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|2016-06-19||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Didn't climb Lindsey, but we did climb the Gash from the Lily Lake TH and got a good look at Lindsey from there. The trail is flooded and marshy in a lot of places down low in the valley, so expect wet feet with one mandatory crossing of the main river with no way to keep feet dry. The upper reaches of Lindsey looked pretty clear (see photos), with several large snow patches around. Most of the snow was decently solid with some serious postholing around the edges and rocks, but the center of the snowfields was solid.
Info: You'll need to park at the parking lot with the "local traffic only" sign 1.5 miles below the road closure. From the parking lot it's about 4.6 miles to the landslide. From the landslide look down the debris slide and you'll see a pink flag marker, follow the pink flag marker to a stagnant pond and cross over one tree to reach a muddy jeep road. Follow the jeep road to a sandy wash where the rest of the landslide may be seen and notice at the last pink flag marker there is another forest road to the left. If you follow that road it will lead you to main road after about a 1/4 mile. Hope that helps everyone, I bush whacked a lot on my way out and only found the short cuts on my way back. I went across the river on the log pictured below.
|2016-03-06||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: We attempted a climb of Mt. Lindsey over 3/5/2016 and 3/6/2016. We were able to park at the Aspen River Ranch about 5.2 miles below the summer TH (not sure if you are allowed to park here, but nobody bothered our car). About 3.5 miles from the ranch we had to put on our snowshoes to continue on the road. There is an incredible landslide that apparently occurred in September that we had to go around. It was relatively easy to re-find the road after this. However, no one has really been on this road/trail in a long time. The snow was not consolidated in the least and it was a post hole nightmare all the way to the normal trailhead and beyond. It was very difficult to locate the trail and we ended up camping on Saturday night not knowing where the trail was located. Sunday morning we managed to find the trail (we had miraculously camped right on it) and continued our climb. We got turned around quickly and had to climb a steep and sketchy snow-filled gully before deciding that it was not worth it to continue. We are positive that this gully is not on the standard route, and it is likely that the real route was below us. We packed down the trail with our snowshoes so there should be tracks to follow from here on out. Good luck to anyone attempting it!
|2016-01-17||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: This is more about the approach from the parking area 0.5 miles below Singing River Ranch. I was only able to hike up 4.5 miles. I turned around after slogging through unconsolidated snow for a mile. My snowshoes were sinking down about 14 inches. Be careful at the parking area and don‘t get too far off the main road or you may find your vehicle stuck... The half-mile from the parking area to the gate at Singing River Ranch is nice and packed, a little slick to walk on. Beyond Singing River Ranch to the locked gate is about another mile. This road is sloppy and I wouldn‘t recommend driving it. There is absolutely no legal place to park between the lower parking area and the locked gate! After stepping over the chain, there was a loose trench for about 3/4 miles. Spikes or Shoes will help but it is doable without either. The road then alternates between dry patches and soft snow for the next 2.5 miles. At about 3.5 miles, I started trenching through sugar snow just below my knees. Every once in a while there would be a bit of dry patch or wind blown slab.
Info: (No, didn‘t make the summit, just an approach report) Parking at the "Road Closed except for Local Traffic" sign right before the ranches (large pullout on right). From there, the road is packed snow for 1.5 miles to the final ranch (concrete/gate closure). The snow is about 12" immediately past the gate, so I used snowshoes for 1/2 mile. After you get out of the trees in 1/2 mile, the road is fairly dry for a mile or so (take the snowshoes off). The snow depth picks back up in the trees (put the snowshoes back on). It gets deeper from the landslide till at least the steep hill before the main TH. It was 8" of powder on top of unsupportable slab on top of 12" of powder. The snow felt pretty heavy, so it wasn‘t easy breaking trail, even though the snow wasn‘t even knee deep. The road wasn‘t very easy to follow around the slide area through the final steep hill (but I managed to stay mostly on track). I was hoping to hike up at least into the basin, but I‘ll save that for a trip where I camp out (maybe in the meadow). So for the 6+ mile approach, it was half easy (packed or dry) and half slog. I had entertained the thought of bringing my bike in case the road was dry, but that would have been futile. Also, it was snowing and pretty windy, so my tracks were filling in by the time I hiked out (sorry, you probably can‘t poach the trench).
