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 Peak(s):  La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
 Post Date:  10/21/2011 Modified: 10/22/2011
 Date Climbed:   10/21/2011
 Posted By:  CO Native
 Additional Members:   freeze

 Birthday on the summit         

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Today was my brothers birthday so he wanted to celebrate with a 14er. We chose the southwest ridge of La Plata. We'd both done the mountain but never from this route. I think this is one of the most scenic 14er routes I've ever been on. Absolutely gorgeous.





I should also add that the beavers in the valley have been very active so you may find yourself needing to clear the road to get through. They're also working to flood the Missouri Gulch trailhead and are close to succeeding.

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Beaver cut trees



My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):




Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):
 


  • Comments or Questions
BostonBD


Good Stuff     2011-10-21 20:39:30
Very Cool trip report and photos Josh! A summit is a great gift for your brother. Happy Birthday Jason


Jay521



B/days..     2011-10-21 20:48:06
..are the BEST on a mountain! Nice report!


mike_kadow


Beautiful Shots!     2011-10-21 21:44:00
& Happy B-day Jason!
Was up there this summer and know the views are amazing. Looks like you're pretty good with the camera. Do you have any more pix?


EZSide


Nice and Thanks     2011-10-22 07:32:40
Hope to get on La Plata someday ... Also hoping to help my brother with a wish to be on a mountain before his (60th) birthday. Being from WI we would love the beaver activity (as long as its not one of our trails they are flooding!) Greatly enjoyed your TR with my morning cup of coffee.


CO Native


Bring me Kringle     2011-10-22 10:04:38
Bring me some Kringle and I'll help get your brother to the top of a 14er!



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