gary, Dave and myself. With minimal stops on the way up we managed to summit this peak in under 4 hours. The summit was beautiful and it was fun to look down at the Ellingwood ridge which Gary and I attempted the previous year a little too late in the season. This year we may make another attempt to summit via the Ellingwood ridge.
Posted Feb 1, 2004 8:53 pm

reubenrrRoute Climbed: Ellingwood Ridge Date Climbed: July 20, 2003  Sucess!
Picking our way along the trail-less ridge was slower going than expected. A fun and challenging route. Reaching the summit by this route leaves a feeling of accomplishment.
Posted Jan 22, 2004 11:35 pm

GrantRoute Climbed: South Slopes via winfield Date Climbed: June 15, 2003  Sucess!


This was the second time I attempted La Plata. The first time I had to turn around due to inclement weather. This time Jim and I met at the trailhead in the morning and we hiked up together. Hiking up the valley to the first saddle was fun and beautiful. From there the hike was pretty uneventful and took much a longer than I though it would to make the summit. The views were nice and I was glad to have finished all of the Swatach Fourteeners.
Posted Jan 18, 2004 10:39 pm

hhsilleckRoute Climbed: SW ridge Date Climbed: July 2000  Sucess!


Standard Sawatch climb - the hard part is finding the bridge across the river near the start of the hike.
Posted Jan 9, 2004 7:21 pm

nitlsuRoute Climbed: Standard Date Climbed: 08/21/2003  Sucess!
I woke up late and reached the trail head at 9:00 AM. Upon getting there I met a guy who returned from mid-way to the top saying the weather's too bad. Well that's an ominous start...However since it was my last day there I soldiered on.

Reached the summit at around 1:00 PM. On the way down got caught in a thunderstorm. Instead of taking cover I chose to attempt a "out-descend" the storm and it worked although I was drenched and chilled to the bone.

Now I have done both the routes to La Plata - the standard one and the fiendish Ellingwood Ridge. This is an excellent climb with clearly marked routes and some nice photo opportunities.
Posted Dec 25, 2003 11:34 am

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