Mt. Lindsey  
Condition Updates  
Route: Standard
Posted On: 2012-06-26, By: ColoradoLawDobe
Info: Trail is completely snow-free. There is no snow in the gully or anywhere for that matter so there will be no need to make the climb harder than it is. The snow from the previous conditions update must have completely melted out in the past week. 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2012-06-17, By: Neil
Info: Aside from 10 meaningless feet near the Iron Nipple/Lindsey saddle (see photo 1), this route is snow-free until the North Face gully. In photo 2, you can see the small patch of packed, slick snow in the North Face gully at approximately 13,400 ft. Avoid this snow by ascending Class 2+/3 rock to the right. Besides, this rock is much more solid than that in the center of the gully. Photo 3 shows smaller, but more consequential, patches of snow and ice just beyond the top of the first gully at approximately 13,700 ft. Although this is the best photo I have, it does not properly convey the scale, steepness, exposure, or the snow conditions. The snow is hard packed and icy in places, and a slip would cause noteworthy injury at best. However, this very brief problem is easily avoided by ascending either the rock rib between patches or the rock to the right of the larger patch. While the climbing is Class 3/4, it is very short and, if you look for it, on more solid rock. These two snow patches look to be melted out in a few weeks. For the enitre length of the North Face gully, if you are comfortable with Class 3/4 scrambling, look for solid rock to the right of the broken, loose trails. 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2012-06-08, By: bmcconahey
Info: The Huerfano crossing requires a few careful steps (photo #1 - we crossed just to the right of the frame and used a hiking pole for balance) and be sure to head to the right from the clearing on the other side. The trail below treeline has a few fallen trees blocking the trail, but a clear, worn-in reroute is visible every time (see photo #2). A few snowfields are easily avoided below treeline as well (photo #3 and #4). The gully is best ascended on the right flank where more solid ground can easily be found. The route past "the notch" requires a bit of route finding as cairns are not consistent or visible. There are 2 smaller gullies past the notch, and we chose to ascend the hikers left side of each and were happy with our decision (we descended the same side of each). There was one snowfield that required crossing, but well-worn prints in the snow from previous hikers allowed for easy passage. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2012-06-01, By: Matt Lemke
Info: Climbed Lindsey and Huerfano today. The road to the TH is actually not too rough and my Toyota Camry wagon easily made it. The only place where there was still lingering snow was in the trees on the steep climb up into the high basin which was easily avoidable by either following the creek the whole time or by going around it on the large talus fields. Upper basin was dry as well as the trail all the way to the 13,000 foot saddle. The NW ridge on Lindsey was a bunch of fun and dry as well as all of Huerfano Peak and Iron Nipple. Windy but great day out in the Sangres. 
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Route: North Couloir
Posted On: 2012-05-28, By: carson_h
Info: 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. 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2012-05-27, By: BigfootUSAF
Info: Road to TH completely clear. Most of the trail is snow-free, however below treeline we encountered many large snow drifts while following the trail up the stream after you make the stream crossing. Gully is snow-free if you stay to climber‘s right. Plan your route after you reach the top of the gully. We ended up on Class 3/4 terrain to avoid snow and scree. 
Route: North Couloir
Posted On: 2012-04-30, By: foxbox
Info: I was able to make it within 1 mile of TH - about a 20 min walk in a 4w drive vehicle. There was one snow drift that required 4 wheel drive, one small downed tree I was able to drive over. Did a lot of postholing until treeline but the snow was nicely frozen for much of above. 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2012-04-22, By: RJansen77
Info: Gregory_fischer, SurfNTurf, mainiac24 and myself summited Lindsey today via the standard gully. I‘ve just posted a trailhead update under the trailhead status page and should have a TR with photos up tomorrow night. Below treeline: The trail starts out dry but crosses large snow drifts that increase in frequency as you climb. When you enter the trees after the large meadow the snow becomes continuous, and even after an overnight freeze we postholed to our waists. Snowshoes are required in the trees, especially in the afternoon. The trail is difficult to follow because it‘s buried, but at present a snowshoe track exists that shouldn‘t be too difficult to follow. Above treeline: In the basin below the Iron Nipple / Lindsey saddle, snow is abundant and afternoon postholing will likely be an issue unless you have cloud cover and/or wind to cool the snowpack. I would resist the temptation to stash snowshoes at treeline right now and opt to carry them further. There are some slopes that can be glissaded. In the standard gully: Good climbing snow to the top of the gully, but mixed class 3 climbing (thin layer of snow over rock slabs/scree) make for a somewhat challenging ascent and tedious descent. The North Couloir looked full but it was still bullet-proof at 12pm, so we didn‘t descend it even though we wanted to. The class 4 ridge looked to have a bit of snow, but we weren‘t close enough to get the best ideas on it‘s current condition. Feel free to PM me with any questions! 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2012-04-08, By: warg
