A light snow made trail finding difficult at time on the way up. Easier to see on the way down. I only saw people at the summit, otherwise I ha dthe hike to myself.
I've wanted to do this one for 3 years untill I finnaly summited a few days ago. Took a long time too, started at 5AM got down at 5PM and we were going very fast belive me.
Southwest ridge route. nice day with Nancy.
Last mile was a dousey! Great hike with just Shadow and I.
A fun day despite not particularly great weather. It never rained, and there was no thunder or lightning, but there were plenty of low lying clouds which blocked all the views once we reached the ridgeline.
It was my son's first 14er, so regardless of the weather, it was a very memorable day.
Beautiful hike with great weather. Views were fantastic!
Climbed with Ian on a great day. Hike back to the car seemed to take forever.
With another parent and a few boys of my son's Boy Scout troop.
Almost got lost in a snowstorm. Duchess did great despite the weather.
What a fantastic place to celebrate the 4th of July! We sauntered to the summit in a nice 3 hours and 15 minutes. [EDIT: Which is not bad for two old ladies, one with a pulled ligament in her left knee.] It was a beautiful day and I nearly fell asleep at the summit...until I realized I'd been laying on my camelback which drained into a puddle on the summit. So, which one of you is the young college intern who asked "Mind if I smoke?" at the summit? Partner: Deb.
Absolutely beautiful mountain and great route. I'm looking forward to coming back for the Ellingwood Ridge someday soon.
By far the most scenic 14er I've done to date. Beautiful views all the way up, spectacular summit. So, does everyone hike with their dog in CO?
I saw six people today and 2 had dogs. So answering your question, YES.
Alone on this route the entire day, which was surprising on a 14'er. I guess people think there is only one way up...
Did this in September in a foot of snow.
Climbed via Ellingwood Ridge and descended the standard route. A long day, but very fun route.
After failing the year before on Mount of the Holy Cross I was back to Colorado to claim my first 14er. La Plata NW Ridge route was it. I will never be able to forget the feeling of accomplishment I had when I finally reached the true summit. Words can not describe how beautiful it was. It sparked something inside me that led me up Huron Peak, my 2nd 14er, two days later.
Enjoyed a superb winter day on La Plata. Followed the trail until it started heading up La Plata Gulch, then made a beeline to the ridge to avoid avy terrain. The crux is a headwall that goes at class 2+ if you stay to climber's right. Snow was ~ 3 ft deep in the trees, which was not as bad as expected. Amazing views of Ellingwood Ridge in winter.
7/10/05 - Climbed Ellingwood Ridge and decended the standard route. Great day!
1/31/09 - Climbed the NW Ridge on a nice winter day.
Climbed solo through a good deal of snow. Great day!