Started around 3:30am and only passed one group before being first up to summit just before 6:30. Lonely morning on the peak with ominous clouds in the distance. Nothing ended up occurring, but I was down quick anyways. Beautiful peak—beautiful hike. One of my favorites so far.
Started hiking at 4:25 am. About 15 minutes in we saw some spooky eyes on the trail. I yelled full voiced til they seemed to run away. Summitted around 7:30. Clouds were already developing so we didn't stay long. 14er #20.
We got rained out of attempting any peaks on Friday. We were planning on doing Harvard and Columbia that day, and Antero on Saturday. But the weather had us change our plans. So we decided on La Plata for Saturday. I had seen it from the Elbert summit a few years earlier, and had always wanted to be on it's summit. I'm so glad we did! This turned out to be my favorite hike of the trip. The parking area is less than ideal, especially on a weekend. The trail goes through private land, and they ask that you remain only on the trail. The trail is one of the most scenic and diverse of any hike I've seen. You go through a dense forest at the beginning, with a bridge crossing across a red river over a little waterfall. Then climb mostly next to a mountain stream, where there is plenty of water refill options, or dog drinking/soaking spots. Niko loved every lapping up water each time we got close to the river. The trail is super well maintained, and is steep, but doable. Even the summit ridge is very well maintained, where workers have made boulder steps to ascend to the summit. Many people take shortcuts, or get off trail. But if you stay on the boulder steps, it is very easy to find the summit. The large glacial valleys cutting all around this peak make it one of the most scenic summits I've ever seen.
Beautiful hike with great views
with dad, then drove to Jackson Hole
Took the beautiful southwest ridge from Winfield
Perfect weather, hiked with Dad for what he claims to be his last 14er. Hard than we thought it would be, but we made it. Great views from the summit.
Up Ellingwood ridge. Took slightly longer than expected. Windy but the weather held. Very beautiful.
Jumped in the stream on the way down to cool off. Some snow on top.
07/15 w/Cory Martin
Via standard route
As a last second decision, ran up La Plata after doing Elbert and before work in Estes Park the next day. Enough about my crazy decisions, it was bitter cold during that sunset on the top. That peak you see on the way up the valley is crazy gorgeous.
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.
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.
This was a great hike with nice views of Elbert and the surrounding mountains.
Hiked LaPlata on a Monday. Only saw two others on this exceptionally nice trail.
It's a Colorado top 10 with good reason. Enjoyed the entire day!
Loved this mountain
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.
#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.