|2015-09-29||Route: North Face
Info: Hi! My name is Kristina! This is my 51st fourteener summit this summer/season. My goal is to climb all 54 (with the exception of Culebra. Instead I did North Maroon). You can read more about this hike and others at Sunshineof1985.com. Enjoy! Route: North Face Distance to Trailhead from Parking Lot:14 miles round trip Distance to Mount Lindsey from Trailhead: 8.66 miles round trip Total Distance: 22.66 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain from Parking Lot: 5,150 ft. Elevation Gain from Trailhead: 3,500 ft. Start Time: 8:35am End Time: 6:45pm Time to get to Trailhead from Parking Lot: 2 hours and 15 minutes with bike Time to get to Summit from Trailhead: 3 hours and 30 minutes Time to get back to Trailhead from Summit: 3 hours and 20 minutes (stopped and picked up a lot of rocks) Time to get back to Parking Lot from Trailhead: 1 hour and 5 minutes with bike Overall Pace: 2.2 miles per hour with bike and stopping to pick up rocks GEAR (to bring): Bike (optional), bear spray, GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, warm hat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack (64 oz), snacks. Road Condition: For one thing, don‘t follow the GPS if you‘re coming from the south. It tried to lead me an inaccessible way and for those of you that don‘t know, the road 580, to the trailhead is closed!! You‘ll have to park by the sign that states it‘s 5.3 miles to Upper Huerfano. From there it‘s 1.6 miles to the closed gate (which they won‘t let you park by). It‘s a total of 7 miles from the parking lot to get to the trailhead now because of the landslide. I strongly suggest bringing a mountain bike to cut down on the total mileage of walking. Even with my bike it took 10 hours (more like 9 hours without picking up beautiful rocks). Trail Condition: No snow at this point on the mountain, however there is a lot of mud on the "secret" road. T use the "secret road" and to avoid the landslide, take the faint grass/dirt road that is behind all the cut up logs when you exit the forest to a meadow (pictured below). The road is rough and covered in river rock for most of the way. Once at the trailhead, it starts out with a nice dirt path, but will turn back into rough river rock for the majority of the hike. Once in the forest, you may get lost around the creek a couple times, but you should be able to find your way back easily with the cairns. Once out of the forest, it‘s mostly an easy hike to follow to the summit. On the way down, I lost my way a little when entering back into the forest, but remembered my surroundings and got back on track.
|2015-09-28||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: The forest service road 580 is closed by locked gate next to the Aspen River ranch entrance, 5.2 miles before the Lily Lake trailhead. The landslide itself is 3.0 miles beyond the gate, 2.2 mi. from the trailhead. The landslide is massive, but if you detour around to the left of it, staying low and walking maybe 0.25 mi., you can quickly return to a dirt road which merges with 580 after only another 0.5 mi. So it is the locked gate, not the landslide, which really makes the hike arduous, 19 mi. round-trip by my math. The additional problem is that you can‘t legally park on the road at the gate. There are several creative(!) solutions to the problem, the best legal one being to ride your mountain bike to the Lily Lake trailhead. You can easily carry the bike across 100 yds. of landslide to continue riding. So, from the last point where you can legally park on 580, before reaching private property, you will probably ride 8-10 miles up rough dirt road to the trailhead. Thus, the hike is still 8.25 mi., with the addition of a 20 mi. bike ride. The route yesterday was dry, the weather beautiful, and the elk noisy. I ascended by the stable ridge and descended the loose north face gully. No surprises on the mountain itself.