Info: Had to park around 1.5-2miles below the trailhead. Snowshoes a must. No one had been up there for awhile, so we were busting trail the whole way. No wind - a beautiful 12 hour day. We met two people who were camping and planning on going up the next day. So there will definitely be a good trail if anyone else wants to go now! 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2011-10-25, By: ledhead69
Info: The trail is relatively dry up until about 10,500 ft. After that, you are in and out of the snow in the trees. There's nothing consistant enough to warrant snowshoes or microspikes, in my opnion. After getting further up into the basin and out of the trees around 12,000, it starts getting more snowy, but still inconsistant. Solid snow one step, and knee deep postholing on the next one. Quite frustrating but typical autumn conditions. I didn't go much past the basin, but the ridge on Lindsey looked to be relatively dry. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-09-29, By: sinyala1
Info: Climbed Lindsey on Sunday, 9/25 under beautiful blue skies and warm conditions. The trail was dry, but the North Face and Northwest Ridge routes were snowy. I detoured to stay exactly on the crest of the Northwest Ridge instead of slightly left (on ascent) of the ridge where the normal routes go. I did this because the normal Northwest Ridge routes had lots of of snow, enough to make them more difficult. This allowed me to avoid almost all of the snow, but the climbing was harder. I would rate it as mostly easy 5th class except for a couple 5.4 hand traverses and about 10 feet of 5.5 at the steepest part. Staying on the crest made the ascent much faster, and I easily passed the climbers on the North Face. No snow climbing equipment was required. However, don‘t try it unless you‘re at least an intermediate rock climber comfortable with moderate 5th class climbing and high exposure. -Chris Wilcox- 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2011-09-12, By: lackerstef
Info: As of now, an Ice Axe and Micro Spikes are necessary. The light snow covering in the crux of the climb makes for a very scary ascent without the proper equipment. I was unpreparred and am thankful to not have slid off of the mountain. Take this seriously and avoid the great risk of going without an axe and spikes. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-07-17, By: ilium
Info: Snow-free top to bottom. We hiked in trail runners. 
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Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2011-07-10, By: Dathivas
Info: Lindsey is snow-free from top to bottom. The gulleys going up the North Face route are very loose - we met a girl on our way up who was descending after getting clipped by a watermelon-sized rock. Use caution and be aware of those above and below you. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-06-27, By: gdthomas
Info: The Northwest Ridge route is snowfree with the exception of a few inconsequential patches just below treeline after crossing the stream and a 50‘ patch near the bottom of the North Face gully. Rock fall was a concern. Another party, after seeing the three in our group wearing helmets, expressed regret that they did not have theirs. 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2011-06-26, By: larkinrx2
Info: small snow crossings in the trees, well boot packed and almost gone. careful of multiple trails through the trees. team turned at 13150 since still snow in gully and winds in the sustained 30‘s 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2011-06-27, By: butterflyer
Info: there are a few patches of snow on the trail below tree line that make it hard to follow on the descent. Upper mountain pretty clear of snow little snow in the gully and two snow fields past that gully that can be traversed or navigated around. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-06-19, By: MichiganBrian
Info: Ascended the ridge and descended the gully. Only snow was below treeline and the trail is pretty easy to follow. Good log crossing for the creek right at the Lily Lake sign. Gully has very little snow left, but that thing is an absolute choss-pile I have no desire to ever spend any more time in. The ridge is way more solid/enjoyable. 
Route: Northwest Gully
Posted On: 2011-06-17, By: vistaphil
Info: Still lots of snow pockets in the trees but pretty easy to find the trail. The snow in the gully that leads to the basin was firm even in the afternoon and is a good alternative to crossing the creek and trying to work through the snow up there. In the gully on the side of Lindsey, the snow has some very soft spots, lots of loose rock in between. Beware the snow crossings up higher as I postholed very deep a few times. All in all, most of the entire route is snow free and I did not use snowshoes or mini-spikes. 
Route: Northwest Ridge
Posted On: 2011-06-10, By: Barb4rian
Info: This route is mostly snow free. The only problematic snow is below treeline shortly after leaving the Huerfano Gulch trail. There are many snow banks dispersed throughout the trees that make the trail very difficult to follow. Because of this we ascended the boulder/talus field to the left and traversed into the upper basin around 12k. The gully still has some snow in it from the start to the notch. This snow remained hard even into the noon hour. Not skiable though, the run out is snow free as of now. 
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