Mt. Lindsey Trail
ElevationAscent: 3,346' 1,020 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 14,020' 4,273 m
Low: 10,674' 3,253 m
GradeAvg Grade: 21% (12°)
Max Grade: 59% (31°)
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“A beautiful alpine trail with a fun scramble just below the summit of 14er Mt. Lindsey.”— Tyler Prince
From here, the grade cranks up. Follow the trail up 600 ft and come to a low-grade drainage to your right. Follow the trail along the gully before running back into the trees. Reach tree line at around 12,000 ft, just about 3 miles in. The going is slower from here.
Drop a hundred feet or so, heading to the left into the basin between Mt. Lindsey and the Blanca Massif. Follow the mostly class 1, occasionally rocky trail southeast. Come to a flat area around 12,200 ft before continuing back up to reach another flat area at 13,000 ft. It's rockier from here on out. Reach the 13,200 ft saddle between Iron Nipple (13,000 ft, to the left) and Mt. Lindsey (14,042 ft, to the right).
Follow the trail to the right along the rocky saddle. The northwest ridge is fairly clear, with a brief, steep face about halfway up. The rock here is solid. The gully to the left, which is the standard route, is loose and unpleasant, but makes for an easier descent. Follow the trail, running left of the ridge, onto a talus field below a steep gully. Run up and to the right across the talus, reaching the bottom of the gully in a few hundred feet. Continue up the rocky, loose gully for about 300 ft before coming back to a gravel trail. You may encounter climbers coming from the ridge below. From here, it's just a couple hundred yards to the summit.
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Land Manager: USFS - Rio Grande National Forest Office