Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  08/25/2013
Date Climbed:   08/25/2013
Author:  barryfagin
 Mt Lindsey -- North Face  

I rented a high clearance 4x4 and camped near the Lily Lake Trailhead Saturday night. Personally, I was glad to have it. I suppose something like an Escape could have made it, but there were plenty of puddles, washouts, and protruding rocks in the middle of the road that would have made me nervous. I only saw trucks and jeeps at the trailhead, for whatever that's worth.

Others have mentioned the beautiful meadow five minutes from the trailhead that you can camp in. I actually picked a site closer to the trailhead, just because it was available and because of the convenience. At the end of the hike, when it was time to pack things up, very glad I made that choice.

Forecast called for clear in the morning, but that never happened. Didn't rain in the morning, just cloudy. On the trail at 5:30, very glad I got an early start. Summitted at 10:00, turned around almost immediately since it was cloudy and windy. Back down by 1:30.

For photos 1 through 3 on the route page, I had to do some route finding in the dark with just my headlamp; your mileage may vary. The gully in photos 12-16 is extremely nasty, and exactly as described: Steep and loose. BRING A HELMET ON THIS HIKE AND PUT IT ON BEFORE YOU ENTER THE GULLY.
On the way back down, I lost the trail after the river crossing at photo 3, probably because I found a "better" place to cross. Word to the wise.

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