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|2016-09-24||Route: North Face
Info: Most of the fresh snow on the entire route has melted out. The gulley up the north face had a good amount of snow in it -- expect it to be slick and icy for the next couple days. Other than that there should be no snow left. That said, we did this in trail runners with no poles or traction, and scrambled on solid rock around the slicker parts of the gulley. Kinda sketch but not too bad.
|2016-09-18||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Took the ridge up and the gulley down. Figured gulley down is faster if you don't mind getting a little dirty while sliding on your butt. Easily avoidable snow patches on both routes. Ridge is nice solid rock with good holds and no dizzying exposure. Gulley is loose rock but can find some stable holds on the sides. Just for fun we actually backpacked up to treeline and camped at about 11,600', which is just before you lose the creek. We found a secluded, sunny spot on top of the hill in the trees to the left of the gulley pictured in Photo #5 on the North Face route description. So beautiful, highly recommend! And, the fall colors will be at their peak in 2 weeks I'd say!
|2016-09-11||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: No snow on the route. A little bit of standing water in the first 3/4 mile, but you can rock hop to avoid getting the toesies damp. Fun climbing on the Northwest Ridge, mostly solid rock. Recommend doing this rather than the loose steep gully.
|2016-09-04||Route: North Face
Info: The main word to describe this route: steep. Nice, flat-ish mile to the Lily Lake/Lindsey fork and then just straight up through tree line you go. Be ready for the elevation gain. Basin is getting some nice fall colors to it. We were originally going to do the ridge but with the 20-40mph wind gusts, we opted to do the North Face - along with most of the other people we saw. It was windy, foggy, and rainy. The North Face is loose but not as bad as I expected. If you go along the right or left side of the gully, there is some sturdier rock. Be careful though as people may kick some rock down.
|2016-09-02||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Heavy rain on 9/1 made both the road and the hike a bit damp. The first mile from Lily Lake trailhead was inch deep water running off from river overflow. It can be avoided along the edges and by rock hopping. Wet tree roots made for a slippery descent through the forest in some places. Nothing a bit of patience could not address. I went up the NW Ridge and came down the North Face. It was straight forward and quite pleasant. There were several spots where you could see folks had gone down earlier on the North Face. That didn't look like it would end well and would result in needing to do some additional climbing back up to the saddle between Lindsey and the Nipple. I left at 4:00 am was able to follow the trail pretty easily through the dark till sunrise with the headlamp.
|2016-09-01||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Beautiful summer conditions on Lindsey today. Warm weather surrounding the Blanca massif has melted almost all the snow that fell on Monday and Tuesday. Northwest Ridge route is a nice Class 3 on solid rock. Be leery of afternoon storms as they have been building from the Southeast behind the summit and don't show themselves until they are upon you. To reach the summit took 2hr56min and roundtrip was 4hr29min.
|2016-08-27||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Entire route was snow-free. NW Ridge was a great scramble. We descended the standard North Face, which was very loose, the gully was no fun to descend. If I were to re-do, I'd ascend and descend the NW Ridge. The road up to the Lily Lake TH is now clear - they did great work on that road, my Honda Pilot made it to the TH with ease.
|2016-07-17||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Entire route snow free. Route through landslide to alternate road not difficult. When you reach the slide, look left about 75 yds for pink/orange ribbon. Follow the obvious path watching out for holes hidden by the grass. You'll be through in less than 10 minutes. If you do this as an over night trip, I highly recommend making camp on the flats at 12,000 feet. This area is about 9.5 miles in from the parking area below the locked gate. There's still running water up there while the snow fields last. And, there are zero mosquitos and minimal flies. Others reported hellasious mosquitos and flies at Lily Lake TH. I kept it light with just a tarp which helped out during the very steep portion of the trail between miles 8 and 9. Great view of the Iron Nipple from my camp.
|2016-07-16||Route: North Couloir
Info: Road still closed beyond Singing Ranch. We road mt bikes from Singing ranch to trailhead. Landslide along the way is very impressive and it sure doesnt look like anything is being done to fix the road. skirt the landslide down and to the left. There is no snow on mt lindsey.
|2016-06-26||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Snow has cleared significantly since I attempted this route last Saturday. We just wore trail running shoes. No axe or spikes necessary. My directions for how to get around the slide still stand from last Saturday. If anyone finds a 27.5 mt. bike wheel at the parking lot please PM me. After the 22 mile day, I spaced and forgot to put it in my car!
|2016-06-25||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: After the first quarter mile from the TH it gets very wet. Like walking through several streams unavoidably until you get to the major stream crossing. There is still some significant snow drifts on the stretch up to the upper basin that can make the trail hard to follow. From the upper basin it is clear all the way up. For an idea of the conditions, here is a link to a time lapse of the hike: https://youtu.be/IGsNmWdwa7I
|2016-06-19||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: Didn't climb Lindsey, but we did climb the Gash from the Lily Lake TH and got a good look at Lindsey from there. The trail is flooded and marshy in a lot of places down low in the valley, so expect wet feet with one mandatory crossing of the main river with no way to keep feet dry. The upper reaches of Lindsey looked pretty clear (see photos), with several large snow patches around. Most of the snow was decently solid with some serious postholing around the edges and rocks, but the center of the snowfields was solid.