Info: Fall colors are starting to show. Approaching Lake Como today it doesn‘t have a lot tall Aspens. From Blanca/Ellingwood could see good colors to the northeast a few miles. Looks like approaching Huerfano/Lily Lake Trailhead for Mt Lindsey would be a great mix of summer and fall. No snow in the Sangres.
|2015-09-07||Route: North Face
Info: I was thinking about where I could go on Labor Day weekend that wouldn‘t be a total sh*t show, and I thought LINDSEY! This is a pretty chill hike in honestly. The road is a mellow grade and its scenic, I saw several deer and a heard of big horn sheep on the hike in. It takes about 3 hours with a moderate pace. The landslide is very impressive! On your way in, a ways before the actual landslide there is a meadow and a pull off with several large dead trees laid out in a line as a barrier. Follow this road through the meadow because it is the detour road! If you choose to keep pressing forward on the main road (like I did) you will end up at the edge of the landslide and be forced to cross it or backtrack a ways to the meadow. On the way in I hiked straight across it and that was a bitch with a heavy pack, up and over and under so many huge aspens. But on the way out I followed the "detour" road which is not a sustainable road so everybody needs to stop bitching about how the road is still closed. I hiked in on the trail after the upper TH about 1/2 mile and there‘s a really good campsite, before that and for the last mile on the road there are plenty of campsites but no water nearby. Did not encounter any bears but I had a bear canister and stashed it well away from my camp, and did all cooking and eating away from camp. The north face route is straightforward, gully isn‘t that bad and has a lot of fun scrambling opportunities if you want them. We bailed on the Ridge route due to high winds. I made a traverse over to Huerfano too, will post conditions on the 13er page. I stayed 3 days and did California from the Zapata trail at the lower TH and then Lindsey/Huerfano the next day and packed out. It was an awesome trip, basically had the entire place to myself, and SO worth it.
|2015-09-07||Route: North Face
Info: Wow! Absolutely ridiculous!!!! They close the road 4.6 miles before the landslide! The 8.25 mile hike becomes a 22+ mile hike. I hiked 7 miles up the road and still hasn‘t reached a trailhead. Not being mentally or physically prepared for this long of a hike, I grudgingly turned around. Someone needs to petition for this road to be opened up waaaay further up the road. It‘s absolute politics and bulls--t.
|2015-07-23||Route: North Face
Info: Don‘t waste your time trying to drive to Lily Lake TH. I talked to the local ranger station yesterday and they confirmed that the LANDSLIDE is huge and completely wiped out the road and side of the mountain. The road leading the trailhead goes through private land so the county is working with the land owner to try and create a work-around. Once a work-around is agreed upon, they will most likely not be able to reopen the road due to damage, EVER! So the work-around would be a hiking trail along the road and around the slide. In the meantime the county road is closed and the private owner has it closed at the beginning of the road (more than 4 miles from th). The ONLY way in to this area as per the ranger, is to follow a faint trail along the north/south ridgeline coming from Mosca Pass (north of lily lake TH) leading south and around the landslide. The landslide is apparently massive and the road will not be cleared soon, if ever. I think the hike from the Mosca Pass adds at least another 5 miles one-way but I haven‘t looked at it in depth....all said in done, this is most likely the only way anyone is summiting Lindsey in the near future, that is until the land owner allows the county to cut a new trail to hike passed the slide, so no matter what, the hike will be much longer than currently reported. Now, race to be the first to create a report from Mosca Pass. Good Luck!
|2015-07-13||Route: North Face
Info: As of July 13 there is still a rockslide that is blocking the road from going all the way up to Lily Lake TH. They had the road closed off at about 4.9 miles down from Lily Lake TH. Also no one seems to know what ranger district Mt. Lindsey is in and the phone number listed on the page is a wrong number and redirects to a woman‘s cell phone. Needless to say, it was a frustrating morning.
|2015-07-12||Route: North Face
Info: Thanks to everyone who has updated the group on this landslide! We hiked Lindsey on 7/12/15 after hearing that the slide would be cleared within a few days a week before. The landslide is massive and has permanently changed the topography of the land. It‘s possible that they may be able to build a new road around the slide, but my guess is that it will be some time before the slide is even done settling. This roadblock added 7 miles on each side of our trip, making for a 22+ mile day. After being up there, I highly doubt that this status will change for a very long time. Photos attached.
|2015-07-04||Route: North Face
Info: The road about 2 miles below the Mt Lindsey TH/Lily Lake TH this morning had a very large landslide which covered it up - it left quite a few people stranded above this morning. A group of us with 4x4‘s were led down by ranchers on 4-wheelers on what I was told was the "old road", which is how myself and others were able to get out. The slide was pretty large, the crew said it could take a few days to clear out, so I‘d wait a few days to try to get up there, or even perhaps call someone with Huerfano Co. to confirm when the slide is cleared up. Sorry for no pictures, there was not a chance.
