Mt. Lindsey  
Condition Updates  
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-29, By: angry
Info: Bluebird day. Some areas of previous trench were completely wind blown and the snow was unsupportive. Wore snowshoes to about 12,400. Ascended the class 4 route and descended the class 3 bypass. Didn't use traction. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-23, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Lindsey today. The trench that Beard McQueen and crew put in last week is in great shape.You'll still want snowshoes, but its about as easy as a winter Lindsey gets right now. I didn't use anything until just past the creek crossing when I donned my snowshoes. Kept them on until just past treeline, from there to summit I didn't use any traction, its very windblown. I was able to coax my Honda Element to 4.3 miles from the summer trailhead, if you have greater clearance you might get another mile up the road. 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2019-11-25, By: mbxer
Info: A lot more snow then the previous trip reports some could have melted by now with the sunny weather in the area Saturday and Sunday. The high winds kept most of the snow off the ridge line and peak. Snowshoes in the tree line could help with traction for sure. I used them, but are not needed. Average of about 1 1/2 of snow with some deeper spots in the trees. Micro spikes are definitely recommended getting up with ridge line to the peak. A lot of slick spots which put me on by butt a few times. Overnight camping was pretty brutal with the high winds and low low temps so if you plan on doing that be prepared to shiver yourself to sleep. Please read my trail report. Was unable to make the 4 wheel drive trail head and had to hike in from before the private land. As I said in both reports the snow seemed to be melting a little bit on Saturday afternoon so the 4 wheel drive trail head might be reachable with some vehicles. Something to note. I had 2 people on my way back down asking me if I have seen any mountain lions which after hiking this area for years know there out there but have never had anyone ask about it much less twice in the same day. They said they have been a problem in that area this year and to watch out for them. Not sure the true behind this by wanted to throw that out there, because that would suck getting attacked by a mountain lion. Happy Trails 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2019-11-18, By: mjohnson1960
Info: Conditions are similar to the reports from earlier in November, albeit with less snow. It appears there hasn't been any appreciable new snow since then, and what's there is dissipating. The pictures aren't great but you can see that packed snow remains on the trail in places. Lower parts of the trail, in particular where shaded have packed snow and icy stretches that are a bit treacherous; easy to slip where steep in the trees especially on descent. River crossing was frozen over, and was pretty solid even around mid-day. Not much snow in the NW Gully proper, some on the approach from the saddle and at the base of the gully. I wore microspikes for some of the lower trail, didn't wear them in the gully (stuck to the rock as much as possible, which I highly recommend), but they would be good insurance. No snowshoes or ice axe needed. 4WD trailhead is still accessible (see my TH condition report), and the route is relatively clear so if you want a relatively snow-free climb of Lindsey now's the time! 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2019-11-05, By: bsargeant1
Info: Conditions similar to the prior report. Snow cover, ranging anywhere from 3-8 inches, starting from the trailhead. There are some trustworthy tracks along the entire route - especially in the trees where its easy to lose the trail in the snow. Gaiters, poles, and spikes were helpful along the steep areas through the trees. The stream crossing is starting to freeze up but there are some dry rocks and logs to easily cross. The slopes leaving the upper basin towards the saddle are mostly dry. Small patches of snow seem to be sticking around in boot-high trench that is the trail. Was up there to pull CFI's infrared trail counter located on the saddle before the gully, so turned around before the final pitches. From what I can tell the conditions are the same as the prior report. Small patchy areas of snow and ice in the gully and along the ridge. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-27, By: wintersage
Info: Took the NW Ridge up and the NW gully down. Trail below treeline and up to the flat area below the saddle at 13000ft is mostly covered with fluffy, dusty snow. Microspikes were useful in the morning on the way up. From 13,000ft to the start of the class 3 ridge was mostly windblown with a small dusting of snow. We took our microspikes off and stashed our poles in this section. As you keep going along the ridge, the snow cover increases with some icy sections, but nothing too deep or consolidated to require spikes or ice axe. The crux wall has some sketchy sections where good footholds and handholds are made slicker by the snow, but careful navigation and route-finding makes it doable. The slippery rock led us to decide to take the gully down for our descent. The gully is more shaded and thusly had more snow. In some sections, the snow was knee deep and having gaiters on helped. Most of the gully is filled with shallow loosely packed dusty snow that doesn't allow a firm hold with an ice axe, but microspikes certainly helped. Overall, snowshoes were not needed on this day. **ALSO POSTED IN LOST AND FOUND**: We found a rain fly for an REI Co-Op Passage tent, and brought it down with us to the lower 2WD trailhead. I placed it by the TH Info sign, as seen in the last 2 pics. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-10-06, By: Slawson405