Info: You'll need to park at the parking lot with the "local traffic only" sign 1.5 miles below the road closure. From the parking lot it's about 4.6 miles to the landslide. From the landslide look down the debris slide and you'll see a pink flag marker, follow the pink flag marker to a stagnant pond and cross over one tree to reach a muddy jeep road. Follow the jeep road to a sandy wash where the rest of the landslide may be seen and notice at the last pink flag marker there is another forest road to the left. If you follow that road it will lead you to main road after about a 1/4 mile. Hope that helps everyone, I bush whacked a lot on my way out and only found the short cuts on my way back. I went across the river on the log pictured below.
|2016-03-06||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: We attempted a climb of Mt. Lindsey over 3/5/2016 and 3/6/2016. We were able to park at the Aspen River Ranch about 5.2 miles below the summer TH (not sure if you are allowed to park here, but nobody bothered our car). About 3.5 miles from the ranch we had to put on our snowshoes to continue on the road. There is an incredible landslide that apparently occurred in September that we had to go around. It was relatively easy to re-find the road after this. However, no one has really been on this road/trail in a long time. The snow was not consolidated in the least and it was a post hole nightmare all the way to the normal trailhead and beyond. It was very difficult to locate the trail and we ended up camping on Saturday night not knowing where the trail was located. Sunday morning we managed to find the trail (we had miraculously camped right on it) and continued our climb. We got turned around quickly and had to climb a steep and sketchy snow-filled gully before deciding that it was not worth it to continue. We are positive that this gully is not on the standard route, and it is likely that the real route was below us. We packed down the trail with our snowshoes so there should be tracks to follow from here on out. Good luck to anyone attempting it!
|2016-01-17||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: This is more about the approach from the parking area 0.5 miles below Singing River Ranch. I was only able to hike up 4.5 miles. I turned around after slogging through unconsolidated snow for a mile. My snowshoes were sinking down about 14 inches. Be careful at the parking area and don‘t get too far off the main road or you may find your vehicle stuck... The half-mile from the parking area to the gate at Singing River Ranch is nice and packed, a little slick to walk on. Beyond Singing River Ranch to the locked gate is about another mile. This road is sloppy and I wouldn‘t recommend driving it. There is absolutely no legal place to park between the lower parking area and the locked gate! After stepping over the chain, there was a loose trench for about 3/4 miles. Spikes or Shoes will help but it is doable without either. The road then alternates between dry patches and soft snow for the next 2.5 miles. At about 3.5 miles, I started trenching through sugar snow just below my knees. Every once in a while there would be a bit of dry patch or wind blown slab.
Info: (No, didn‘t make the summit, just an approach report) Parking at the "Road Closed except for Local Traffic" sign right before the ranches (large pullout on right). From there, the road is packed snow for 1.5 miles to the final ranch (concrete/gate closure). The snow is about 12" immediately past the gate, so I used snowshoes for 1/2 mile. After you get out of the trees in 1/2 mile, the road is fairly dry for a mile or so (take the snowshoes off). The snow depth picks back up in the trees (put the snowshoes back on). It gets deeper from the landslide till at least the steep hill before the main TH. It was 8" of powder on top of unsupportable slab on top of 12" of powder. The snow felt pretty heavy, so it wasn‘t easy breaking trail, even though the snow wasn‘t even knee deep. The road wasn‘t very easy to follow around the slide area through the final steep hill (but I managed to stay mostly on track). I was hoping to hike up at least into the basin, but I‘ll save that for a trip where I camp out (maybe in the meadow). So for the 6+ mile approach, it was half easy (packed or dry) and half slog. I had entertained the thought of bringing my bike in case the road was dry, but that would have been futile. Also, it was snowing and pretty windy, so my tracks were filling in by the time I hiked out (sorry, you probably can‘t poach the trench).
