La Plata Peak Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"La Plata Peak lies in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness roughly 6 miles southeast of Independence Pass. Though La Plata has a reputation as a popular Class 2 peak during the summer, it boasts some excellent spring skiing on its northern flanks that can last late into the season. Like other north-facing lines in this book, we would recommend La Plata’s North Face as a late-spring ski descent, even as late as early July in a good snow year.
Prior to May this face will likely harbor avalanche danger, though it has been skied as early as March. One of the luxuries of La Plata’s North Face is that the trailhead can be reached year-round from a paved road, CO 82. This makes access a sure bet. In late spring (May through early July), skiers often use the standard summer trail as a guide, hiking (or skinning) from the parking lot up the Northwest Ridge route."