Mount Lindsey

snow North Couloir
Difficulty Class 2 
Snow Steepness: Moderate 
Ski/Board: Advanced, D5 / R2 / II  
Risk FactorsExposure: Moderate
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Considerable  
Commitment: Considerable  
Start10,700 feet
Summit14,055 feet
Total Gain3,900 feet with a high-traverse to the couloir
4,400 feet if climbing the entire couloir
RT Length8.75 miles
SheriffHuerfano: 719-738-1600
 Costilla: 719-672-3302
Last UpdatedOct 2022
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This route should only be climbed with consolidated snow, in spring or early summer. Climbing this route in mid-winter could put you in deadly avalanche conditions.
For summer 2023, all routes above 13,000 feet on Mt. Lindsey have been closed by the landowner. The Colorado Fourteeners Initiative (CFI) and other organizations are still working with landowner to reopen the routes. This closure started in late 2021.


  • At 7.0 miles, the road turns to dirt.
  • At 11.8 miles, stay left on Forest Road 580.
  • At 15.7 miles, stay left at the entrance to the Singing River ranch. The road becomes narrow, but usually still 2WD.
  • At 16.7 miles, pass the entrance to the Aspen River ranch.
  • At approx. 20 miles, reach the the west side of large, landslide area where the road was re-routed in 2016. After this point, there's a steep section that requires 4WD.
  • Continue 2 miles on the rough, narrow road to reach the Lily Lake TH. There are many dispersed camping spots along the way.


Taken from far to the north, 1 and 2 show Mt Lindsey's north face. First, follow the Mt. Lindsey - North Face Route to the 13,150-foot saddle between Iron Nipple and Mt. Lindsey - 3. The north couloir is not visible from here. To reach it, you must drop east ( 4) into the basin between 13er "Huerfano Peak" and Mt. Lindsey. Here are two options to reach the couloir:

1) From the saddle, hike slightly left (north) before dropping right into the drainage ( 5) which runs east from the saddle between Iron Nipple and Mt. Lindsey. Follow the drainage for 3/4 of a mile to reach the base of the north couloir, near 12,300' ( 10).

2) For a higher traverse to the couloir, continue another 50+ yards southeast on the standard route, drop left (east) off the ridge ( 4) and zigzag down the slope to reach easier terrain near 12,800' ( 6). Continue east, at an elevation of 12,800' ( 7), for 1/2 mile to intersect the north couloir ( 9). This option saves you 500' of elevation loss but the traverse involves crossing several shallow gullies.

8 looks back on both options. Enter the couloir and begin climbing ( 11, 12). 13 and 14 show the middle of the couloir. Near 13,800' ( 15), the couloir becomes steeper and you reach the final pitch ( 16). Pick your line and climb to the top of the couloir and summit ( 17). For the descent, the standard (#1) route is probably the best option.


With good snow coverage, the north couloir can provide nearly 1,900' of skiing. Remember, you'll have to ascend back to the 13,150-foot saddle on your way out.


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