I saw La Plata Peak from Mount Elbert's summit a few days ago, so I thought to give it a try.
My hike started at Lake Creek Trailhead at 7:30 am. The views were amazing. Got to the top at noon. Took a few pictures of the snow covered summit and of the other ranges to the east and west.
Went to Independence Pass summit after the climb to see la Plata Peak touched by the last sunrays of the day.
La Plata Peak 4,377 m (14,361 ft)
I climbed with my father and some of his work friends. Climbed from the South at Winfield. Another great alternative, as we didn't see anyone until nearly the summit. Some steep parts, but overall a great mountain with a nice summit. Distinctive shape really made it cool.
The ridge was challenging enough without the weather fighting me and my group the whole way up. Rain, hail, snow, and a strong wind all day. An exciting and fun route, tougher than expected. Quite the class 3 adventure.
Exciting ridge scramble especially with full packs in a hailstorm so powerful it was like being in a giant popcorn popper.
Started hiking at 640pm and summited at about 9pm in the pitch dark. Had the mountain to myself!
It was a beautiful day, pretty windy on the top. Great hike.
Enjoyed one of the most beautiful days of hiking I've ever experienced in CO during my La Plata solo hike- blue skies all day long and minimal wind. NW Ridge route was steep, but beautiful, and the views of Ellingwood Ridge after gaining the ridge were spectacular! La Plata is now one of my favorites in the Sawatch range.
Beautiful mountain, but the descent seemed to go on forever!
I saw no other humans until I began my descent, and they were all coming from 82. Awesome lonely day before the storms hit. Made the drive home interesting.
Summited from SH 82 trailhead in 2 hours and 50 minutes. This is definitely the steepest 14er standard route I have done in the Sawatch. Enjoyed the summit for over 2.5 hours before heading back down. I had the summit to myself for the first hour or so before the first wave of folks hit the summit.
Another beautiful trail in the Sawatch - LaPlata Basin is very scenic. Scree to the saddle was miserable on ascent and (wet)descent. Two false summits both tricked me. Clouds billowed up w/in 15 minutes of reaching summit, first thunder 5 minutes later. Left in a hurry, but hail w/ lightning moved in before we could reach the saddle. Does that make it a class 3?!
Great views of Ellingwood Ridge after gaining the NW Ridge!
Climb via standard route. Easy going, but rather steep. Good climb.
Arrived a bit late and started up at 7:40AM from trailhead at route 82. Bright sun and rather warm, reached the snow corniced summit at 11:40 with clouds building all around but bright sun on top. Only took 2.5 hours to descend as I was racing to beat an oncoming storm, back to the car at 2:38 as it started to rain. My 27th 14'er and first of '07..........Sweet!
Started on the SW ridge route as described by Roach. After splashing through the muddy willows, turned NW and up talus to the East Ridge of Sayres Benchmark. Sigh - some days you don't have the juice, and this was one of them; every step felt slow. Summited Sayres and then headed down the East Ridge, which was pretty time-consuming. Mostly class 3, with moments of class 4-5 that were avoidable by climbing down off the crest. The rock is mostly solid, with the East side of several towers being a bit crumbly. Then up La Plata and when I was apparently one false summit hump from the top. Oh well, no mountain is worth getting me - and my puppy! - zapped to death, so I turned around. The brighter side: Brangwen (my puppy) had already been to the top with my buddy Ian, who hadn't done Sayres, so Brangwen has now climbed her first 14er. I am a proud puppy-papa.
Another repeat on the season, another brand new route though:-) (standard this time). Camped at the trailhead (w/o my sleeping pad- oops) w/o much sleep, still had a superb summit the following day!
This one was cool.
Beautiful day. Unfortunately the new snow was too unstable to ski the north slopes, but it was a blast to be up there solo this time of year.
climbed la plata with a group of six from 14ers.com. it ended up being a real adventure on a wonderful winter day! 13 hours and 55 min long....these folks are troopers.
Same as Chicago' post below.
All six of us made the summit, but it was a long day. 13 hours 40 minutes. The weather was actually reasonable. A bit of wind at times, light snow at times, but mostly good and with some periods of sunshine. After sunset it was completely clear with a star filled sky. We returned about 3 hours after dark so got to see the stars.