Peak(s):  Mt. Lindsey  -  14,042 feet
Date Posted:  07/12/2020
Date Climbed:   07/11/2020
Author:  hotrodlx
 Easy Class 3?   

Is this an Easy Class 3? That depends on a lot of factors. 7/11/20 I watched 4 people (recorded on gopro) almost die in a rock slide coming down the gully (there was zero snow). I say DO NOT ATTEMPT this route without a lot of snow on it. You may pay with your life.

Northwest ridge route is the only moderately safe choice when summiting without snow. The real work begins on the ridge- everything else is just one foot in front of the other. If you go to the left of the "horn" there are a few trails and carins marking fairly easy ascents. On the right of the horn are some others. None of those routes are easy to see, so people default to the gully route - at their peril.

If you are a good climber - no problem- Easy Class 3. If you aren't an Avid climber, route finding is EVERYTHING on this summit. Be prepared to back track at altitude, a number of times, to find better routes. If you climb straight up the ridge you can get stuck on a knife blade and slick granite really fast. I ascended to the right and descended to the left.

You could get a dog up there - but don't do it as a novice - you or the dog - and not without harness and ropes for both of you. My german shepherd has done 12-14 peaks with me including blanca. I didn't take him up this one. Glad I didn't because I was leading a group. with 1-2 people and a dog you can find routes to the top if you're willing to look. But lots of skinny knife edges and loose rock wherever you go.

I attempted this in snow - a year ago - and got stuck in a blizzard on the ridge and had to descend. Also, the trail in the lowlands is invisible in the snow and you have to make your own way. This time, without snow, trails are pretty easy to follow and enjoyable scenery with wildlife - foxes, rocky mountain sheep, deer, etc. Fish in all the lakes too. A lady caught a 15" cutthroat in lilly lake. That's worth a visit, but almost as tiring as lindsey!

In snow, the route is 2-4 miles longer at a minimum - just getting to the trail head. No snow you can get a 2wd high clearance vehicle to the top - I watched a toyota camry do it - don't recommend that - there are 2 giant holes within the last 1/2 to 1 mile from trail head that I couldnt pass w/o damage to my small 2wd suv. Again, route finding!

If you've done longs and blanca this is a good next mountain.

Comments or Questions
Mt. Lindsey
07/13/2020 16:03
If you follow the route description, it's "Easy Class 3." Sure, there is some loose rock but it can be mitigated by staying slightly on the high side (right) of the gully as you approach the notch/col at the top of the gully. The sequence of photos in the route description provide the necessary information to stay on-route and avoid more-dangerous terrain and backtracking.

As the route description also indicates, the Rockfall Potential is "considerable" but this is the case for many 14er routes in Colorado, including standard routes.

Also, this is not a trip report but you're welcome to re-post it in the Peak Conditions section. Thanks

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