Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  07/27/2009
Date Climbed:   07/26/2009
Author:  Lynnie

 Mt. Lindsey North Face (should have climbed the Northwest Ridge)  

Left the TH at 6:05am
Arrived at the summit at 10:20am
Left the summit at 10:45am
Back to the TH at 1:45pm

Drove from downtown Denver on Saturday afternoon and found a great campsite just a few hundred yards from the TH.
The drive from Denver to the TH took four hours.
We saw roughly 8-10 campsites on the road to the TH. All have fire rings.

When you begin the hike, the "route details" instruct you to "hike 1 mile to a sign for the Lily Lake Trail" which is most certainly correct…but the sign is down! The sign is still up in the photo. Photo posted below of the missing sign so you'll know what to look for. But it is pretty obvious that you stay straight on the trail.

The hike to the base of the North Face/Northwest Ridge is gorgeous! Fabulously flat in some sections, lung crushing steep in others. But beautiful!!

We chose to climb the North Face. If I were to do it again, I would climb the Northwest Ridge. The face was littered with a lot of dangerous, loose rock, which made me nervous with climbers below us. We had to be extremely cautious of each and every step. There were some fun sections of class 2/class 3 climbing, but so much loose rock that we were pretty spooked on the ascent.

Whichever route you choose, wear a climbing helmet!

When we arrived at the summit we ran into four groups of folks who had all ascended the Northwest Ridge. They all agreed it was a ton of fun, with stable rock and plenty of hand and foot holds. They did mention a lot of exposure which is good to keep in mind if you choose the Ridge ascent. They described the Ridge as class 3 and one class 4 section, but manageable for the careful and aware hiker with little to no climbing experience.

All groups descended the North Face. This many people on the North Face made us nervous (with all of that loose rock) so we quickly left the summit to "beat the crowds". We wanted to get down the face before too many climbers were on it at once.

We left the TH at 6:05am. I get spooked easily by weather, and the North Face and Ridge can be slow going. I'd suggest leaving the TH no later than 5/5:30am to avoid any anxiety over weather. That way you can enjoy the fun climb up the Northwest Ridge or North Face, whichever you choose, without having to worry about weather. And after my experience, I'd suggest the Northwest Ridge.

It's a GORGEOUS hike. Don't forget to charge your camera battery!

Photo of the missing Lily Lake Trail sign

View of the North Face and Northwest Ridge from base of climb. Looks a lot worse than it actually is

Above the clouds at the 14,042' summit!

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 Comments or Questions

I agree...
07/27/2009 16:12
...that the more exposed route is generally the better one. i.e. Sneffels, Lindsay, and what I‘ve heard of El Diente. Loose stuff, whether steep or shallow, is never fun!


Nice day for Lindsey - thanks for the trip report
07/28/2009 05:12
Lilly, Great summary of the hike.

We (the four old guys) met you on the summit after we came from the ridge. I agree with your assesment regarding the loose rocks and boulders on the standard route. We came up the ridge, but went down the standard route (right after you). The ridge route for the ascent was probably better if you don‘t mind exposure. On our descent we dropped down early (before the standard coulier) and stayed on fairly large rock, but eventually we ran into loose talus. The descent was fun as well, except where we needed to cross the loose stuff.

But, overall, I really enjoyed Mt. Lindsey (now one of my favorites). It‘s a class 2+ for sure. I‘d recommend the ridge, right up the chute, then left at the top. It‘s nothing more than a fun class 3. Daunting from a distance, but fun when you get close (as usual).

ps: Bud Light at the top. I‘m impressed.

Thanks again for the trip report.


07/28/2009 15:28
We had three Bud Lights and only managed to split one among the three of us. So we‘re not as tough as we thought Needed to be sharp to get down that North Face. I really enjoyed Mt. Lindsey. And I‘d definitely go back to climb the Ridge. Good to see you at the summit! And on : )


Very Helpful.....
07/31/2009 23:10
We are heading up to Lindsey in 3 weeks, the shot of the snow-free gulley really helps for my planning on what gear to take. Thanks.


You bet!
08/01/2009 15:23
Have a great time. It‘s a beautiful mtn.! I‘m happy the TR was helpful

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