|Peak:||Mt. Lindsey (14er)|
|Range:||Sangre de Cristo|
|Date of Information:||05/27/2012|
It was challenging to stay out of the water on the stream crossing just past the Lily lake junction, but thankfully I was wearing plastic boots; otherwise, plan for wet feet, wading, or placing logs. Is there a better place to cross near the trail?
There is still a lot of snow in the trees, so the trail was extremely difficult to follow near the boulder field at 10,800’. A GPS is highly recommended.
Near 11,800’ the trail cuts out of the gully and into the snow filled trees. I abandoned the trail and went straight up the gully on solid snow. I met up with the trail again near 12,100’. I talked to a group at this junction on my way down. It sounds like they sent most of the day looking for the trail and fighting their way through the snow & trees.
The couloir was nice and firm, but it has started to melt out around 13’800. I cut to climber’s right, and got close the summit ridge on mostly solid snow.
The North face route has ~30% snow coverage.