La Plata Peak is the fifth-highest summit of the Rocky Mountains of North America and the U.S. state of Colorado. The prominent 14,343-foot (4,372 m) fourteener is located in the Collegiate Peaks Wilderness of San Isabel National Forest, 22.7 miles (36.5 km) northwest by west (bearing 308°) of the Town of Buena Vista in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States.
"La Plata" is Spanish for "The Silver", a reference to the many silver deposits in the area. The nearby ghost towns of Winfield and Hamilton were prominent silver mining towns in the early part of the 20th century. A Hayden Survey team first climbed the peak on July 26, 1873.
The elevation of 14,361 feet marked on the USGS Mount Elbert Quadrangle is incorrect, and should read 14,336 feet (in the NGVD 29 vertical datum).
There's a demanding alpine trail (T5) called La Plata Peak Ellingwood Ridge leading to the summit.
By elevation La Plata Peak is
# 34 out of 91437 in USA # 5 out of 4045 in Colorado # 2 out of 37 in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area # 2 out of 113 in Chaffee County # 4 out of 271 in the Sawatch Range # 5 out of 4253 in the Southern Rocky Mountains
By prominence La Plata Peak is
# 4 out of 37 in Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area # 8 out of 113 in Chaffee County # 13 out of 271 in the Sawatch Range
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