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.
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.
This is a long one.
Beautiful hike. I was awake for about 24hs when I started heading down. Lack of sleep and acclimatization made it feel way harder
Beautiful day, lots of marmots.
First 14er, Highest climb to date! Beautiful Colorado day, Great Hike, Great Views!
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.
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.
With Michelle. Left summit in nick of time due to T-storms.
Via the northwest slopes.
Climbed the famous Ellingwood Ridge - huge day, it felt good to get this one done!
Awesome summit! Incredible setting... hope to do this one a few more times in my life... great mountain.
Great weekend in the Sawatch range. Saw a storm slam into Elbert around noon, lighting hitting all around it. It left the summit covered in snow. CRAZY!
almost didnt make it back...