Peak:  La Plata Peak (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sawatch
 Posted By:  pklotzbach
 Date of Info:  07/03/2011
 Date Posted:  07/04/2011

Climbed La Plata Peak's NW Ridge Route. Only a couple of minor patches of snow on the ascent to the ridgeline. You can either walk through the well-bootpacked snow, or you can simply hike around the snow patches. Once on the ridgeline, some parts of the trail are covered in snow. The best option here is to stay on the rocks to the right of the snow (as the climber is ascending). A beautiful day on a great route! If you're into wildflowers, I suggest waiting about 7-10 days before climbing, as the flowers are just starting to come out, and in a few more days, they should be spectacular!

Also, I talked to some hikers on the summit who had taken the SW Ridge Route, and they said that there were only a couple of patches of snow on that route now too.

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