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Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby desertdog » Sun Sep 29, 2013 6:13 am

Did anyone climb Lindsey this weekend? I was wondering what this last storm brought to the mountain and what condition the road is in. I was thinking of climbing some 13ers in the area this coming week. Thanks! Richard

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby Tornadoman » Sun Sep 29, 2013 7:27 am

I was there on 9/21 so the snow conditions have no doubt changed (there was effectively none at that time). I can answer your road question. We made it easily in my friend's Outback. The road does get pretty rough by the ranches which is about 6 miles from the trailhead. A mix of rocky sections, and some big puddles (they weren't deep though, so not an issue). I think a careful driver of a 2WD passenger car *could* make it to within a mile of the trailhead (the intersection with Zapata trail I think). After that the road becomes rougher and steeper and I would definitely not risk it in a car. Good luck, it is a beautiful area!

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby CarpeDM » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:36 am

I climbed Pt 13,555 and Huerfano yesterday. Just little bits of snow getting up to Huerfano. I had microspikes and gaiters but never put them on. Came down the standard Lindsey trail; definitely a little more snow there, but still didn't put on any extra gear. Also, it got muddy in places down below.

In the past I've gotten my Honda Fit to within a quarter mile of the TH that gives access to the north side of Huerfano (I always forget if that's called the Upper or Lower trailhead). This time, I didn't want to chance one puddle, so it added 4 miles to my RT distance.

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby desertdog » Sun Sep 29, 2013 9:14 am

CarpeDM wrote:I climbed Pt 13,555 and Huerfano yesterday. Just little bits of snow getting up to Huerfano. I had microspikes and gaiters but never put them on. Came down the standard Lindsey trail; definitely a little more snow there, but still didn't put on any extra gear. Also, it got muddy in places down below.

In the past I've gotten my Honda Fit to within a quarter mile of the TH that gives access to the north side of Huerfano (I always forget if that's called the Upper or Lower trailhead). This time, I didn't want to chance one puddle, so it added 4 miles to my RT distance.

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Thanks so much! Huerfano pls California were what I was looking at. Looks like you did PT 13555 first then Huerfano off trail, then came down the Lindsey trail? I think Im going to go from the Lindsey TH

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby lukeneedsnewsocks » Sun Sep 29, 2013 2:54 pm

CarpeDM wrote:I climbed Pt 13,555 and Huerfano yesterday. Just little bits of snow getting up to Huerfano. I had microspikes and gaiters but never put them on. Came down the standard Lindsey trail; definitely a little more snow there, but still didn't put on any extra gear. Also, it got muddy in places down below.

In the past I've gotten my Honda Fit to within a quarter mile of the TH that gives access to the north side of Huerfano (I always forget if that's called the Upper or Lower trailhead). This time, I didn't want to chance one puddle, so it added 4 miles to my RT distance.

Sorry, no photos.


Did you happen to be able to look up the Lindsey trail at all to see how it looked further up? I'm hoping to do Lindsey tomorrow, and from what you said, it sounds like it ought to be in pretty good shape.

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby spiderman » Sun Sep 29, 2013 3:29 pm

We went up Lindsey Saturday night, wearing running shoes and microspikes. It was 7h RT at a moderate pace. I didn't feel that an ice axe would have been of much help given the powderyness of the snow. The people who went up earlier beat down a very nice trail. In another week or two, the slopes might turn very icy and dangerous though.

We parked our Civic 4 miles from the TH and bummed a ride on a tougher vehicle. We probably could have driven all of the way if we weren't so chicken. #-o

Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby bergsteigen » Sun Sep 29, 2013 8:42 pm

Drove up to upper TH in a couple inches of snow on Fri night, it melted by the time I left today. Had fun in the mud puddles! Got it over my roof at least 4 times 8)

Went up Lindsey today and the ax was only useful in a few places. Trail is now ice packed lower down. Ridge is dry.

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby desertdog » Mon Sep 30, 2013 5:46 am

bergsteigen wrote:Drove up to upper TH in a couple inches of snow on Fri night, it melted by the time I left today. Had fun in the mud puddles! Got it over my roof at least 4 times 8)

Went up Lindsey today and the ax was only useful in a few places. Trail is now ice packed lower down. Ridge is dry.


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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby bbutzin » Thu Oct 03, 2013 8:08 pm

Are you planning a climb there this weekend?

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby desertdog » Fri Oct 04, 2013 6:25 am

bbutzin wrote:Are you planning a climb there this weekend?


Might be up there Monday or Tuesday. Not this weekend. Any interest?

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Re: Lindsey Snow and Road Conditions?

Postby bbutzin » Sat Oct 05, 2013 2:53 pm

desertdog wrote:
bbutzin wrote:Are you planning a climb there this weekend?


Might be up there Monday or Tuesday. Not this weekend. Any interest?


I unfortunately can't do weekdays. Might give 'er a shot tomorrow (Sunday), though. If I do, I'll let you know what I find conditions-wise, since it's been a while since we've gotten much of an update down there.

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