Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  WDavis
 Date of Info:  02/16/2012
 Date Posted:  02/17/2012

Went via the NW ridge yesterday. TR to follow soon. The trail terminates at treeline below the northern most head wall of the ridge. I chose the steep but short scree slope over traversing the side of the ridge. I feel it was way safer.

The crux of this route for me was coming down. On the upper half of the trail BELOW treeline is very steep. The snow was soft and there was nothing for my micro spikes to bite into. I took 4 or 5 hard falls that turned into an uncontrolled slides. There's a story for about this to follow in my TR. Basically my glove saved me from smashing into a tree. Crazy I know. When possible I walked down in the powder on either side of the trail to slow my movement down and keep me from sliding.

If you attempt this anytime soon be extra cautious coming down on the trail below timberline. Feel free to PM me with any questions.

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