La Plata Peak  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-31, By: chrislwillers
Info: Beautiful hike today. Only really wanted to make mention that the valley is pretty darn muddy with all the rain lately. Tried to rock hop the best we could. Coming out of the valley, the trail was basically a creekv for a bit. Up and down in 6 hours for two average hikers moving fast (for us). 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-18, By: jasowel
Info: Trailhead parking was full by 5 a.m.! Make sure you don't miss the bridge crossing at the start. Can be tough to spot in the dark. Smooth sailing up to the ridge at 12,800. From there, as others have said, the trail is very threaded. It is hard to get off route as all the threaded trails are clearly going to the same place. But choosing the best option between cairns can be tough. In many sections there are stable rock steps if you look for them but you will no doubt end up on steep, unstable scree at points. La Plata got a decent amount of rain the day before which helped make footing more stable on the steep gravel, especially on the decent. 
Route: Ellingwood Ridge
Posted On: 2022-07-12, By: zsapinsley
Info: Route is completely free of snow. Do plenty of research, download a GPX file from an existing trip report, and plan for a long day with as much mental challenge as physical. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-28, By: dean20170
Info: Beautiful trail. Some water/mud in the valley around 12K' as others have mentioned, but easily avoidable "without" getting off trail...just step on the rocks. The final 250 yds up the 4WD trail is now blocked off and marked "administrative vehicles only," so plan to walk that part. Despite the "very low" or 0% chance of precip forecasted for today, I got grappled on and sprinkled on a little, and there were lots of clouds and rain bands on the surrounding peaks; I heard some thunder in the distance as early as 10:30am. Of the 24 I've climbed, today was the only day where there was not one single person doing the same route as I ! I.e., except for the people on top who came up the standard route, I saw ZERO people today in 8.5 miles! 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-27, By: seanhouseworth
Info: Road and route in good summer conditions, little mud through willows. Great route to get in a peak if you have a short weather window. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-26, By: mvandergrift
Info: Early summer conditions. There was no snow that couldn't be avoided. The recent rains left the loose dirt on the trails pleasantly damp and slightly more supportive. I agree with the previous review, between 12,400 to 13,300 there is an excellent official trail made of stone stairs. But it's hard to see on the descent because so many people have avoided it and created these sketchy-looking dirt paths. Look left of the mess of slippery-looking dirt trails and you'll see it. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-26, By: mc24337
Info: Summer conditions. Only a single stretch of snow (perhaps 30-40 ft across, but posing no danger whatsoever) right before the summit. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-21, By: AnnaG22
Info: 12,400 to 13,300 the trail is very threaded. it seems like people have been overlooking the very well built official trail with its nice rock walls, stone steps, and stable switchbacks and instead going for the loose sketchy dirt social trails. go figure. upper section of the ridge still has a snowfield covering large sections of the trail, but was pretty reasonable to boulder hop while sticking close to the cairns. 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-22, By: srtaylor1317
Info: Great day! Trail is in summer conditions. 1 or 2 patches of snow on mostly level ground with well-trodden tracks. You could avoid them if you really wanted to. The muddy sections in the valley have plenty of rocks for navigating without issue. 
Route: North Face
Posted On: 2022-06-18, By: slawrence2011
Info: Barely in for skiing. Main col. looks to require a 500 foot or so downclimb from the summit, so I went to the far skiers right col, easy 200 foot downclimb, great ski, but as it gets flat in the basin, have to do a long hike and traverse back out. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-17, By: Roxandnate
Info: Full-on summer conditions. Only 2 appox. 20' spans of snow to cross. Trail mostly dry. 
Route: Ellingwood Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: stickmann
Info: Northwest Ridge is almost full summer conditions. Only a few small snow sections down lower that cover the trail and then avoidable snow up high. I am posting this on the Ellingwood Ridge route because it looked completely dry on my way up the NW ridge. The west side is dry. However, the east side is still holding some snow, especially up high and most likely in a few of the paths needed to drop off the ridge and regain it safely. The third photo shows Ellingwood Ridge from South Elbert where you can see the snow. 
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Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-12, By: dr_j
Info: The trail is in near-summer conditions. The meadow at 12000' is pretty muddy, and there is a short snowfield to cross just below the false summit. Summit is snow-free. Wildflowers are starting to come out in the meadow, although it appears to still be a bit brown overall. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-07, By: FORTHEHEALTHOFIT
Info: Almost summer conditions out there. We did have to cross a little bit of snow starting at around 12,000 FT (see pics), but overall it was an easy hike. Microspikes optional. There is still some good butt sliding to be had so get it while you can! 
Route: Southwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: rtm62
Info: Great conditions today. Very little snow remaining on the trail, no need for traction apparatus or ice ax. Summited early in the morning. Beautiful day 
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Route: North Face
Posted On: 2022-06-02, By: Christensenje
Info: The juice was worth the squeeze. Northwest ridge up. North Couloir ski. Walked up in old, worn out trail runners and ski poles. A few spots you could maybe use micro spikes if you lean towards having more security. Skid off summit. Couloir was in excellent coverage. Some avy debris from this recent shed cycle throughout. Back to hiking at 12,300. Bring a good attitude and maybe a change of socks. You'll need it for the posthole/bushwhack back out. Ellingwood looked mostly dry. I'd bring an ice axe and micro spikes for another week or two just in caseā€¦ and most importantly, look cool. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-06-05, By: joliver9321
Info: The hike itself still had a good amount of snow at the higher elevations that made trail finding difficult on the way up. At the peak the snow was packed well with limited post-holing up to 12 inches in areas. The USGS peak marker was not visible due to the snow, however on this day the skies were blue and sunny with very limited wind. Walking around was quite manageable and I expect the snow to melt in the next couple of weeks. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2022-05-31, By: strausnb
Info: Left the trailhead at 2:15am Summited at 6:45am Back to Car at 8:45am Apple Watch counted 11.5 miles Starting in darkness combined with patches of snow starting at the gully made route finding rather difficult. There is still downed trees on the trail; nothing impassable just a couple to go over and 1 to go underneath. The gully is full of snow covering the switchbacks so many used the makeshift trail on the left side of the gully. With an early start I'd highly suggest micro spikes at least for the next couple of days until the snow softens up. The summit is still full of snow. The wind on the summit was terrible with a 10 degree windchill. 
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Route: North Face
Posted On: 2022-05-30, By: hikingboibus
Info: Planned on skiing North face but not much snow. Hiked skis on NW ridge route to 13,000, got turned around by weather. Skiied off ridge into N bowl, got about 7 turns in. Juice not worth the squeeze. Looked like N face could still be possible from summit, but not for much longer. Snow quality was great corn skiing when we dropped around 9:30am. Edit: Here's ellingwood, looked totally dry 
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Route: North Face
Posted On: 2022-05-17, By: jmanner
Info: Skied La Plata's North Face today, its currently in from the summit, but the line is getting lean a couple hundred feet down the first couloir. We hiked to the summit in shoes, but skins were nice for getting back around to the summer trailhead. Looks a lot like July out there. 
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