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 Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  ColoradoSherpa
 Date of Information:  04/05/2011
 Date Posted:  04/09/2011
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Hiked La Plata Peak on 4/5/2011. We ended up missing the winter route turnoff and inadvertently followed the summer route up the west side of Wilderness Boundary Gulch. We realized our mistake, but decided to continue on until we reached the area where the summer route crosses the gulch. Knowing that the summer route held avy danger, we wanted to exit the gulch before we reached the avy shoots, so once the gulch opened up, we followed a north easterly direction until we reached the same opening where the winter route (proper) breaks out of tree line. Snow below tree line was fairly deep, but manageable with snowshoes. Above tree line it was extremely windy which made the windward side of the ridge hikeable without snowshoes.


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