LaPlata Peak via Southwest Ridge

Trip Date:Sep-30-2000
Trailhead Name:North Winfield 4WD
Trailhead Elevation:10,930 Feet
Elevation Gain:3,410 Feet
Route Name:Southwest Ridge
Round Trip Length:7.0 Miles
Trip Duration:6h 30m
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LaPlata Peak

Elevation:14,336 Feet LaPlata Peak
Rank:5th of 54
Range:Sawatch
La Plata Peak- 14,366 Feet Winfield Peak (Elev. 13,077 ft.) The trail took us up a nice valley.
La Plata Peak- 14,366 Feet Winfield Peak (Elev. 13,077 ft.) The trail took us up a nice valley.
We spotted some deer on a ridgeline. The rocky ridge we needed to ascend. Brian poses in the basin.
We spotted some deer on a ridgeline. The rocky ridge we needed to ascend. Brian poses in the basin.
Some of the rock towers along the ridges. Once we made the ridge, we thought this was the summit. Red Mountain in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
Some of the rock towers along the ridges. Once we made the ridge, we thought this was the summit. Red Mountain in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.
We encountered a false summit, which gave us a view of the real summit. The Ellingwood Ridge - a tough route up La Plata. Brian on number 22.
We encountered a false summit, which gave us a view of the real summit. The Ellingwood Ridge - a tough route up La Plata. Brian on number 22.
These guys took our summit picture. Mts. Oxford and Belford. Looking back at people still on the summit.
These guys took our summit picture. Mts. Oxford and Belford. Looking back at people still on the summit.