La Plata Peak - Elevation 14,336 Feet
My Hike Of La Plata Peak, a Colorado 14er Near Twin Lakes, CO - July 24, 2008
La Plata Peak is in the bag! Today I climbed
the summit of La Plata Peak, the fifth highest mountain in Colorado
at 14,336 feet in elevation.
"La Plata" means silver in Spanish, and it was given
that name for the silver deposits throughout the area that once made the
ghost town of Winfield
bustling with mining activity.
La Plata Peak stands tall and proud in the Sawatch Range, particularly in the region of
Twin Lakes and
Independence Pass. While the trailhead of the standard route is located on Highway 82 in Lake County,
the summit is inside the Chaffee County border.
Enjoy the photos below. My summer was shortened and
I tried to cram as much hiking time in the
outdoors as possible!
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||On The La Plata Peak Summit
Myself standing on the summit.
Goofy picture, but I was happy. :)
||Ahhhhhh ... the views!
The southerly view of the Sawatch Range with Crystal Lake down below.
||Interestingly, clouds hovered just above the Taylor Park region.
It appeared much of Taylor Park Reservoir
was filled with fog!
The poor folks who most have been camping down there. ;)
You can see all my 14er, 13er and 12er climbs here:
Colorado 13ers and 12ers
||Just like last week on
Mt. Elbert, I zoomed-in as best
as I could on Snowmass Mountain. Look at all the snow still on that mountain! :p)
The Maroon Bells can be seen way out there to the left of Snowmass Mountain.
||Another photo of Highway 82 and the canyon leading to Independence Pass.
||Looking toward Twin Lakes.
||If you know your mountains, then you should be able to recognize
Mt. Elbert, Mt. Massive and Bull Hill (a 13er).
||Looking south again, I zoomed-in as best as I could toward
Mt. Princeton. This photo will make it on my Mt. Princeton website. :)
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