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kronshage3Via Northwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 19, 2017


Started around 6:30AM. Road was a little icy, but fairly easy to make to trail head with 2WD sedan. No need for traction or snowshoes thanks to whoever broke in the trail already. The snowfields near the summit are interesting. I would highly suggest an ice axe. Otherwise it was a near perfect day with basically no wind. Also had entire mountain and trail to ourselves. Got back around 2PM.
Posted Dec 22, 2017 3:03 pm

lilmantisJust the wind and I  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 16, 2016


Took the Southwest Ridge route and camped over night in the basin at around 12,000 feet. The full moon lit up the entire range around me and was like sleeping with a huge porch light on under the stars and in my bevy sack. The winds yesterday were pretty consistent with 80mph or more gusts.
Posted Oct 17, 2016 12:18 pm

Smithman123Fun Summit  Sucess!


This was a great hike with nice views of Elbert and the surrounding mountains.
Posted Aug 4, 2016 10:20 am

schlegerWonderful  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 18, 2016


Hiked LaPlata on a Monday. Only saw two others on this exceptionally nice trail.
Posted Jul 21, 2016 8:42 pm

cmarks7cloudsTop 10  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 22, 1989


It's a Colorado top 10 with good reason. Enjoyed the entire day!
Posted May 17, 2016 6:24 pm

yadahzoemtnCool Mountain  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015


Loved this mountain
Posted Jan 8, 2016 9:12 pm

technicolorNHStandard route  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 14, 2015


Ten people on the trail today and I was the last one there (1055 am) and the last to depart (615 pm). Four hours and eight minutes up, a snack break on top, and two hours and fifty five minutes down. The trail was easy to figure out although some of the more hazardous parts were quite low (still in the treeline). Watch your footing. I met a juvenile bighorn sheep on the way down and Mother Nature took pity on me and did not drench me with rain despite the very late start.
Posted Sep 14, 2015 11:21 pm

Moogie737Northwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 5, 2015


#1 9-5-15 Quite the west wind; a fast-moving squall laid down 1/2" of snow above 13,700'. Therefore the mild scrambling closer to the summit became just a tad trickier. Mit Yz. Really pleasant summit including the wind-break.
Posted Sep 9, 2015 12:23 pm

RaguSummit with Kiddo  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 20, 2015


First 14er for my daughter - she did great coming from sea-level Boston. Not a cloud in the sky for 360... though western forest fire haze really diminished the view.
Posted Sep 1, 2015 5:20 pm

Tom FralichEllingwood Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2015

Tom Fralich

This is a long one.
Posted Aug 16, 2015 9:19 am

xDoogiexGreat hike on no sleep  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 26, 2015


Beautiful hike. I was awake for about 24hs when I started heading down. Lack of sleep and acclimatization made it feel way harder
Posted Jul 27, 2015 1:41 pm

buzzdainerGreat hike!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2015


Beautiful day, lots of marmots.
Posted Jul 21, 2015 9:56 pm

JBRunyanFirst 14er!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 3, 2012


First 14er, Highest climb to date! Beautiful Colorado day, Great Hike, Great Views!
Posted Dec 21, 2014 11:01 pm

OnagerCrazy Weather!  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 21, 2014


Made it! Started driving from Idaho Springs around 4am, hit the standard trail to La Plata Peak around 6am, followed the approach trail under overcast skies for the first 2 1/2 hours until we hit treeline at 12,000 ft. Navigated a steep gully and followed a well defined trail to the ridge near 12,500 ft. Weather obscured the summit but we pushed onward into the clouds. Around 13,000 ft. we were hit by sleet and soon after snow, with significant wind. We made a decision to keep going, and it was the right one. We made the summit at noon, snapped a few photos and got back down to the relative safety of the ridge. Backtracked down the trail and on our way down the skies opened up. The hike back out was beautiful. Made it to the car a little past 4pm. A long, wet and windy day, but the views of what we accomplished on our hike out were phenomenal! Round trip a little less than 10 miles, and 4,500 ft. of elevation gain to the summit from the trailhead.
Posted Sep 21, 2014 11:16 pm

ericdNorthwest Ridge   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Sep 3, 2014


Missed the roadside trailhead and hiked 4 miles beyond to Sawyers gulch, uhgg! La Plata trail was nice and straightforward once on it (-8 miles of warmup exercise), includes trail steps and thoughtful switchbacks that compensate for the rocky talus above 13,000'. Quick timing FYI: 4hrs UP. No weather and half moon for descent.
Posted Sep 4, 2014 12:08 pm

BradBartickNorthwest Ridge  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Aug 9, 2014


With Michelle. Left summit in nick of time due to T-storms.
Posted Aug 9, 2014 6:18 pm

Climbing JackQuick day on La Plata  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 29, 2010

Climbing Jack

Via the northwest slopes.
Posted Jul 21, 2014 8:49 pm

MadGrad96La Plata  Sucess!


Posted Nov 1, 2013 7:52 am

alpineairLa Plata Peak  Sucess!
Winter ascent.
Posted Oct 28, 2013 10:55 am

DanielLEllingwood Ridge success  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 13, 2012


Climbed the famous Ellingwood Ridge - huge day, it felt good to get this one done!
Posted Oct 4, 2013 11:51 pm

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