Basic Information

  • Name: La Plata Peak
  • Range: Sawatch
  • Where: Leadville, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 14,336 feet
  • Distance:  9.35 miles round-trip
  • Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet
  • Time: 6-8 hours round-trip
  • Difficulty: Easy - ModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 14ers.com

Route Up La Plata Peak

Picture from La Plata Peak, Colorado

Topographic Map of La Plata Peak Picture from La Plata Peak, Colorado

Elevation Map of La Plata Peak

Picture from La Plata Peak, Colorado

Narrative

During my hike up to the summit of the 14,433 foot Mt. Elbert via its Southeast Ridge I had some great views of the fellow 14er La Plata Peak which rises adjacent to Mt. Elbert.  La Plata is 14,336 feet in elevation which makes it the fifth highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains.  However, visually La Plata just looks so much more impressive than many other peaks in the Sawatch Range, especially because of its famed Ellingwood Ridge:

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Basic Information

Picture from Denver Science & Nature Museum

Narrative

My family really loves stopping by the Denver Museum of Nature & Science which has become one of our most visited places in Colorado despite us living an hour and half away in Colorado Springs.  The museum is easily accessed off of I-25 at Colorado Boulevard and by following the road to the large City Park where the museum is located next to the Denver Zoo:

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Basic Information

  • Name: Pikes Peak
  • Where: Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 14,410 feet
  • Distance:  11 miles one-way
  • Elevation Gain: 7,500 feet
  • Time: 5-8 hours one-way
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 14ers.com

Route Up Pikes Peak

Topographic Map of Barr Trail

Barr Trail Map

Elevation Map of Barr Trail

Pikes Peak Elevation Map

Narrative

This week some of my co-workers and I did our annual team building activity which is our hike up Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak.  This would be my third year straight hiking up to the summit of “America’s Mountain”:

We met at the trailhead at 4:30 AM in Manitou Springs with the plan to begin hiking up the mountain at 5:00 AM.  To our surprise the Barr Trail parking lot even at 4:30 in the morning was near full and about half of our group of 18 had to find parking below along Ruxton Avenue where they charge much more for parking than the $5 charge at the trailhead to park.  So we ended up hiking up in two groups with one being the group that found parking at the trailhead and other who left a few minutes later because they were still looking for parking.  As we hiked up the monotonous switchbacks at the start of Barr Trail at least we had a great view of the rising sun over the fog covering Colorado Springs down below:

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Basic Information

  • Name: Mt. Elbert
  • Where: Leadville, Colorado
  • Max Elevation: 14,433 feet
  • Distance:  11 miles round-trip
  • Elevation Gain: 5,300 feet
  • Time: 7-9 hours round-trip
  • Difficulty: EasyModerateHardDifficult
  • More Information: 14ers.com

Route Up Mt. Elbert

Mt. Elbert Route

Topographic Map of the Route

Mt Elbert Topo Map

Elevation Map of Mt. Elbert

Mt. Elbert Elevation Map

Narrative

Over the Independence Day weekend I thought it would be cool to climb the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains, the 14,433 foot Mt. Elbert.  Realizing that many other people probably were thinking the same thing I wanted to avoid the standard trail up the mountain that would be sure to be packed with hikers.  So after doing a little research I decided on hiking up Mt. Elbert via its Southeast ridge from the Black Cloud Trailhead off of Highway 82:

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On Walkabout On: Missouri Mountain via the Missouri Gulch Trailhead

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Basic Information Name: Missouri Mountain Where: Buena Vista, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,067 feet Distance:  3.5 miles from Mt. Belford Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet from Mt. Belford Time: 3-4 hours from Mt. Oxford Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult …

 

On Walkabout On: Mt. Oxford via the Mt. Belford Traverse

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Basic Information Name: Mount Oxford Where: Buena Vista, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,153 feet Distance: 1.5 miles (one-way from Mt. Belford) Elevation Gain:  5,600 feet (combined with Mt. Belford) Time: 1-2 hours (one-way) Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult …

 

On Walkabout On: Mt. Belford via the Missouri Gulch Trailhead

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Basic Information Name: Mount Belford Where: Buena Vista, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,197 feet Distance: 4 miles (one-way) Elevation Gain:  4,500 feet Time: 3-5 hours (one-way) Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up Mt. Belford …

 

On Walkabout From: Tabeguache Peak to Mt. Shavano

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Narrative After reaching the summit of the 14,155 foot Tabeguache Peak in Colorado’s Sawatch Range; I was able to complete the traverse back to the 14,229 foot Mt. Shavano in about an hour.   This put me at the summit of …

 

On Walkabout On: Tabeguache Peak, Colorado via Mt. Shavano

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Basic Information Name: Tabeguache Peak Where: Poncha Springs, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,155 feet Distance: 10.5 miles round-trip from Shavano Elevation Gain: 5,600 feet Time: 9-11 hours Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up Tabeguache …

 

On Walkabout On: Mt. Shavano, Colorado via the East Slopes

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Basic Information Name: Mount Shavano Where: Poncha Springs, Colorado Max Elevation: 14,229 feet Distance: 9.25 miles Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet Time: 9-11 hours Difficulty: Easy – Moderate – Hard – Difficult More Information: 14ers.com Route Up Mt. Shavano Topographic Map …