La Plata
  • Duration 1 Day
  • Hiking

Located just under an hour from downtown Aspen, lies La Plata, the 5th tallest 14er at 14,336 ft

The most common route is the Northwest Ridge, which starts just outside of Twin Lakes. This route has a total elevation gain of 4,500 feet and is 9.25 miles roundtrip. This trail starts in the scenic alpine forest and eventually transitions to a rocky boulder field and ridge with 360 views of the Central Rockies. Typically done in 8-10 hours round trip, this is a great challenge with some steep, rocky sections. Start times will vary based on the weather forecast but plan on hiking around 6am.

If you’re feeling adventurous and want an additional challenge, the classic Ellingwood Ridge is a great option with a total elevation gain of 5,900’ and 9.5 miles roundtrip. This is a much less traveled route with a large boulder field, rocky ledges, and some technical ridge climbing. Please contact the office directly if this option appeals to you!

Trip Details


1 Day


Some hiking experience necessary

Maximum Guide Ratio



  • AMGA and AE trained/certified guide 
  • Trekking poles and backpack

Not Included

  • Lunch/snack food & water
  • Guide gratuity

Trip Itinerary

Your guide will contact you the day before at the phone number you give us to discuss an appropriate plan for you and to confirm a meeting place and start time. You will go over necessary gear to pack and meal planning.

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