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 Peak(s):  La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
 Post Date:  07/11/2011
 Date Climbed:   07/02/2011
 Posted By:  sanchomurphy1

 Return to the Sawatch Range - La Plata - Northwest   

5:20 am

I took off from the trailhead before sunrise. The trail is very nice so long as you find the two crossings in the early morning hours. After proceeding up along the creek, you reach some log steps which result in some very fast elevation gain into the upper basin. After some level hiking, I reached the west side of the ridge at 6:30 am. From here its a steady hike up switchbacks all the way up. This section dragged on until reaching the base of a snowfield below the saddle. I got a chance to use my new microspikes here which were awesome, but otherwise the snowfield is easily avoidable. After reaching the top of the ridge, the summit seemed within reach. Riding on top of the ridge, it was a very beautiful, steady hike up to a false summit. Thankfully, the actual summit is only 100-200 yds further.

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9:10 am

I arrived at the summit later than I would have liked but it was a solid hike up the ridge. Being among the first to reach the summit. I chilled out and had a snack. Fortunately, there are many great views of other 14ers including the close neighbors and the Maroon Bells.

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9:45 am

I left the summit and began booking it down the slope back to treeline even though the weather was beautiful. I was ready for sleep! As I sped back down, I saw a lot of people on their way up even with the mountain heating up under the morning sun. I also was lucky enough to see quite a few marmots and pika coming out enjoy themselves. After reaching the trees, the trail started burn up my feet and knees as I neared the trailhead. I was more than happy to be done with the killer stairs on the way back.

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1:20 pm

I arrived back at the trailhead exhausted but happy at the end of my first 14er of the season.



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  • Comments or Questions
14mountain


Great report     2011-07-11 20:45:38
Thanks for the trip report. I may climb La Plata in a week or so. Looks like most of the snow has melted off of the trail, which is good for me. Do you remember the last chance to filter water? Is there any water source above the switchbacks, before the ridge?


sanchomurphy1


*     2011-07-12 22:31:19
The trail follows the creek all the way up to the base of La Plata. The base of the switchbacks and the ridge is your last true opportunity. Fill up as the hike is longer than you might think. I brought 5 liters and burned it up a mile before the TH. Don't worry, the snow was a concern but is almost completely avoidable. All the best!



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