Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  kylerhuss
 Date of Info:  05/23/2012
 Date Posted:  05/27/2012

Trail is clear of snow and very well maintained up to around 12,500ft, at which point you encounter a snowfield that you can rock hop around or hike up. I would have liked to have had an axe with me for peace of mind when I hiked up the snow field, but the odds of needing it, or any other gear, are very small. I've attached a photo of the snow field going from around 12,500ft-13,300ft. The snowfield makes for a very fast and fun descent once the sun has had some time to soften it up.

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