La Plata Gulch Trail (Fourteener)


La Plata Gulch Trail is 4.3 miles long with a 4,350 foot gain in elevation. At 14,336 feet, La Plata is the fifth highest peak in Colorado. It is located in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness.

The Collegiate Peaks Wilderness was established in 1980 to preserve its quality, character, and integrity. It is intended as a place where the imprint of humans is substantially unnoticed; where natural processes are the primary influences, and human activity is limited to primitive recreation and minimum tools. This will allow us, and future generations, to experience the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness in its natural condition.

More information about this area can be found on the La Plata information sheet.

At a Glance

Usage: Medium-Heavy
Closest Towns: Buena Vista and Leadville, CO
Water: None
Restroom: None
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General Information


The Trailhead for accessing La Plata Trail from the north is 14.5 miles west of junction U.S. Hwy 24 and 82 at Twin Lakes. It is the only one recommended for mountain climbing La Plata. 

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4.3 miles

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  Elevation : 
9,986 feet - 14,336 feet