Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Southwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  bigredmachine
 Date of Info:  11/03/2012
 Date Posted:  11/04/2012

This route is basically snow/ice free all the way to the summit. Their were a couple of small patches(no more than 10 ft) in the trees that had a little packed snow/ice and along the summit ridge their were a couple of patches of snow that were easily avoidable. The marshy meadow was frozen on the way up and muddy on the way down, with careful navigation I was able to keep my feet clean and dry. Absolutly no need for gaiters, spikes etc.

FYI...there is a tree that has fallen in front of the road about 200 yards from the trailhead. I don't care if you have a monster truck your not getting past it.

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