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...
Cooperating weather... can't ask for more.
First time I never saw anyone else on my 14er trail, but did share summit with someone who went up/down a different route. Neither of us encounted anyone else. Quiet day, was very nice. Getting very cold already!
Not another soul on the trail.
With Megan and Katie, both 10. Their first 14er!
Nice hike via Ellingwood Ridge
Not a drop of rain with a 70% chance. This was a great hike.