La Plata Peak
elev: 14,336 ft
5th tallest fourteener
|La Plata Peak||
"Silver" peak in Spanish, after silver deposits were discovered in early 20th century.
Hiking: (Highway I-82) 4.75 miles, 4,500 ft gain starts from the north side, along
and follows the northern ridge which divides La Plata basin from La Plata Gulch.
Independence Highway I-82
starts in Winfield, to the south of the peak and leads through a marshy basin and up a headwall.
A hike of 4hours uphill by many... but pretty views along the way so that it took me 9hours and still i didn't reach the top at 6pm.
(In addition to stopping often to catch my breath.) And walking down a mountain without a trail - not a good idea. Merging in the dark with a trail in the woods
- not a good idea. 15 hour hiking day, last 6hours without water, lost bushwacking through river-bushes in the dark for 1.5 hours -- can't wait to go back, really
- next time I will make other mistakes, not same ones.