Info: I thought the ridge had little ice to negotiate compared to the gully which was basically a mixed climb at this point. I meant to take the ridge down as well for this reason but ended up in the gully and it's a nightmare without traction. First picture shows wha the gully looks like, except much steeper. Second is the overview of both routes 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2019-10-06, By: osprey
Info: Senator Lindsey Graham Peak was a little breezy and a little icy both in the gully and on the ridge. Otherwise it was absolutely terrifying. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-22, By: tcphoto87
Info: Most of the trail through the trees is hard to follow (especially in the dark) cause other "trails" branch off in every direction and there were a lot of downed trees that made it difficult to tell where the trail went. Then it got super steep and I wasn't even sure if I was on the actual trail until I hit treeline and recognized that view from the route pics. It was pretty cold and windy, summer conditions mainly but that cold wind reminded me of winter. There were tiny bits of fresh snow up high, some along the trail but not much at all. I ascended the ridge and took one of the Class 4 routes up, and then descended the gully which was totally fine dry without snow as long as you stick to the rocks. Lots of people were coming up that way too, aside from a group coming down I don't think anyone else did the ridge today. Overall a great day, 10/10 This was my 37th and first try at Class 4 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-22, By: strayster2
Info: Still summer conditions. Some sections of the trail have water trickling down. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-09-13, By: rhymeswithbacons
Info: Picked a great day to summit Mount Lindsey! The trail is dry apart from creek beds here and there and we didn't encounter any snow whatsoever. The summit ridge route was also dry, which was definitely nice because the climbing gets pretty steep and exposed (up to Class 4) on some parts. I descended via the gully route which was also dry and easier to follow with a semi-marked trail. All in all, it was pleasantly warm, and apart from a chilly morning, we had summer-like conditions. Go now while you still can! 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-19, By: Klad24
Info: Beautiful day on Lindsey. Summer conditions the whole way. Took the ridge up, and everybody else I saw on the trail was doing the same. I opted to take the brief class four line up the crux just left of the crack and never felt too exposed. Good, stable, grippy rock. Wearing a helmet was a good idea since people were knocking rocks down the ridge left and right. No issues with the river crossing, was able to make it across using a small log jam despite losing part of one of my trekking poles somewhere on the ridge. Speaking of which, if you find the bottom half of a trekking pole somewhere along the ridge, please reach out to me! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-11, By: angelakdang
Info: We decided not to summit due to high wind gust speeds as soon as we got onto the saddle (around 37.5896, -105.4535). Everything else is as previous trip reports stated. A note about the river crossing: I'm 5' 4", the stream came up to just above my knees. I recommend removing your shoes and crossing barefoot or with sandals with quick-dry pants rolled up and trekking poles for stability (the creek was faster than I expected). In the dark, if you follow the trail, walk towards the log to your left. Once you reach the log, walk towards the trail on the other side. That seems to be where the water is shallowest. I had my gaiters with me and that made for a great place to put my feet in order to dry them and put my shoes back on. 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2019-08-11, By: bosnian2014
Info: We took the gully route yesterday. It was not as loose as I expected if you stay on climbers right. Required some route finding (gps file from this site was very helpful a few times) 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-08-01, By: LoneLobo
