Mount Lindsey

One of the four 14er summits in the Sierra Blanca Massif.

Alpine Climbing Moderate

Distance
12 km
Ascent
1.1 km
Descent
1.1 km
Low Point
3.2 km
High Point
4.3 km
Gradient
18˚
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Mount Lindsey Map

Description

Mount Lindsey forms a part of impressive Sierra Blanca Massif, which also includes Blanca Peak, Ellingwood Point, and Little Bear Peak. The standard northwest route mapped here isn’t technically the easiest route, but it’s recommended due to the quality of the rock on the route. While this ascent technically is a Class 3 climb, the Class 3 section is short. The quality of the rock more than makes up for a few difficult moves.

The route mapped here approaches via a lengthy hike on the Lily Lake trail and another unmarked trail. When you reach the main climb, you’ll be able to spot the steep gully that forms the majority of your technical climb. The climbing in the gully offers some relatively stable rocks, but always be aware of loose rocks and dirt. Some Class 3 moves are required, but the climb is still relatively non-technical.

14ers.com warns that "Once the snow has melted out of the gully used in this route, consider using the Northwest Ridge route instead. The ridge is steeper, more exposed and requires plenty of Class 3 scrambling but it's much more stable. However, if you are freaked out by exposure or don't think you're up to scrambling on steeper rock, stick to this route…”

The route included here in FATMAP follows the gully. But to follow the ridge route, simply stay on the exposed ridge and make directly for the summit of Mount Lindsey.

Sources: https://www.summitpost.org/mount-lindsey/150496 https://www.14ers.com/route.php?route=lind1&peak=Mt.+Lindsey

Difficulty

Moderate

May involve slightly more complex glacier hikes, easy but possibly long rock ridges and steep snow up to 45 degrees. Equivalent to PD, PD+

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Much of the route is difficult to protect and a fall could be disastrous at certain points.

Remoteness

4 out of 4

In the high mountains or remote conditions, all individuals must be completely autonomous in every situation.

Best time to visit

July, August, September

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