La Plata Peak (14,336 feet)
Another weekend adventure drew us to La Plata peak - a 14er with a trailhead just off of Independence Pass (between Leadville and Aspen) and a summit with a great view. Weather started to close in on us as we reached the top, and rain on our descent reduced the total number of photos we both got, but it was a good (and hard) hike.
Star Mountain, and morning clouds The La Plata ridgeline Seyres Peak, at the end of the valley Lisa looks up the gulley we're about to climb A marmot hangs out on a nearby rock Unnamed 13ers on the left, Casco Peak (13,908 ft), and French Mountain on the far right in the distance On top of the ridge, looking at the next ridge over (Ellingwood Ridge) and Mt. Elbert in the distance Lisa, climbing through the talus on a climbers trail An interesting cairn, with Mt. Elbert in the distance Lisa, hiking through talus - the summit visible in the distance Mt. Elbert (14,433 ft) visible in the distance (on the right) The view to the west Red Mountain - named for obvious reasons The summit Brian and Lisa on the summit Lisa post-holes as she descends the snow field Brian descends the snow field Another marmot decides to check us out Storm clouds begin to build above La Plata Gulch The creek beside the trail STEPS! Lisa More steps! Lisa overlooks the small chasm with rushing water The bridge over the chasm Brian Powerful rushing water through the rocks An old miners cabin Lisa munches on a Clif bar La Plata in the distance