La Plata Peak
Photo by Terrill Thompson
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1873|
|First successful climber(s):||The Hayden Survey|
|Nearest major airport:||Denver, Colorado|
|Convenient Center:||Leadville, Colorado|
La Plata Peak is a spectacular summit, the fifth highest in Colorado. It is located six miles south of Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest. Its most arresting feature is its rugged north face and northeast ridge, named the Ellingwood Ridge after Albert Ellingwood, a great pioneer of Rocky Mountain technical climbing in the 1920's and 1930's. Ellingwood was the first person to tackle the ridge, which is long and narrow and is comprised of pinnacles, cuts and sheer rock faces. The ridge presents a serious climbing challenge, and no successful winter ascent was made on the ridge until 1974.