Mt. Lindsey  
Condition Updates  
 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-07-07, By: supranihilest
Info: A pretty crappy route, honestly. I did it as a snow climb the only other time I climbed Lindsey and wanted to see what it was like dry. Let me just say it's much nicer with good snow coverage. Anyway, take the obvious trail across the face instead of up the ridge. As it funnels into the gully you'll be faced with an obvious scree slope and rock to your right. The scree is loose, the rock is also loose, just slightly less so. Depending on comfort you may want to climb the scree using the rock for hands, or climb only the rock. There's ample gravel on the rock, so be aware of hand and foot placements and make sure they're solid. Climb up the gully to the notch, and from there you're faced with a gully crossing to a steep, red dirt chimney. I stemmed my way up the chimney but you could also go straight up broken slabs and ledges from the notch, which is exactly the way I descended. Descending the red dirt gully would not be fun. From there I just continued my ascending traverse on the typical loose garbage until I was near the summit ridge, then went directly up to the summit ridge itself. On the descent, since I didn't want to take the red dirt gully down, I crossed over "Northwest Lindsey" and continued down the ridge a bit until I found a good place to down climb to the notch. This was exposed and loose but not particularly difficult, just be mindful of all hand/foot placements and rock quality. 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-07-01, By: Michael Underwood
Info: Climbed the NW Ridge and descended the NW Gully. There's no snow on the route, making the ridge a more stable option, though the gully is also manageable, especially if no one is above you. The stream crossings were a non-issue since the water is running at a pretty low level right now. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-27, By: caitlin521
Info: Complete summer conditions. Took shoes off for stream crossing but others in our group were able to get around without doing that. 
 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-06-21, By: bridgettvail
Info: Second attempt at Lindsey was a success (first attempt 2 weeks ago failed due to weather)! Lindsey is in summer conditions! One very small patch of snow to cross. Creek crossing is lower than it was 2 weeks ago, still took shoes off to cross. The gully was very manageable by staying on the solid rock on the right side. Left trailhead at 4am (we didn't want to be in the gully with other people) and got to car by 10:30am. 
 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-07-11, By: ClimberSkierDave64
Info: We did a variation of both routes. After starting up the gully and realizing we wanted nothing to do with the loose rock, we climbed up ledges on the right side and then went to the right on class 3 to the top of the crux wall on the ridge crest which had some loose gravel but was fairly solid. From there we followed the ridge to the top. We descended the gully but stayed on the solid ledges on the side of the gully and never touched the loose stuff in the middle. You can definitely stay on the ledges the whole time as long as you feel comfortable doing class 3 on the steeper parts. We saw someone knock a backpack-sized rock down the gully the minute they stepped into the loose stuff. 
 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-06-17, By: Christensenje
Info: River crossing doable a little to the right without getting wet if you have good balance and I nice large stick. Some people in our crew didn't care to do a tightrope act though. Summer conditions. Went the gully route due to high wind on the ridge. I really do believe it's possible to do without knocking rocks down on other climbers. Obviously no guarantee other climbers will be as kind to you. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-14, By: Danger_D
Info: Basically summer conditions with maybe 20 feet of total snow over the trial total. I also want to seriously urge people to climb the ridge instead of the gully at the moment. The gully is snow free and incredibly loose. While we were on the ridge we saw a block the size of a mini-fridge dislodged by a descending party while others were climbing. No injuries as far as I know, but it is veeeery loose and I think it is very sketchy. The ridge can be kept at class 3, is on solid rock, and is very doable. Please consider doing the ridge instead of the gully in the summer 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-06-12, By: thadebracken
Info: Beautiful day for a climb. Got up around 11am. No storm clouds the whole day. Snow melting fast. Will find patches on the way up. Still some random spots with snow that affect a few footholds, but nothing that didn't allow me to summit via the ridge. Should be improving. Planned on doing the class 3 route on the ridge, but found myself taking the class 4 center route up. Took the gully down and snow still fills parts of it and some class 3 scrambling is needed to get around it. Scree for days. Take your time, be careful and should be fine. Watch out for marmots. Saw a fight and one actually bit my finger when I stuck out my hand haha. 
 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-06-10, By: Will_Quillman
Info: Winds were wild today, 55mph gusts. Summer conditions on approach and Class 3 sections. We had a member of our group do the ridge and he said it was snow free too. Creek crossing was deep but doable with some creativity. Might have to work on that power output to clear it with a jump lol, otherwise, you are going to get a bit wet. There was a small tree put down a bit down the creek, we crossed this on the way back. 
 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-06-08, By: Corey17
Info: Climbed Mt. Lindsey, Iron Nipple, and "Huerfano Peak" on 6/7. Overall, excellent summer conditions. The first mile has a couple spots where the trail is underwater as usual this time of year. We brought sandals to cross the creek, maybe up to a foot deep. There were a few snow drifts left, but none were big nor problematic and we could walk around all of them. From the upper basin to all 3 summits, it's completely dry. We took the gully up Lindsey rather than the ridge due to the insanely high winds and any snow was avoidable. 8:30 hike to grab all 3 summits, overall great day minus the wind! 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-06-06, By: bridgettvail
Info: Drove a Hyundai Santa Fe, which has decent clearance, and had no problems. The 4wd road was in good condition. Left trailhead at 4am in the rain and as prior reports had mentioned, the first mile of the trail is pretty wet in spots (see photo). The stream crossing was manageable, we decided to take off our shoes and cross with bare feet (which was a great choice) and the water was up to our ankles. The trail was pretty hard to follow in the dark and not very well established/marked but as long as you keep the stream on your right you will eventually find it. There are a few patches of snow that you have to move around but no issues. We made it to the basin by 6am and had to turn around at that point due to inclement weather but the route to the summit looked completely free of snow as far as we could see aside from some in the gully. Lindsey is basically in summer conditions, we just had bad weather. 
