Peak(s):  La Plata Peak  -  14,336 feet
Date Posted:  12/29/2010
Date Climbed:   12/25/2010
Author:  ulvetano

 Some mis-direction lands us atop a beautiful 13'er (NEXT to LP)  

Figured I would post this TR just for a little extra beta for those heading up. The GF and I headed to the La Plata TH off of 82 on Christmas Eve morning, arriving at 11am, and departing shortly thereafter with BSP, AT gear, etc. My map's scale was very small and thus not a lot of detail, so we just started out. After being overly eager and hiking a mile up a nice skin track, I realized we missed the left turn at 1/4 mile. With that, we just decided to stick to our newfound route and where it took us.
Image ImageWe hiked up about 2.5 mi and then crossed the creek and headed up a gully towards the ridgeline in view to the southeast. Lots of whoomphing thru the trees and some pretty exposed treeline slopes made us move cautiously, but we found a safe place to camp at around 11,300.
Xmas day departed at 8am and slogged up a NW facing ridge until we summitted around Noon. Image

After relaxing at the summit, and realizing that La Plata was directly across the valley to the East of us, we just enjoyed our nice 13'er, then hiked/skied down some amazing terrain and headed out. Lucky bluebird weekend for sure! Oh, and he's a shot of LP from our summit. Image

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 Comments or Questions

Sayres BM
12/29/2010 16:34
From the angle of your summit photo of LP, looks like you both took the north ridge to Sayres Benchmark: That ”really aesthetic mountain at the end of the upper meadow”. Nice to know it is a solid winter option for future reference.


12/29/2010 21:07
Actually from that angle they looked to have gone up unnamed PT13430 putting Sayres out of view to the right of the photo.


Beautiful ..
12/29/2010 23:13
What nice weather you had! And, I'm all over the consuming of the ”motivational morning beer” ... hmmm ... what would be that tasty delight that your GF is partaking of? Tried zooming up (as I pride myself on being able to correctly guess), but couldn't make it out. 8) Hoppy trails!


what peak was it?
12/29/2010 23:32
Guys - thanks for the advice on what peak it might have been. I've been eager to figure it out. After looking at pics of Sayres North face, I don't think we were on it, but perhaps on the 'bench' further east - and PT 13340. the ridge that we were on connected with the Northwest ridge, main route of LP. But we were not on the first/lower peak, but further South and higher up. heck - I don't know!

Presto - that, my friend, was a Sam Adams Celebration Ale.


06/26/2011 20:59
I love that B&W picture with the trees scattered, beautiful!


What peak? This peak!
01/30/2012 16:17
From looking at Google Earth it looks like you reached the un-labeled 13440' summit directly north of PT13430. Here's a link for a map

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