La Plata Peak North Trail

HARD 14 reviews

La Plata Peak North Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Twin Lakes, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until August.

DISTANCE
8.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4383 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

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.

hiking
2 days ago

Friend and I hit the trail just after 8am. Took about 2h30m to get up. Trail is almost completely dry besides a few very small snow patches that are easily crossable. Not much wind up top and it was a beautiful sunny day. Took about 2h to get back down to the bottom.

hiking
4 days ago

backpacking
8 days ago

Great first 14er for anyone interested in hiking/backpacking. Completed this in two days. The first day was a short hike to the base of the mountain to the designated campgrounds. Second day was the hike to the summit and back to the parking lot. GREAT CLIMB! Fun photo op with LA PLATA street signs at the summit.

15 days ago

Amazing views of the mountains and river. Mid-June weekend and ran into few hikers, which is NICE.

hiking
17 days ago

7 months ago

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.

8 months ago

this was my first 14er. hard, but worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
10 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful place hard hike

hiking
11 months ago

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Start early, you're in for a LONG day. One of the toughest 14ers I have done. Gorgeous view from the top

Saturday, April 02, 2016

Not an easy winter 14er but well worth it! Started early and saw only one other group the whole way up.

hiking
Thursday, March 05, 2015

Hard hike to the top ,but I made it. My last 14er. Aug.2005