Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  06/28/2009
Date Climbed:   06/22/2009
Author:  Andy_Lyon
 Lindsey - trail, safety notes  

This is not a huge deal but guide books and this site both mention the sign to Lily Lake as a landmark. As of 06-22 the sign was gone (thankfully the lake is still there). If you come to that fork and are unsure, just keep to the left. If you don't hit the river within a few minutes, you should suspect something is amiss.

When looking for the sign you may see its remains.Image If you miss that, look (at the same spot) for two blazed trees with a fire pit between them. You want to follow the trail past the blazed tree on the left.Image

The first hike of the season kicked this boomer's butt so we detoured to summit the Iron Nipple and have lunch. Snow was melting fast but drifts were still deep in the trees and it was easy to lose the trail in that section but it was also easy enough to find it again.

There was some recent slide activity lower down on Blanca Image and I'm no expert but it looked to me like there was enough snow above the trail on Lindsey to slide if conditions are right. Image

There's a new "be aware of bears sign" at the forest boundary and we saw a bear print in the snow so best to keep a clean camp. You may also keep your eyes open for bobcat - we saw one in the road right at the lower forest/ranch border.

When I go back I‘m going to save time and hike to the river in sandals, cross and then put on the boots. The first mile was easy and there were a lot of little side streams to cross - it would be easier to go through them than detour and look for dry places to hop across.

And this is just a rant but why, why can my 24-year son and hiking partner fail to sleep the night before and still kick my butt on the trail? Image Still, it was a good conditioning hike and a gorgeous, storm-free day to be one of a handful of people in that wilderness.

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 Comments or Questions

06/29/2009 00:59
I wish we had the weather you guys did! It rained on us the whole damn time!

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