La Plata Peak

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La Plata Peak
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Elevation 14,368 ft (4,379 m)[1][2]
Prominence 1,861 ft (567 m)[2]
Isolation 6.28 mi (10.11 km)[2]
Listing Colorado Fourteener
Colorado 4000 meter summits
Location
La Plata Peak is located in Colorado
La Plata Peak
La Plata Peak
Colorado
Location Chaffee County, Colorado, U.S.[3]
Range Sawatch Range,
Collegiate Peaks[2]
Coordinates 39°01′46″N 106°28′22″W / 39.0293524°N 106.4729047°W / 39.0293524; -106.4729047Coordinates: 39°01′46″N 106°28′22″W / 39.0293524°N 106.4729047°W / 39.0293524; -106.4729047[3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Elbert, Colorado[3]
Climbing
First ascent July 26, 1873 Hayden Survey
Easiest route Northwest Ridge or Southwest Ridge: Hike (class 2)


La Plata Peak is the fourth highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. The 14,368-foot (4,379 m) fourteener is located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 22.7 miles (36.5 km) northwest by west (bearing 308°) of the Town of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States.[1][2][3]

The peak's name means "the silver" in Spanish. This comes from the many silver deposits in the area. The nearby ghost towns of Winfield and Hamilton were prominent silver mining towns in the early part of the 20th Century. A Hayden Survey team first climbed the peak on July 26, 1873.[4]

Climbing Routes[edit]

There are two commonly used routes to climb the mountain. One route begins near Winfield, to the south of the peak, and climbs north into a large marshy basin at 12,000 feet (3,700 m). From here the trail becomes steeper as it scales a headwall to 13,000 feet (4,000 m). From the top of the headwall it is a short rock scramble to the summit. The other route approaches the summit from the north. The trail starts from Highway 82 and follows the northern ridge that divides the La Plata basin from La Plata Gulch. Another much more challenging route is the northeast arm of the peak known as Ellingwood Ridge a very tough Class 4 climb with 6,000 feet of elevation gain.

Hikers near La Plata Peak summit

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b The elevation of La Plata Peak includes an adjustment of +1.983 m (+6.51 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. ^ a b c d e "La Plata Peak, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c d "La Plata Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved October 20, 2014. 
  4. ^ "La Plata Peak". SummitPost.org. http://www.summitpost.org/page/150371. Retrieved 2008-11-30.

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