|Peak:||La Plata Peak (14er)|
|Date of Information:||06/15/2013|
Hiked from the West Winfield trailhead. The trail is clear of snow until the upper Southwest ridge. Be prepared for several inches of mushy mud on much of the trail through the willows. As you near 14,000‘, there is a good bit of lingering snow on the ridge. Much of it is avoidable, but there was no postholing when walking straight across. Saw several people in shorts and trail runners that made the summit with no issue. Traction, gaitors, etc definitely not needed.
Photo 1: A look at the steep slope leading to the Southwest Ridge
Photo 2: The remaining route shortly after gaining the Ridge
Photo 3: The remaining snow on the last stretch of the route
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