 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-06-01, By: Trotter
Info: Trail below treeline is pretty soggy, lots of snowmelt. Can bypass most of the swampy stuff. Creek crossing is very high, we brought flipflops and waded across. Theres a very sketchy log you could try using. Lots of snow patches covering trail in trees. Can bypass them or step in previous postholes to get through them, but route finding is a little trickier then normal. No need for flotation or traction, at least up to saddle of Lindsey and iron nipple. We did not do lindsey, but the 13ers around it, so I don't know conditions of gully, but it still had a lot of snow in it that we could see from afar. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: andrew85
Info: Road completely dry to the upper trailhead. Several snowfields remaining after the boulder field and into the forest, GPS and traction highly recommended. Large snowfields exiting the forest and to the saddle as well, but they were manageable. Can't really see with this picture but the gully route and the path to the class 3 exit of the crux on the ridge standard route were both still holding snow. Went with the class 4 options on the ridge which were a little spicy, but solid. Also the river crossing is extremely high, bring extra socks as getting wet is inevitable. Lol spent about 1.5 hours finding boulders to throw in and made somewhat of a crossing to the island and was able to reposition the log on the other side up against the boulders over there, but even then my boots still were 2-3" under water. There was a log further upstream that some people I spoke to said they were able to cross on, but when I attempted there was nothing supporting it and it sunk immediately so I'm pretty sure they got wet too.  
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: HikerBigDan
Info: Read the conditions report before climbing and was planning on doing the Ridge. Got to the ridge where you decide which route to take and it was a consistent 40+ mph wind blowing so we chose the Gully. We stayed to the right of the gully where there was solid rock and had zero problems. Once through the notch at the top of the first gully, we had to cross multiple snow/ice fields. I would recommend getting up there early enough to have solid snow/ice for good footholds as these areas are exposed and a fall would not be a good time. HikerBigDan 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-24, By: Mallamsi
Info: Trail mostly dry up to the boulder field. Up through the forest the trail is difficult to follow because of snow but any upward ascent even right up the gut of the ravine works. After treeline through the basin again the 'trail' is mostly covered with snow but there are no major obstacles if you head straight towards the face leading up to the saddle. I brought microspikes but found easy ways to navigate any steeper snow and didn't have to use them. After gaining the saddle the ridge is completely dry to the headwall. If you are on the peak of the ridge before the headwall and looking to keep the route at class 3 I would recommend the following: Veer left about 50 yards before the headwall into the small access gully. There is a narrow ribbon of dry rock/soil so no snow crossing is required. If you stay on the true ridge there appeared to be a few class 4/5 moves to get over to the headwall. Headwall contained fun solid class 3 climbing. Above headwall the ridge is much easier and dry to the summit. 
 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: CaptCO
Info: Lily Lake trail is dry to the creek, creek crossing is only about shin deep right now. A good bit of deadfall and snow drifts on the trail. Used crampons to go up one 45+ degree angle slope at the start, crossed the talus/snow drifts toward the creek. Creek gulley still has snow, used traction to the saddle. From saddle to the summit (true ridge all the way up) was mostly dry. Traversed 2 snow fields that were sketchy without an axe, left my crampons on the saddle as well. Gulley is in terrible shape but everything else is good! 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-05-17, By: brauda02
Info: The gully that provides access to the crux wall was snow covered which forced us onto a very exposed class 4 tower. The climb up the chimney was comparatively easy to the tower. The ridge after the crux wall is dry. I know other climbers took the gully which definitely still has snow in it. The hike down the basin was tricky, especially below treeline. The frozen river was mostly supportive even after 12pm. There were snow slopes to cross which we needed mircospikes for. Even with spikes, it was slippery. I used my axe here. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-29, By: angry
Info: Bluebird day. Some areas of previous trench were completely wind blown and the snow was unsupportive. Wore snowshoes to about 12,400. Ascended the class 4 route and descended the class 3 bypass. Didn't use traction. 
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Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2020-02-23, By: Will_E
Info: Summitted Lindsey today. The trench that Beard McQueen and crew put in last week is in great shape.You'll still want snowshoes, but its about as easy as a winter Lindsey gets right now. I didn't use anything until just past the creek crossing when I donned my snowshoes. Kept them on until just past treeline, from there to summit I didn't use any traction, its very windblown. I was able to coax my Honda Element to 4.3 miles from the summer trailhead, if you have greater clearance you might get another mile up the road. 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2019-11-25, By: mbxer
Info: A lot more snow then the previous trip reports some could have melted by now with the sunny weather in the area Saturday and Sunday. The high winds kept most of the snow off the ridge line and peak. Snowshoes in the tree line could help with traction for sure. I used them, but are not needed. Average of about 1 1/2 of snow with some deeper spots in the trees. Micro spikes are definitely recommended getting up with ridge line to the peak. A lot of slick spots which put me on by butt a few times. Overnight camping was pretty brutal with the high winds and low low temps so if you plan on doing that be prepared to shiver yourself to sleep. Please read my trail report. Was unable to make the 4 wheel drive trail head and had to hike in from before the private land. As I said in both reports the snow seemed to be melting a little bit on Saturday afternoon so the 4 wheel drive trail head might be reachable with some vehicles. Something to note. I had 2 people on my way back down asking me if I have seen any mountain lions which after hiking this area for years know there out there but have never had anyone ask about it much less twice in the same day. They said they have been a problem in that area this year and to watch out for them. Not sure the true behind this by wanted to throw that out there, because that would suck getting attacked by a mountain lion. Happy Trails 

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