La Plata Peak Trailhead


Range: Sawatch Range
Coordinates: 39.06788, -106.50515
14ers: La Plata Peak
Elevation: 10,000'
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Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.

Driving Directions

From U.S. 24 south of Leadville, take Colorado 82 west towards Twin Lakes. Drive 14.5 miles on Colorado 82 until you see the marked trailhead and parking area on the left.

Winter Access

Usually open year-round.

More Info

Parking: Some campgrounds along the Indy Pass road, including the Twin Peaks Campground.
Camping: A few places to pitch a tent near the parking.
Restrooms? No
Fees? No
Trailhead added by BillMiddlebrook
Status Updates 
Posted By: aldsw
Info: Do NOT camp in the forest on the left side of the parking lot at the trailhead / road to La Plata. There are a couple spots in there that look great for a tent for the night and there are no signs saying that is part of the private property but we returned from our hike to find our tent flipped over and an angry man yelling at us that it was private property and we had trespassed. We apologized profusely but he yelled at us for more than 5 minutes and said he would have completely destroyed our gear if we hadn’t come back when we did.

We are lucky to have access through the private property so we felt terrible we camped where we did. I’m hoping this note helps others avoid the same mistake.
Posted By: MtSherman2015
Info: Plenty of room for at least a dozen cars, TH parking was nearly full at 6am.
Posted By: conorpowderhunter
Info: Parking full by 5am on Sunday. If you late park along street.
Posted By: BillShatner
Info: As always, ignore Google maps. The closure comes after the TH. Roads are dry.
Posted By: JasonCrane
Info: Colorado 82 is plowed to TH, as well as, the parking area. There’s enough room for about 10-15 vehicles. 2WD should be okay on CO82 with careful driving as there’s a thin layer of snow in the shadowy sections, along with patches of ice.
Posted By: JasonCrane
Info: Colorado 82 from Twin Lakes to TH is completely dry, as well as the parking area.
Posted By: kalestew
Info: Totally plowed, 2WD can make it
Posted By: supranihilest
Info: Plowed to the trailhead.
Posted By: hogantheepic
Info: This trailhead is completely open. It’s on the side of a paved road so any car could make it to the trailhead. No snow anywhere near the road.
Posted By: adhend
Info: Easy access. Road clear all the way. Just a little packed powder in places but mostly clean. Any vehicle can get there.
Posted By: ccampini
Info: Google maps says the road is closed oct-May, but the road closes immediately after the trailhead. You are able to drive to trailhead. We used spikes the whole way up, snowshoes the whole way down. Tons of snow still in most places. Patches without once you get on the ridge line.
Posted By: JasonCrane
Info: Colorado 82 is plowed, but the road is glazed with snow & several patches of ice. La Plata parking area has not been plowed. There’s a 1-2 ft. layer of snow parallel to the road (caused by the street plow). AWD SUV was no problem today. Another hiker with a Sedan was shoveling a path.
Posted By: Paula
Info: Road and trailhead are plowed. There is a trench as far as the bridge, presumably for a while beyond, but that’s as far as we walked.
Posted By: merrion13
Info: Completely snow-free, even after the recent snow. Any car can get there.
Posted By: drchele
Info: Some fresh snow covering the parking lot, a few inches. Trailhead located right off 82 (open to the La Plata TH). Navigable in 2WD passenger car.
Posted By: kayleenann8
Info: In summer condition still. Watch out for the people sitting in the middle of the road to get pictures with the aspen.
Posted By: sky_high
Info: Independence pass is open for business. Nothing to add to the last post regarding the trailhead as it is right off the highway and clear to all comers; parking will be sparse after 6 am. I’ll just mention, beyond the trailhead if you are looking to camp it is getting crowded and getting far along the road takes a vehicle with decent clearance and some careful driving. Nothing requiring lots of torque, but plenty of holes, dips, and twists.
Posted By: Joan
Info: Arrived at 7 a.m. on a Sunday in July and found the La Plata Gulch Trailhead parking lot to be full (holds around a dozen cars), but there was space on the first 20 feet of 82C (the private dirt road) still open (when I returned in the afternoon I saw that late-comers had availed themselves of that space). There was also room on the shoulder of 82 immediately before and after the parking lot that latecomers used. NOT BAD for a Sawatch TH given how late I arrived! Plus, 82 is paved, so unlike other 14er approaches, my 2WD purred contentedly with getting my carcass to the TH!!
Posted By: BillMiddlebrook
Info: Open. Dry.
Posted By: cdecker
Info: Although CO-82 was technically closed it had only minimal snow at 6AM. By the time we drove out in the afternoon it was just wet. The TH parking was mostly snow free by afternoon.
Posted By: Solo
Info: Drove rented ford SUV to within a half mile of TH. After walking it it turns out I could have EASILY gone all the way. I’m sure a subaroo could make it... with an occasional bump.
Posted By: kingshimmers
Info: Trailhead parking is open, and the dirt road from the parking to the start of the trail is dry.
Posted By: freeinthehills
Info: Lots of snow. Activity has resulted in a firm path to about 10.8. I broke off this and skinned the rest of the way to the N. Ridge. Minimal dirt exposure.
Posted By: JQDivide
Info: The road is clear to Twin Lakes. Patchy ice on the road from Twin Lakes to TH. Drive careful. Expect a little longer drive.
Posted By: Eagle Eye
Info: (despite Independence Pass being closed) Colorado 82 was in great shape from the US 24/CO 82 junction to the TH. I saw and heard plows on it this day. There is only a small pull-off area currently plowed clear at the TH, with room for probably 4 maybe 5 cars.
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