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La Plata Peak - 14,344 Feet

"La Plata" is Spanish for "The Silver" because of the many silver deposits in the area and nearby ghost towns were prominent mining towns back in the early 1900s. If you drive Colorado 82 over Independence Pass, between Leadville and Aspen, stop at the pass and look south to see La Plata Peak. It's an incredible view of a rugged Colorado 14er.

To climb La Plata Peak, the trailhead is just off the side of the paved Colorado 82 highway. But this easy access doesn't mean La Plata gives up it's summit easily. At 9.25 miles round-trip, the standard, Northwest Ridge route is relatively short, except that in the 4.5+ mile climb to the summit, you need to gain 4,500 feet of elevation.
  360° Panorama from the summit of La Plata Peak.
360 Pano

On La Plata's northwest ridge.
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La Plata from 13er Bull Hill.
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La Plata Peak seen from the northwest.
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On La Plata's NW Ridge, looking toward the summit.
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Taken during a hike on La Plata Peak.
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La Plata seen from Independence Pass (Colorado 82).
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Taken during a hike on La Plata.
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La Plata Peak seen from Mt. Massive.
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La Plata Peak seen from Huron Peak.
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La Plata Peak seen from Mt. Sherman (with a high zoom).
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Taken during a hike on La Plata.
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