Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  11/10/2010
Date Climbed:   11/06/2010
Author:  mountainjam
 Fantastic Day on Lindsey  

I had been hoping to get in one more new 14er this year before the snow really started to hit the high country. Mt Lindsey had been on my radar all year. I had planned on climbing it on two different occasions this summer, once after a trip to Kit Carson and Challenger and another time after climbing the Blanca Group but after both those trips Lindsey just didn't quite happen. So last Thursday Shogun posted a TR for Lindsey (thanks) and conditions looked okay, even though it had just snowed the night before. I knew the area hadn't received any new snow since then and the temperatures had actually been quite warm, so I figured this was a perfect opportunity to give Lindsey a shot. I sent my buddy Lance (rocrunner) a text message on Thursday night asking if he wanted to join me. He replied "sure" about a minute later and the trip was on. We decided to leave Denver on Saturday morning at 5:00. The road to the TH was icy in spots. I needed 4WD in a couple of the steeper sections of the road where it was icy.

We were treated to incredible views of Blanca driving to the TH.

Blanca from the road, photo by Lance

When we arrived at the TH I was surprised to find we were the first vehicle there. As it would turn out, we were the only two people on the mountain the entire day! Incredible for a Saturday with such a nice forecast. We hit the trail just after 8:30 and were treated to more excellent views.


The trail through the trees had minimal snow but was a bit icy. Neither of us had microspikes but they would have helped. Once above treeline, more amazing views.

Photo by Lance

Lindsey peeking out, photo by Lance

Next we had to cross the basin and then hike up to gain the saddle between Iron Nipple and Lindsey. There wasn't much snow in the basin and there was a good trail to follow the entire way.

Blanca and Ellingwood from the saddle, photo by Lance

From the saddle we were amazed to see how little snow Lindsey's North Face had on it. We briefly considered taking the ridge route but decided the standard route would be safer.

Photo by Lance

The North Face route turned out to be a lot of fun. The rock was stable enough and we got to do some scrambling.

Lance heading up

Scrambling up the gully, I am near the top right of the picture, photo by Lance

Lance on the summit ridge

When we reached the summit the weather was truly outstanding. No jacket, gloves or hat needed. It certainly didn't feel like November at 14,000 ft.

Summit photo, I'm on the right

Awesome panoramic summit view, photo by Lance

We stayed on the summit for about half an hour. It was a wonderful summit experience, clear blue skies, warm with no wind and very quiet. I could have stayed up there for hours.

The route down the North Face was thankfully uneventful. We had to be careful on a few snow crossings where an ice axe came in handy. The most snow we encountered on the route was back in the trees.

Snow crossing on the descent

Heading back into the basin

A couple parting shots on the way out.

Photo by Lance

Photo by Lance

We made it back to the TH around 4:30. I couldn't believe that we had just climbed Mt Lindsey in those conditions without seeing another person the entire day. Fantastic day and a great mountain - I plan on returning to climb the Northwest Ridge sometime next year. Thanks for reading and happy trails.

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 Comments or Questions

Looks Like a Great Time!
11/10/2010 17:51
Great Pics!


What a great day!
11/10/2010 19:00
Great report, and you were so fortunate to enjoy such nice weather and the seclusion. When I did Lindsey this Summer I had to be constantly on guard for falling rock from the multitudes that were hiking. Congrats!

Dr. Dave


An Underrated Gem
11/10/2010 21:31
Nice TR. I agree that Lindsey is a really nice mountain. It tends to get lost in the mix with Little Bear and Blanca, but it's a beautiful approach and a fun relatively short climb. We went up the gulley and descended the ridge, which was a lot of fun. Definitley recommend it.
I can't belive how little show there was.


Very dry
11/14/2010 03:24
I was up there the weekend before and the snow really cleared out during the past week. Way to catch a nice window.

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