Mount Lindsey is one of over 50 mountains in Colorado that are over 14 thousand feet tall (14,042 feet). Located in the southern part of Colorado in the Sangre De Cristo range, southwest of Colorado Springs, the mountain offers hikers beautiful views and a challenging route.
How to Get to Mount Lindsey
From Denver, drive south on Interstate 25 to Walsenburg. From there drive northwest on state road 69 to Gardner, CO. Continue through Gardner, turning west to Mosca Pass. At the road junction with U.S. Forest Service Road 580, turn left. By this point the road will have transitioned from pavement to dirt. It is possible to drive most of the way in a 2WD vehicle, although the last bit of driving to the Lily Lake trailhead is rough, and 4WD clearance may be preferred.
Be aware of private and public boundaries, and do not camp on private land. On Forest Service land there are plenty of pullout spots along either side of the road for car camping. For more detailed information on driving directions, see 14ers.com.
Hiking Mount Lindsey
The trailhead for Mount Lindsey begins in a parking area for vehicles, with a steep cliff and stream off to one side. Follow the trail up to a trailhead register. Once past the register the trail passes through meadows to a stream crossing. The stream crossing can be tricky, especially in the early morning in fall when ice may begin to form on rocks and logs, making it slippery.
Once across the stream crossing the trail continues uphill through forested terrain. As the trail begins to climb out of the trees a mine shaft entrance is visible on the right side, across from a stream. The end of the first part of the Lindsey climb finishes above this mine, in a bowl where surrounding peaks are visible, including the false summit of Mount Lindsey.
Now at the treeline, continue hiking uphill to a pass. This pass overlooks to south to a valley below, and the trail continues left uphill towards Lindsey. Follow the trail to another pass, and follow the ridge right. The terrain uphill looks challenging from a distance, but is doable.
From here the route gets trickier, where hikers have to find their way through scree rocks. Loose rocks can make for tricky scrambling, so wear a helmet to protect from rockfall.
Once through the scramble area the final stretch of the trail is clear to the summit. A summit register is maintained by the Colorado Mountain Club for hikers to log their ascent. To the west are Blanca, Ellingwood, and Little Bear peaks. Return to the trailhead via the same route.
Things to Consider When Hiking Mount Lindsey
- Begin hiking early in the morning, especially during late summer months, to avoid thunderstorms.
- Bring a helmet when negotiating the rock scree area.
- Bring a hiking stick or trekking poles, especially for the downhill, to protect the knees from impact.
Mount Lindsey offers hikers beautiful views and a challenging hike for those interested in climbing one of Colorado’s Fourteeners.