Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  DoubelDD
 Date of Info:  01/13/2012
 Date Posted:  01/16/2012

Road to trailhead cleared, parking lot cleared. Packed snow on trail into the basin. Micorspikes were helpful on the trail into the basin and almost essential on the ridge. I dropped the snowshoes after about 1/2 mile in. I wished I would have kept them as we glissaded down into the basing on the descent and there was waste deep snow in there. You could follow the standard trail and never need snowshoes. The traverse on the west slope of the NW Ridge looked like a nightmare with the snow on it so we avoided it by ascending the ridge earlier on the way up and descending the ridge (glissading) earlier on the way down. Those were kind of nightmarish also so I'm not sure it was the better option. Keeping snowshoes and glissading into the basin would probably be my choice in hindsight. The light blue trail is our route and dark blue is the standard route. and the tebowing on the summit did not help the Broncos win

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