Elevation Gain: 3500 feet
Starting Location: Lily Lakes TH
Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
I've fallen behind in my archiving 14er summits. Early in July I climbed Mount Lindsay located in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range. It was a beautiful day and the weather held out the entire time. The Lily Lakes trailhead requires quite a journey to arrive. The last 20 miles or so is on a dirt road and takes about one hour to drive. Right before I hit the dirt road I hit a bunny rabbit while driving about 70 mph. It slightly dislodged my already damaged bumper and I had to thread a plastic bag through the holes in the bumper liner to temporarily reattach it. Eventually I arrived at the trailhead.
|Lily Lakes Trailhead|
|Tremendously scenic day right off the bat.|
|A closer look at the cave seen in the last picture. At least 6 US presidents are believed to be buried here.|
|Mt. Lindsay dead center and the basin I would cross and climb out of.|
|Looking from about halfway to the saddle above the basin.|
|Out of the basin, on the saddle with the rest of my route in view.|
There were a few loose spots, a few steep spots, a few breaks for water, and a few minutes later I was standing on the summit of Mount Lindsay.
|Liitle Bear Peak, Blanca Peak and Ellingwood point all visible. All are above 14000 feet themselves as well|
|These are my wife's favorite pair of sunglasses I own. She says they make me look really cool.|
Pretty uneventful hike down. This was by far one of the more scenic mountains I have ever climbed. I am writing this about 2 months after hiking it so I don't remember a lot of details. Definitely one that I would do again.
Notes to self:
-When writing about killing bunnies remember to post pictures
- bring helmet
- never lose these sunglasses