Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  mrschaible
 Date of Info:  01/15/2011
 Date Posted:  01/16/2011

Attempted La Plata yesterday. The weather was beautiful, but the snow was really deep. The trail starts off nice and packed but after about 1.5 miles, the trail stopped. Obviously, people turned around at this point. Tried following several peoples trails and none of them went any farther. We pressed on and made our own trail. Two of us (both in excellent condition) pushed waste deep snow with snow shoes for 5 hours and only made it to 11,500' (about 2.8 miles). If you are going to try it. Stay down next to the creek and out of the woods or side hill slopes (we tried both). That snow seemed to be partially packed and not as much PH. The woods and valley sides were horrendous. Do not recommend until the snow gets more packed. Right now it is really fine (like face powder) and it makes it slippery and very difficult to travel on.

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