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Route  Conditions Information  Posted By   Posted On    Photos  Comments Likes Dislikes    
2013-07-03  North Face  No one on Lindsey today except my son and I. No snow on the North Face route. Someone has done a community service and marked the confusing part of the lower route with pink surveyor‘s tape. jimmtman   2013-07-03  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-22  North Face  Virtually all of the snow is gone. Just 2 small patches (heading toward the crux of the climb) and they do not present a problem--no need for an axe or traction or anything. They will be gone soon. usfgal   2013-06-22  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-22  North Face  The route is in great shape! Trail is very dry, no muddy areas. The creek crossing is a bit fun, I‘d go about 25 feet to the left of where the trail actually crosses, there are some nice big rocks to hop. On the peak itself, there are 3 small snowfields to cross in the gully above about 13,400. There are options for going around both above and below, just choose your comfort level! ACERyGuy007   2013-06-22  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-13  Northwest Ridge  Don‘t bring ice axe or microspikes or snowshoes. Bring an extra pair of socks though if you get wet crossing the river haha. Summer conditions sans a couple snow fields at treeline. Snow fields avoidable yet a bit irritating. Only 2-3 ones. The river crossing is interesting. Did barefoot on the ascent and found a place to long jump (6 to 8 foot jump) on the return. Very fast deep river this time a year. Above treeline everything is amazing looking. No snow on the crux of the route or the ridge at all. Beautiful views of other Sangres / Spanish peaks. Get on this mountain. Amazing climb! zephyr_pelicante   2013-06-13  0     Edit Delete 
2013-06-08  Northwest Ridge  The road to the TH is dry with the exception of a large puddle of water approximately 10‘ across and about 4-6" deep. We encountered several snow patches 1-2 feet deep as the route climbed through the forest, but the trail is bootpacked and snowshoes are certainly not needed. Gaiters are highly recommended. Once out of treeline we walked along the firm snowfields leading up the the saddle. Lindsey‘s remarkable North Face came into view and we observed minimal snow in the standard gully. We ascended the ridge, which was filled with fun, solid, and dry rock, with the exception of a tiny 1‘ x 6" snow patch at the bottom of the crux, which is avoidable. The rest of the route to the summit is 100% snow free. We attempted to descend the standard route, but dropped down a bit early to avoid a shallow snowfield over loose scree with the intent of traversing to the standard route as soon as we could. The encountered loose scree with (thankfully) enough solid rock to make a safe descent with deliberate, carefully planned movements. I highly recommend descending the NW ridge route at this time. The faint trail up the gully that is shown in the route pictures is gone. The bottom of the standard gully is filled with loose scree. On the way back, the snow in the basin was still firm and was easily traversed. Pic 1: Lindsey‘s North Face and NW ridge Pic 2: The worst of the snow on the approach. Honestly it‘s just a few patches. Pic 3: Descending into the valley Pic 4: Our sketch descent zdero1   2013-06-09 4  1 1  Edit Delete 
2013-06-02  Northwest Ridge  I should have put up a conditions report from last weekend. Bottom line: there is still snow in the trees. However, there‘s a trail through it of people who have done the postholing. We left our snowshoes at the car, and didn‘t regret that once. The "stream" crossing is running high - so we took off our boots and just braved the cold. NW Ridge was dry, the gulley was still holding snow. The ridge was fun - highly recommend it. We put on spikes for the walk down in the trees since we were carrying heavy overnight packs. forbins_mtn   2013-06-08  0  1    Edit Delete 
2013-05-28  North Face  Drove to Lily Lake Upper TH 5/27. Road completely clear of snow and in good shape all the way to upper TH. Anything with decent clearance should make it. Lower portion of the route (all the way to the basin at 12,700‘) Is largely obscured by snow. Return trip included LOTS of postholing in 3-5 feet of snow. Creek is running high and nearly impossible to cross without getting wet (which I did while trying to cross on logs). Best to take your boots off and grin and bear it. Upper portion of the route was in pretty good shape. Snow still fills the upper gulley. Last 200 feet of the route was also pretty obscured by snow. Ice axe and micro spikes were extremely beneficial. First time on a 14er in which I didn‘t see a single person all day. The photos below show the final final approach and the magnificent views of Blanca and Ellingwood. bjkent76   2013-05-29 3  6    Edit Delete 
2013-05-25  North Face  Road to trail head almost snow free. 4 - 5 feet of soft snow in the trees. MountainDawg   2013-05-26 4  4    Edit Delete 
2013-05-04  North Face  We returned to Mt. Lindsey on Saturday for another attempt after being shut down several weeks ago by bad weather. At 4a, we departed from our truck, about 2 miles short of the trailhead. The snow patches on the road are melting fast, and on our way down we noticed a jeep had made it further up to about a mile short of the trailhead. Below treeline, there is plenty of snow, above treeline, not so much. The gully leading up the North Face is completely filled in with snow, and it was steeper and set up harder, especially toward the top narrow section, than we had expected. Crampons came in handy. At the small notch, instead of traversing up East over several wind-loaded gullies, we ascended directly to the summit ridge. The downclimb of this section was the most challenging and included mixture of rock and thin snow. The summit ridge is packed nicely with snow, making for a nice finish to the climb. pic 1: Mt. Lindsey, upper mountain pic 2: traverse from saddle to gully pic 3: gully on North Face pic 4: section directly above notch of North Face gully Full report and more photos @ http://www.mountaindock.org/mt-lindsey-another-attempt/ Muldstar   2013-05-05 4  1  Edit Delete 
