Mt Lindsey Route Guide | An Exciting Class 3 Climb

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 go with the gully approach, you can plan your trip with this Mt Lindsey Route Guide.

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Mt Lindsey Route Guide Fast Facts

Mt Lindsey Route Guide - Northwest Gully

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.

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.

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.

Little Bear Peak Standard Route Guide

A map is a key necessity for climbing. Save this image on your phone and print out a copy to bring with you. It’s a key part of our Mt Lindsey Route Guide.

In addition to reading my Mt Lindsey Route Guide, take time to research the weather conditions for your climbing using these sources to start:

Mountain Forecast Mt Lindsey

NOAA Weather Forecast Mt Lindsey

Hiking & climbing 14ers is an inherently high-risk activity – do so at your own risk, and use the following best practices to help keep yourself safe.

  1. Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map.
  2. Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.
  3. Bring the Ten Essentials and the knowledge/skill to use them.
  4. Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary.
  5. Start early, and end early: Be back at tree line by noon to avoid lightning.
  6. Bring a buddy on your first ascent, preferably someone experienced.


Hiking, scrambling and climbing up Colorado’s high peaks are inherently high-risk, dangerous activities. There is a significant risk of injury or death, even with proper planning and experience. Those using my Mt Lindsey route guide accept all risks associated with climbing 14ers and do not hold this website or any information they obtain from it liable for any accidents or injuries that occur while engaging in these activities on Colorado’s high peaks. It is each hiker or climber’s responsibility to research their route carefully, bring the ten essentials, and practice other safe practices, though even these precautions do not eliminate risk and danger. Visit these summits at your own risk.


About the Author: Alex Derr

Alex Derr is a mountaineer and blogger based in Denver Colorado. He is working to climb Colorado’s highest 100 peaks, and the 20 tallest peaks in California. He created The Next Summit to share advice, stories, history & reflections from the Colorado Rockies & Sierra Nevada. When not climbing, he is managing the Communications strategy at Visible Network Labs.