Peak:  Mt. Lindsey (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Ridge
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  forbins_mtn
 Date of Info:  06/02/2013
 Date Posted:  06/08/2013

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.

 Comments or Questions

6/8 update
06/09/2013 15:55
Went up the ridge, down the standard...the standard route is a nightmare right now, with thin snow covering parts of the route. We had to make several detours around these areas on horribly loose and exposed scree and 3rd class rock, and were forced to downclimb 45-degree soft snow with icy patches at one point. The main gully held some snow, but that snow could be bypassed by clambering on generally-decent class 2/3 rock on the south side of the gully. Would strongly recommend against the standard route for a few more weeks until those patches melt out. An ice axe would probably be of minimal use in the steep, soft, shallow snow you'd have to cross in the meantime.

From the TH to where the trail starts to ascend, there's minimal snow (but some wet/muddy patches), and you'll probably have to ford the creek with bare feet. Going up the gully, there are areas of 2' deep, soft snow which can either be walked through or bypassed; gaiters and trekking poles are helpful here, but not necessary. At treeline above where the trail crosses over the other side of the creek, the trail is obscured by deep snow, and it's easier to simply stay in the drainage and follow the snowfield up to drier terrain higher up. A few areas of snow and standing water are in the flatter area at 12000', but they can mostly be avoided. Once you hit 12400', and if you stick to the 4th class ridge, snow can be avoided the rest of the way to the summit.

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