Peak:  Mt. Lindsey (14er)
 Route:  Northwest Gully
 Range:  Sangre de Cristo
 Posted By:  Blue6String
 Date of Info:  09/23/2020
 Date Posted:  09/24/2020
 Details

Ended up taking the NW Gully up and down. The snow in the gully is doing a freeze/melt cycle. The grippy rocks (hiker right on ascent) have a good amount of snow melt that has turned icy, but navigable. The snow through narrower spots has been well packed and gotten slick from other hikers. If you are a light and nimble climber, more of a mountain goat or bighorn sheep, you may not need traction. If you're more of a yeti, like me (240lbs w/o gear), everything was giving way up and down and I absolutely recommend traction. Spikes made a huge difference. Lots of rockfall, too, because of wind and freeze/thaw cycle. Take a helmet.



 Comments or Questions
Blue6String

Wildlife
09/24/2020 08:39
I will also add that I saw multiple bear scrapes below tree line. No sightings, but they must be in the area.


JayWillmott
Ridge
09/24/2020 10:14
How'd the snow conditions look on the ridge?


Isaac1621
Aspens
09/25/2020 16:11
How are the aspens looking in the area? Was driving up to the trailhead a few weeks ago and they looked like they were getting close to turning!


Blue6String

Ridge and Trees
10/06/2020 12:16
NW Ridge looked like it had only an avoidable patch or two of snow. I think I would have preferred that route.

The Aspens were very close to turning. But like so many stands this year, they were either close - or frost bitten and brown. That HUGE stand SW of the wildlife area was brown and frost crisped. Pretty good show overall, though.



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