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 Peak(s):  La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
 Post Date:  08/03/2006
 Date Climbed:   07/29/2006
 Posted By:  elliojos

 Ellingwood Ridge   

I hiked the long class 3 Ellingwood Ridge on Saturday while 5 of my friends hiked up the standard route. I left the La Plata Trailhead a little after 3:00 am and arrived on the summit a little before 9:00, making for a 5.5 hour ascent. This ridge was fantastic! Either I was in better shape than I thought, or it‘s not as strenuous as the book claims. The initial part of the trail, once you turn off the main trail, is difficult to follow in the dark. I just used the drainages as a guide to where I was on the topo map I had commited to memory, and everything worked out fine. I gained the Ellingwood Ridge right at sunrise, probably around 5:30, and it was one of the most spectacular I‘ve seen. I spent the next 3 hours + climbing up and down (losing the ridge and regaining it) on my way to the summit. The general trend of the ridge is quite flat until you near the summit. The best part about this route is that you can make it as difficult as you desire, simply by staying close to the ridge crest. I spent a bit of time playing around near the crest, making things more technical than the class 3 description, but it would be easy to keep the entire route at class 3. Route finding was fun, but not too difficult. I‘ve posted some pictures at:

http://joshski.blogspot.com/2006/07/la-plata-peak.html

I highly recommend this classic route!

 


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