La Plata Peak North Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Lakes, Colorado that offers scenic views and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and backpacking and is best used from June until August.
Directions from Leadville: From Leadville, travel south on US Highway 24. Travel west on Highway 82, it's fourteen miles to the turn off marked South Fork Lake Creek. Parking is provided on the south side of highway 82 at this junction. FDR 391 crosses private land for 1.6 miles and parking is not allowed anywhere along this stretch. Walk approximately 1/3 mile on the road to the signed beginning of the La Plata Gulch Trail.
I reached La Plata's peak on November 6, 2016. This is a very difficult 14er with great views. But make no mistake, the last several hours (it took almost 8 hours up and six hours back) are CLIMBING, not hiking. There was also about a foot of snow at the higher elevations.
this was my first 14er. hard, but worth it.
The Best! This is an absolutely top notch 14er. I've done a couple dozen 14ers since moving to Colorado and La Plata is one of the few that I would happily do over and over again.
Solid gain, well kept trail and spectacular views.
Tips: make sure to follow the trail closely for the first bit. A couple of people have mentioned they took a wrong turn off the main trail shortly after the trailhead.
Beautiful place hard hike
Start early, you're in for a LONG day. One of the toughest 14ers I have done. Gorgeous view from the top
Not an easy winter 14er but well worth it! Started early and saw only one other group the whole way up.
Hard hike to the top ,but I made it. My last 14er. Aug.2005