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 Peak(s):  La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
 Post Date:  08/12/2010
 Date Climbed:   08/11/2010
 Posted By:  eastend711

 La Plata - Standard Route   

So we left Denver at 4:45am, and started on the trail at 7:45 (factoring in a breakfast stop off of 70.

Things start off pretty tame when in the woods, and get steeper as you hike out of the forest and out of the gulch, but still not too bad. Closer to the top there is rock hopping which I don't mind...I'd rather have that than loose gravel. Overall, it was an enjoyable trip that took a total of six hours, including 30-40 minutes at the summit. In the small stone wall type ring of rock at the summit we looked for the register, but didn't see one.

This was my fourth 14er (Grays/Torreys, and Quandary before), and it was a bit easier than I thought it would be. It's ranked high up on the list here on 14ers.com, and it wasn't that bad, so I would recommend not relying on the rankings of the 14ers like I was in my head. The 14ers grouped by difficulty is a much more useful assessment. Still, this was a very doable 14er for anyone I think, and definitely a confidence booster.



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