Mt. Lindsey is largely privately owned, however permission is granted to climb the peak via the northwest gully or ridge routes. These are both class 3 climbs, requiring comfort with exposure and a bit of scrambling skill. The Gully route here is best used in early summer when there’s still stable snow to climb. In later summer you may wish to climb the more exposed but stable northwest ridge. If you decide to try climbing Mount Lindsey, you can plan your trip with this free Mount Lindsey Route Guide.
Climbing Mount Lindsey: Fast Facts
Climbing Mount Lindsey - Northwest Gully Route
Note: This gully route is best used when there is still stable snow in the northwest gully. In later summer you may wish to climb the more exposed but stable northwest ridge. If climbing the gully, use this Mt Linsey Route Guide.
From the trailhead, Hike along the Lily Lake trail about a mile through meadows until you come to a junction. A sign states the Lily Lake trail continues right. Stay straight along the unmarked trail. Cross the river shortly after and then follow the trail along its banks. 1/4 mile later, begin climbing to the right away from the river, with a large boulder field to your left.
Hike up 500 to 600 feet until the trail reaches a large gully. Follow along the sides of the gully to continue moving upward, crossing and moving back into trees. Leave tree line around 12,000feet at a crest. From here you can finally see Mt Lindsey ahead of you, the first time as you are climbing Mount Lindsey.
Now continue hiking across the large, high basin ahead of you. The Iron Nipple, a large rock outcropping overlooks you to your left. You will drop a bit, following the trail towards Mt. Lindsey.
From a flat are around 12,250 feet, follow a small ridge which takes you to the saddle between Mt. Lindsey and the Iron Nipple. From here you can see Mt. Lindsey’s north face and the gully ahead of you. Hike along the ridge until 13,200 feet where you turn and head towards the gully.
The gully is loose and semi-steep. Take your time, and if there is stable snow, crampons and an ice axe. Without snow, you may need to do a few simple class 3 moves towards the top. Finish by passing through a notch at the top. Once through, the hardest part of climbing Mount Lindsey is over.
The summit is close! Continue crossing several shallow gullies, gaining altitude as you go. There are trail segments and cairns to follow here as you go if you look carefully. This section can be steep until you hit the ridge at 14,000 feet. Continue south to reach the summit a little less than a quarter mile away.
Enjoy your accomplishment at the summit! Make sure you head down with plenty of time to reach tree line by afternoon. I hope you enjoyed my Mt Lindsey Route Guide. Safe travels on the trail and good luck climbing Mount Lindsey!