|2015-07-02||Route: North Face
Info: Trail is dry at 90%. Few snow patches remains between the 1st ridge and the summit and could be a problem if you take the gully, icy and slippery. We decided to climb on the right of the gully to avoid loose rock as much as we can. It is a steep one. Photos speak by themsleves
|2015-06-20||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Trail has snowdrifts every now and then, but with minor route-finding you can avoid the snow and still stay close to trail. Upper gully still has good snow and looks like it might for a while. Unless going through the upper gully no snow tools needed. Huerfano River crossing was tough - we placed a log in the morning that worked fine. By afternoon it was relocated a bit downstream and in the river. Yep, I fell in the chest-deep river. It made that last 1.5 miles or so to the car more... refreshing... and I didn‘t care that significant portions of the trail were submerged because I could just walk through the ankle deep water So be warned, flat parts of trail may not be flooded in morning but unrecognizable with the afternoon river rise, at least until the snow has finally melted.
|2015-06-13||Route: North Couloir
Info: Well i wasn‘t sure about putting together a report with pictures just yet, but since you asked. No snow until after the river crossing then patchy post holing until you get to the top of the falls. From then on snow packed almost all the way to the top and starting to melt pretty quick. We were still able to walk on it with micro spikes and no post holing but it was sure getting soft on the way down. Snow in the couloir makes for a long steady climb but that will be loose soon too. If you don‘t want to spend the day in the snow then 2 weeks is perfect for this mountain. Have fun.
|2015-05-31||Route: North Face
Info: First, a warning about the road to the trailhead, it is washed out around Aspen River Ranch. Two puddles about 6-10" deep there, with a river running through the middle of the road just above it. Then about 1.5 miles before the trailhead, there is another puddle about 6-10" deep. Do not even think about attempting this road unless you have a lifted truck or jeep for the next week or so. We got to within about .3 miles of the trailhead, hiked up a dry-ish road to the trailhead from there. Just pass the clearing in the trees, it was intermittent snow, lots of post holing on the way out and back. The first couple of creek crossings were not bad (but are going to get worse), then the big creek crossing was a nightmare (and also, likely to get worse). Continuous snow from the big creek crossing to the summit. Snow good in the gully in the morning, you could here the water running under it though and in the afternoon it was post hole madness for my buddies in snowshoes. Without a freeze, that is going to be an issue to get through. Hard snow up to the saddle in the morning, same story, post holing if you aren‘t on skis/board in the afternoon. The snow in the North Face couloir was almost perfect for a bootpack at 8-9am, soft from the exit and the last section to the summit as the sun was hitting it. Very sketchy at the top with the soft snow and rocks everywhere (kicking in a bootstep and finding rocks instead of snow). The north couloir on the descent was soft/slushy snow as was the traverse and hike back up to the saddle. Without some good solid overnight freezes (which it doesn‘t look like there is going to be anytime soon), I would not attempt Lindsey for a while. Between the creek crossings that are going to get worse, the road to the trailhead washed out, and the soft/slushy snow, it is going to be dang near impossible to make it. We started at 230am, summit at 1030am, got back to car at 230pm.
|2015-05-23||Route: North Couloir
Info: Really good conditions for skiing and otherwise. We booted up the standard route and skied North couloir. Solid stable layer under a foot of freshies on the traverse from the saddle and in the standard gully. Really good snow coverage in North couloir, about a foot of freshies. Very minimal wet avy debris. There‘s a lingering snow drift about 2-3 miles from summer TH. If you pass that section, you‘ll be good to go for another 1-1.5 miles. We played it safe and didn‘t, and it added 1.5 hour to an already long day. It sucks to hike that road in wet ski boots! Creek crossings are starting to get interesting, and it‘s only going to get even more problematic with intense snowmelt.
|2015-05-17||Route: North Couloir
Info: Not to duplicate the last report, but Lindsey‘s north coolie is prime skiing right now