La Plata Peak

Elevation (feet): 14,336
Elevation (meters): 4,370
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Sawatch Range
State: Colorado
Latitude: 39.0294
Longitude: -106.473
Difficulty: Scramble
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.