La Plata Peak - Northwest Ridge
6 reviews San Isabel National Forest #2 hike out of 411 in
1 hrs 42 min
This is a difficult one way trail to La Plata Peak in San Isabel National Forest.
La Plata Peak (9/2/19, 06:59:57)
-first Colorado 14er -up after 5, driving away from Bobby’s at 545 -parking almost already full by 640 when I get to trailhead, which is past Twin Lakes on the road up to Independence Pass -start walking just after 7am -first section pretty flat, crossing stream a few times, through wooded area and aspens -starts uphill, first 1000 ft of climbing. Passing many groups who started ahead of me -flat section that is next to stream and in beautiful valley -then trail gets really steep, climbing lots of switchbacks. Over 1000 more v ft -ascend up onto the ridge, where path becomes a bit harder to follow, rock scrambling necessary -trail continues up on ridge, semi rock scrambling. Eventually get to the top -spend 90 minutes having a big lunch, CTC, trail mix, pb/honey tortillas. Beautiful panoramic views -people that I passed arrived up after me -2:35 from start to peak. 4.3k uphill -ran lots of sections on the downhill -had to go poop so bad, barely made it to the trailhead -Labor Day, so kinda busy
La Plata Peak
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Mt La Plata Peak North Trail Colorado
Day hike to summit and back. Beautiful weather, not thunderstorms around. Only encountered 3 other people on hike.