|2015-09-29||Route: North Face
Info: Hi! My name is Kristina! This is my 51st fourteener summit this summer/season. My goal is to climb all 54 (with the exception of Culebra. Instead I did North Maroon). You can read more about this hike and others at Sunshineof1985.com. Enjoy! Route: North Face Distance to Trailhead from Parking Lot:14 miles round trip Distance to Mount Lindsey from Trailhead: 8.66 miles round trip Total Distance: 22.66 miles round trip Total Elevation Gain from Parking Lot: 5,150 ft. Elevation Gain from Trailhead: 3,500 ft. Start Time: 8:35am End Time: 6:45pm Time to get to Trailhead from Parking Lot: 2 hours and 15 minutes with bike Time to get to Summit from Trailhead: 3 hours and 30 minutes Time to get back to Trailhead from Summit: 3 hours and 20 minutes (stopped and picked up a lot of rocks) Time to get back to Parking Lot from Trailhead: 1 hour and 5 minutes with bike Overall Pace: 2.2 miles per hour with bike and stopping to pick up rocks GEAR (to bring): Bike (optional), bear spray, GPS, extra socks, phone, SPOT Satellite Tracker, Map, Topo Map from 14ers.com, hiking boots with 2 pairs of socks on, long-sleeve, wind-guard/raincoat, light weight puffy coat, warm hat, lightweight gloves, day pack with water sack (64 oz), snacks. Road Condition: For one thing, don‘t follow the GPS if you‘re coming from the south. It tried to lead me an inaccessible way and for those of you that don‘t know, the road 580, to the trailhead is closed!! You‘ll have to park by the sign that states it‘s 5.3 miles to Upper Huerfano. From there it‘s 1.6 miles to the closed gate (which they won‘t let you park by). It‘s a total of 7 miles from the parking lot to get to the trailhead now because of the landslide. I strongly suggest bringing a mountain bike to cut down on the total mileage of walking. Even with my bike it took 10 hours (more like 9 hours without picking up beautiful rocks). Trail Condition: No snow at this point on the mountain, however there is a lot of mud on the "secret" road. T use the "secret road" and to avoid the landslide, take the faint grass/dirt road that is behind all the cut up logs when you exit the forest to a meadow (pictured below). The road is rough and covered in river rock for most of the way. Once at the trailhead, it starts out with a nice dirt path, but will turn back into rough river rock for the majority of the hike. Once in the forest, you may get lost around the creek a couple times, but you should be able to find your way back easily with the cairns. Once out of the forest, it‘s mostly an easy hike to follow to the summit. On the way down, I lost my way a little when entering back into the forest, but remembered my surroundings and got back on track.
|2015-09-28||Route: Northwest Ridge
Info: The forest service road 580 is closed by locked gate next to the Aspen River ranch entrance, 5.2 miles before the Lily Lake trailhead. The landslide itself is 3.0 miles beyond the gate, 2.2 mi. from the trailhead. The landslide is massive, but if you detour around to the left of it, staying low and walking maybe 0.25 mi., you can quickly return to a dirt road which merges with 580 after only another 0.5 mi. So it is the locked gate, not the landslide, which really makes the hike arduous, 19 mi. round-trip by my math. The additional problem is that you can‘t legally park on the road at the gate. There are several creative(!) solutions to the problem, the best legal one being to ride your mountain bike to the Lily Lake trailhead. You can easily carry the bike across 100 yds. of landslide to continue riding. So, from the last point where you can legally park on 580, before reaching private property, you will probably ride 8-10 miles up rough dirt road to the trailhead. Thus, the hike is still 8.25 mi., with the addition of a 20 mi. bike ride. The route yesterday was dry, the weather beautiful, and the elk noisy. I ascended by the stable ridge and descended the loose north face gully. No surprises on the mountain itself.
Info: Fall colors are starting to show. Approaching Lake Como today it doesn‘t have a lot tall Aspens. From Blanca/Ellingwood could see good colors to the northeast a few miles. Looks like approaching Huerfano/Lily Lake Trailhead for Mt Lindsey would be a great mix of summer and fall. No snow in the Sangres.
|2015-09-07||Route: North Face
Info: I was thinking about where I could go on Labor Day weekend that wouldn‘t be a total sh*t show, and I thought LINDSEY! This is a pretty chill hike in honestly. The road is a mellow grade and its scenic, I saw several deer and a heard of big horn sheep on the hike in. It takes about 3 hours with a moderate pace. The landslide is very impressive! On your way in, a ways before the actual landslide there is a meadow and a pull off with several large dead trees laid out in a line as a barrier. Follow this road through the meadow because it is the detour road! If you choose to keep pressing forward on the main road (like I did) you will end up at the edge of the landslide and be forced to cross it or backtrack a ways to the meadow. On the way in I hiked straight across it and that was a bitch with a heavy pack, up and over and under so many huge aspens. But on the way out I followed the "detour" road which is not a sustainable road so everybody needs to stop bitching about how the road is still closed. I hiked in on the trail after the upper TH about 1/2 mile and there‘s a really good campsite, before that and for the last mile on the road there are plenty of campsites but no water nearby. Did not encounter any bears but I had a bear canister and stashed it well away from my camp, and did all cooking and eating away from camp. The north face route is straightforward, gully isn‘t that bad and has a lot of fun scrambling opportunities if you want them. We bailed on the Ridge route due to high winds. I made a traverse over to Huerfano too, will post conditions on the 13er page. I stayed 3 days and did California from the Zapata trail at the lower TH and then Lindsey/Huerfano the next day and packed out. It was an awesome trip, basically had the entire place to myself, and SO worth it.