Info: Started at 0500 and hiked in the dark (with headlamp) until 0600. Since it was dark and there are lots of little trail offshoots in the first 1+ mile, I got a bit disoriented navigating all the little stream hops and then of course, the big stream crossing: As eecummings_ mentioned in prior report, there are some felled trees about 50ft upstream you can cross on, but they're pretty tricky! I highly recommend trekking poles to help you cross. (Or bring sandals & change into them so you don't have to worry about stepping into the water.) Zero snowfields encountered. It was however a bit chilly (esp. w/wind on the ridge, I'd estimate ~35 deg.F wind chill) until 0800; I'm glad I had gloves during the ascent. I'd recommend bringing a warm knit hat too; the wind will blow most other hats right off. Ridge is excellent and solid. The most solid rock is literally ON the top of the ridgeline, all the way up; the more you dip left of the ridgeline, the looser it gets. The crux wall was fine, take your time. I followed the dark crack all the way up (Class 4), then followed the Class 3 line on the way down. My 2 cents re: bringing dogs (since I passed a party with a dog): I would say the best route for a dog is the crux wall - Class 3 option; and you might have to help doggo a bit on a ~10ft section there, but as long as you can pick up your dog (2 people is ideal) then this is preferred IMO. The alternative is the gully route, which just looks super loose and seems like it's a paw injury waiting to happen. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-29, By: eecummings_
Info: Ridge was great. Passed only one little section of snow and didn't take any effort to avoid. River crossing was pretty easy with two downed branches crossing it about 50 ft. upstream. 2 recommendations: 1. Gloves for the ridge scramble. The rock was really cold in the morning and I regretted oversight. 2. Helmets on for all of the Gully. The loose rock is no joke and it goes right under the ridge route. I heard people yelling "Rock" all day. And people were bringing dogs in both of the gully and ridge, which I would not recommend for the doggo's sake as well as for rock-kicking hazards. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-23, By: Tacocat Climbing
Info: Beautiful day. Started from the 4x4 TH at around 6am. Went up the class 4 ridge route as described on the routes section. Im glad I did, the rock was solid, views were amazing. Ended up going down the gully route and it has just so much loose rock, it wasnt anywhere near as fun as the ridge route. Summer conditions, no need for any snow gear. Video of the hike: https://youtu.be/mOxvYo4WO5g 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2019-07-23, By: M_Dundee
Info: On a busy Saturday my kid and I took the route less traveled, only passed a guy and dog each way (different pairs), near the top of the trough. We stayed climbers right in the trough which kept us on semi-solid class 3 rock and out of the scree. There was a small patch of snow at the top that was easily avoided. The only spot of snow that required a diversion off of the main path was the traverse of the first gully after the trough. We stayed climbers right hard against the ridge wall and went above a snow packed notch. For the other two gully traverses we usually stayed climbers right to follow the path that was more rocks than scree. Our return was via the same route. For anyone that is trying to get between the Lily Lake road and the San Luis valley via the road described in Roach's book it is currently closed. This is county road 572 south of Red Wing going over Pass Creek Pass. We were headed to climb Uncompahgre on Sunday and went about 10 miles east from Gardner on CO 69 to county road 520 to go south to US 160 near La Veta as an alternate route. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-21, By: hbenton17
Info: Hiked up night before to camp in the basin, which was such a good decision! The steep ascent up the ravine to tree line was definitely a long one, so I'm glad we did that the night before. Creek crossing on two logs is a bit sketch and had to go slow cause my balance is less than good, but definitely doable. We got off trail at the beginning fairly soon and had to bushwhack. We went left to cross a tiny creek instead of veering right. That's maybe .3 miles in or so. Summit day was beyond gorgeous and perfect conditions. It was maybe my 3rd class 3 and so worth it. Definitely a couple class 4 moves if you go on the ridge proper and pick certain routes up the crux wall. Going up top was way better than the loose rock down low. Marmots chewed up and then stole my trekking poles, so just don't stash them at the saddle haha, not worth it. Storms rolled in around noon ish. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2019-07-20, By: ElConrado
Info: Parked at 2wd lot, rode 4 wheeler up to trail head. Started ascent at 0525. Many people on the trail today. Ridge was in excellent shape, stayed primarily climbers' left of ridge. Crux wall was challenging and fun, again MANY people climbing today! Hit summit at 0900. Ideal weather and trail conditions, wind was not as high as predicted. Stayed about one hour on top, made many new friends on the way up and at summit. Back to trail head at 1300. Counted 49 cars between trail head and 2wd lot including campsites. Both Middlebrook and Roach are correct - class 3 climbing on solid rock and high exposure beats the heck out of class 2 climbing on loose rock even with less exposure! 
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