2012-11-04  North Face  Went up Mt. Lindsey with a couple guys yesterday. Beautiful day (particularly for Nov. 4th) and we didn‘t see another person on the trail. On the way up to the basin below the Iron Nipple saddle, we hit some patches of icy snowpack (mainly in the shaded forest areas) that were unavoidable. They were a little sketchy to walk up, but not bad because there wasn‘t any danger of a serious fall. I didn‘t wear any traction device on the way up, but put them on for the trip down (tired legs and downhill hiking make it much easier to slip). In the basin and up to the beginning of the traverse over to the North Face gully (and Northwest Ridge), there was only patches of easily avoidable snow on the trail. Two of us took the gully and the other guy climbed the ridge. The ridge was bone-dry, but the gully had some packed snow and ice. It was easy to avoid some of the snow and ice by staying on the steeper rock, but other areas required us to climb the snow. I was glad to have my microspikes in the gully, but my climbing partner didn‘t put his on (though he contemplated a couple times). Once we were out of the gully, there wasn‘t any snow on the summit ridge. It was comforting having my spikes on the way down as well. rjennings   2012-11-05  0     Edit Delete 
2012-10-20  North Face  Would agree with what illusion7il has already posted; I was the other climber he met. The gully definitely would be very challenging without traction and poles or an axe. Based on how little sun this route gets, I would expect the snow to stay around until next summer. Fun climb on a bluebird day. I posted a few pics of the gully/north face to give an idea of conditions. jblyth17   2012-10-22 4     Edit Delete 
2012-10-20  North Face  Route is about 60% dry and about 40% boot packed snow. Microspikes are a must for the gully. The gully is about 70% snow, slick with super loose rocky sections. I used an ax for the gully and I saw another guy using trekking poles. It would be extremely difficult or maybe impossible without these items. illusion7il   2012-10-20  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-30  Northwest Ridge  Lindsay was dry until the saddle but there was significant snow beyond the saddle from Saturday night‘s storm. We ascended the Northwest Ridge and found at least 3 inches of snow. Slick conditions prevented us from dropping down to the left before the ridge wall, so we had to climb over the spires. Sketchy. Microspikes highly recommended. On the descent we went down the gully. There was 16 inches of snow in the center of the gully which actually made the descent a little easier. We passed one guy ascending the gully and he looked to be struggling with the slick and snowy conditions. scootmanjones   2012-09-30  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-29  Northwest Ridge  NW Ridge is clear of snow once you get to the crux. The most difficult part of the route is the 100 yards or so of class 3 scrambling that is snow covered just before the crux wall. The gulley is holding a few inches of snow but was not yet icy underneath. The rest of the route is snow free. Justin9   2012-10-01  0     Edit Delete 
2012-09-29  North Face  Trail was snow free until shortly before the gully. Gully had 2-4 inches of loose snow in it, and the snow and rocks were slick on the north side of the mountain toward the top. The ridge proper was snow free. We saw people in various amounts of gear ascending, but microspikes and trekking poles/ice ax are highly recommended. As we were reaching Pueblo on the way out, dark clouds were over the peaks, more snow may have fallen the following night. mountain_man   2012-09-30 1     Edit Delete 
2012-09-23  North Face  Conditions were great. Some minor ice and hard pack snow (mostly) in gully, but we stayed to right on the more stable rock (best way to do it). Only three of us on the mountain! Lindsey stole Jon‘s hat with a gust of wind! jonandmalia   2012-09-24 1     Edit Delete 
2012-08-09  North Face  Beautiful day with perfect weather. Considering it was a weekday we were surprised how many people were on the mountain. We took the standard route, but at the notch on top of the first gully we elected to take a hard right and climbed up the stable rock. (We couldn‘t take the second gully with loose rock). For us this was a good decision, from there climb was class three with some exposure, but it was really fun. We picked up the what I think were the cairns for the ridge route and made the summit. desertdog   2012-08-10  0     Edit Delete 
2012-07-04  North Face  Excellent conditions and weather. No snow. Preferred going up the solid rock to the right of the chutes at the top. I would highly recommend using a helmet for the final climb. sheller   2012-07-06  0  1    Edit Delete 
2012-06-25  Standard  Trail is completely snow-free. There is no snow in the gully or anywhere for that matter so there will be no need to make the climb harder than it is. The snow from the previous conditions update must have completely melted out in the past week. ColoradoLawDobe   2012-06-26  0       
2012-06-17  North Face  Aside from 10 meaningless feet near the Iron Nipple/Lindsey saddle (see photo 1), this route is snow-free until the North Face gully. In photo 2, you can see the small patch of packed, slick snow in the North Face gully at approximately 13,400 ft. Avoid this snow by ascending Class 2+/3 rock to the right. Besides, this rock is much more solid than that in the center of the gully. Photo 3 shows smaller, but more consequential, patches of snow and ice just beyond the top of the first gully at approximately 13,700 ft. Although this is the best photo I have, it does not properly convey the scale, steepness, exposure, or the snow conditions. The snow is hard packed and icy in places, and a slip would cause noteworthy injury at best. However, this very brief problem is easily avoided by ascending either the rock rib between patches or the rock to the right of the larger patch. While the climbing is Class 3/4, it is very short and, if you look for it, on more solid rock. These two snow patches look to be melted out in a few weeks. For the enitre length of the North Face gully, if you are comfortable with Class 3/4 scrambling, look for solid rock to the right of the broken, loose trails. Neil   2012-06-17 3     Edit Delete 

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