Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  08/03/2011
Date Climbed:   07/10/2011
Author:  rickmerritt
 North Face/Gully  

This is my first trip report as a member of this site. We are yet another party containing someone whose name is Lindsey. What a great mountain. We found route descriptions from
others on this site extremely helpful and accurate. The road in to the trailhead was in relatively good condition, but that last mile or two is pretty tough in a 2WD vehicle. We got to within 150 yards of the trail head with a lot of care and patience. I would definitely recommend a 4WD for the extra ground clearance, if nothing else.

We found a nice spot just short of the trailhead, set up camp, had supper and settled in for the night. A few folks arrived much later and I found myself wondering how they negotiated the road after dark.

We set out at 6:30AM. The relatively flat first couple of miles was a welcome warm up. We had some concerns over negotiating the stream crossing but found it to be no problem. The route finding is a bit of a challenge in that general area. The route description in Roach's Colorado 14ers is very accurate. Be sure to keep to the left at the Lily Lake sign.

The upper mountain was really beautiful. Once we reached the saddle, as Roach's book says, "the introduction is over". The gully requires some care by all to be sure no one gets hurt by
falling rock. The right side of the gully is definitely the way to go, but not too far right as the climbing gets more difficult. We wore helmets and were glad we had brought them.

At the top of what you can see as the gully you come to a rest spot and another short gully of sorts comes into view. We found this short stretch a bit more difficult than the main gully.
Once above this "second gully" the hike to the airy summit is a pleasure.

We spent about 20 minutes on the top amid gathering storm clouds. We were able to descend almost to the base of the big gully before encountering a bit of hail and soft rain. It was short lived and the rest of the descent was without precipitation until we reached the stream crossing. Then it rained off and on until we reached our campsite.

It was late and we decided to cook supper and stay a second night and drive out in the morning. The light rain on the tent lulled us off to sleep.

The round trip took us about 10 hours including our time on top. We stopped quite a bit, and I would say 8 hours would be more the norm. We may have been a bit overcautious in the gully.

Lindsey is a great peak and I would hope to visit this range again at some point.

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 Comments or Questions

Nice Work!
08/03/2011 14:32
I think I ran into you guys at the summit. I was passing around the summit sign that people were taking their pictures with. I remember talking to 2 groups that had a Lindsey or Lindsay with them! Glad you had a great hike!


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