La Plata Peak, seen from South Elbert, 12-28-10.
La Plata is Colorado's fifth tallest fourteener and home to one of the classic ridges in the state. The Ellingwood Ridge. This line provides two miles worth of Class 3- Class 5.4 at near 13,000ft.
La Plata Peak is located 14.5 miles West of the junction of CO 24 and CO 82. A few miles before Independence Pass.
Weather station 8.5 miles from here
3 Total Climbing Routes
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Classic Climbing Routes in La Plata
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for La Plata:
Featured Route For La Plata
Northwest Ridge with North Face Ski Descent CO
: Alpine Rock
: La Plata
Begin at the Lake Creek Trailhead. Cross a bridge and continue for 0.3 miles on the South Fork Lake Road until past private property, and find trail signage. Follow trail/skin tracks 200 meters until you find a bridge that crosses a gorge of the South Fork of Lake Creek. Follow trail/skin tracks east until you cross La Plata Gulch Creek (go up and higher if crossing is difficult). Follow creek until out of the trees, and pick your ascent up the North Ridge. Follow the North Ridge up to the top o...[more] Browse More Classics in CO
Lackawanna seen at last light from La Plata Peak.
By Edward Corder II
Aug 8, 2003
Has anyone heard of , or climbed any ice on La Platas north face? A few years ago I climbed some WI2-3/ M-4 ice and rock up the nothface of La Plata. This was an excellent undiscoverd alpine route. I also saw other potentioal ice climbs in the surrounding area.
By jeffrey heddings
Feb 18, 2008
Wonderful, long, my only grade 3 hike. The view from half way made it worth it. Finding the start was faint, we continued on faith and started up. Going on up the hill, we found many downed trees and no straight trail, even on the barely exposed rock it was 2 am. Once out of the trees, the start Big talus field, huge. Once at the top, you will see the whole ridge and summit. The sun was up on us by then. We made it 3rd class, no gear, on 08-04-07, 13 hours all sun!