Ascent of La Plata Peak on 2016-08-10

Climber: Eric Kassan

Others in Party:Jose Witt
Harlan Stockman
Laurie Jones
Date:Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:4x4 Vehicle
Peak:La Plata Peak
    Elevation:14336 ft / 4369 m

Ascent Trip Report

The road to Winfield is annoying with numerous holes in the road, but otherwise not bad. After Winfield, it gets very rocky. If I didn't need an easy hiking day, I likely would have hiked the road. The trail wasn't bad, even gaining the ridge- it was steep and a bit loose there, but nothing we couldn't handle. Above the ridge, the trail splits in the boulder field into numerous routes, many of which were incomplete. Fortunately, the boulder field was quite manageable even without a trail, though that made it slower. I think the best trail appeared to be more toward the west side. Once atop the boulders, the trail was still sometimes difficult to follow, but it was easy walk up there to the summit.
Summary Total Data
    Elevation Gain:3456 ft / 1053 m
    Elevation Loss:3456 ft / 1053 m
    Distance:7.3 mi / 11.7 km
    Quality:3 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Unmaintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
Ascent Statistics
    Elevation Gain:3456 ft / 1053 m
    Distance:3.7 mi / 6 km
    Route:Southwest ridge
    Trailhead:South trailhead  10880 ft / 3316 m
    Time Up:3 Hours 30 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Elevation Loss:3456 ft / 1053 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Southwest ridge
    Trailhead:South trailhead  10880 ft / 3316 m
    Time Down:2 Hours 45 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by Eric Kassan
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