|2016-11-20||Route: Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver
Posted On: 2016-11-20, By: brerrabbit
Info: Light snow beginning near the switchback portion of the road. Trail gaining the Traver/Clinton/McNamee basin is a bit deeper, likely in the 8-15" range with some postholing if stepping in certain areas. Gained the ridge via a south-facing couloir with minimal snow. Ridge has some snow but was completely manageable without microspikes. Did not use microspikes the whole day. Lots of talus intermixed with trap door snow which makes for a tedious climb, generally present above 12,500'. PM for pictures.
|2016-10-22||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2016-10-22, By: madadraw1
Info: Snow starting to stick. Found snow mostly above 12.5K feet once left Wheeler Lake and the trail behind. Often found ways around it but often easier to just walk through it. No issues without traction and did not need gaiters. With a 6AM start, the snow was soft and not icy at all by the time we hit it. Maybe 30-40% thin snow coverage above Wheeler Lake.
|2016-09-05||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2016-09-05, By: LetsGoMets
Info: Summer conditions overall, no snow on the entire route. 4X4 road is it's normal wet in places.
|2016-08-12||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2016-08-15, By: flyingmagpie
Info: The stream midway up the road is still running full (as in the June report). Had to detour uphill following a path in the willows to find dry rock to put my feet onto. Leap was barely doable, but I made it. Wheeler Lake road and the road below still running water in many places. No snow on the route. Some snowfields up near the top of Clinton easily avoidable. Roach calls the climb "the easiest" in his 13er book, but that is because the road could be driven with a stock 4wd back then. Only highly modified 4wd rock climbers can drive the road now. Approach is long. Walking any 4wd road is tedious and hot (think: Lake Como road). Time above treeline in the sun is long. But this is overall a rewarding climb through spectacular cirques. I had the whole mountain to myself all day, though there were other hikers down by the lake, and a few 4x4 enthusiasts driving their rigs on the road as I headed out.
|2016-06-25||Route: Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver
Posted On: 2016-06-26, By: skypilot
Info: The road to Wheeler Lake is very wet, although from past trip reports it appears that this is not that unusual. There are well established walk-arounds for the numerous places where the water is too deep to walk through, but I was still glad I had good water-proof boots. It does get more difficult to keep your feet dry as you near the steeper ascent to Wheeler Lake - I elected to bushwhack up the slope rather than attempt to navigate the raging stream coming down the road. There is a cairned route up to the lake that leaves the road just east of a major stream intersection (I found this on the way down). Once up at Wheeler Lake, you'll need to navigate up a steep slow-covered slope to get into the upper basin between Traver and Clinton. I used snowshoes on the way up and microspikes on the way down (but microspikes would have worked both ways without too much post holing). Walking sticks helped too. The upper basin is melting out fast but there's still enough snow to make navigation difficult. Since I had snowshoes, I used them, but if you stick to the east side of the basin and head toward Traver ridge you can avoid most of it. The south slopes route to Clinton still has a fair amount of snow -- I opted instead to climb Traver Peak first and then circle around to Clinton Peak along the ridge, bagging McNamee in the process. Then I reversed course for the return, circling back to McNamee before dropping down into the basin, angling for the lower parts of Traver ridge to avoid snow.
|2015-11-22||Route: Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver
Posted On: 2015-11-23, By: Unknown
Info: Patchy snow on the first mile of the approach, from there snowshoes are a must till you reach the upper basin at about 13k. There‘s one questionable slope from Wheeler lake up to the upper basin, choose your line wisely. The trench we put it *may* be ok, but use your own judgement. I also should note that we heard two small avalanches on the back side of North Star Mountain.
|2015-09-27||Route: Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver
Posted On: 2015-09-27, By: BagginPeaks
Info: Did the combo Traver - McNamee - Clinton from Montgomery Reservoir. There is an old jeep road/trail that skirts the SW side of Wheeler Lake after the parking area. Soon you will see the gully/talus slope to take into the high basin. The terrain from here on is off-trail, talus, and tundra. The upper basin could be confusing to some, study your map and use your routefinding skills to find a line up, paralleling the stream. Stay on the rocks as much as possible and not the fragile wetlands. When convenient, pick a line and gain Traver‘s East ridge. The talus gets tedious. Traverse to Mcnamee and then Clinton is straightforward, took me less than an hour with no time spent on Mcnamee other than to take a picture of the Climax glory hole. Once one Clinton, continue over the summit and down the ridge maybe 50 feet before starting a scree-filled descent of Clinton‘s South Slope. Retrace your steps back through the basin and back down to Wheeler Lake (hopefully you made mental images of what it looked like behind you as you were ascending).
|2015-06-27||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2015-06-29, By: Kitten
Info: We parked at the 2WD trailhead. The 4WD is passable to about 1.2 miles before the lake. Many vehicles had made it to the first patch of snow, after that we didn´t see any vehicle making it, may tried but none succeeded. Peak still holds quite a bit of snow. Required gear: microspikes, ice axe and gaiters. The gulley ascending to the basin has snow and so does the upper slope. Glissading down was fun! I plan to put up some pictures once I get them onto the computer.
|2015-05-02||Route: North Couloir
Posted On: 2015-05-07, By: bjburg
Info: We skied Clinton‘s north couloir from Clinton Reservoir on Saturday. Conditions were great so came back on Sunday to ski the nearby Drift Peak‘s Northwestern Face from Mayflower Gulch. Clinton Pictures: http://www.skithegarage.blogspot.com/2015/05/clinton-peak-13857-ft-north-couloir.html Drift Pictures: http://www.skithegarage.blogspot.com/2015/05/drift-peak-13900-ft-northwest-face.html
|2014-05-18||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2014-05-18, By: Grover
Info: Since I stood atop Traver Pk. today, here is the view of Clinton Pk., in case anyone was curious about the coverage. The east slope leading to the summit of McNamee was entirely covered with snow.
|2013-06-02||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2013-06-02, By: mrickers
Info: Went up Clinton today. Still LOTS of snow up there. I didn‘t ski it, but a summit ski is definitely still in. Continuous snow starts around 11,600‘. The road below there is pretty much a river. I brought slowshoes, but did not use them...probably postholed less than 10 times the entire day. Was happy for an ice axe contouring above Wheeler Lake and on the final pitch. Image #1: Looking up the S Slope from ~13,200‘ Image #2: Monster summit cornice Image #3: Just above Wheeler Lake Image #4: Democrat N Face
|2012-06-03||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2012-06-04, By: denvermikey
Info: Still some snow fields to deal with. Snowshoes would be overkill, traction probably not necessary (we had neither). Able to kick step in just about all areas that we needed to. We did posthole in a few areas, some places upper thigh high. May get worse as snow melts more. Gaiters might be the only thing that would have been nice, but we did fine without.
Posted On: 2012-05-28, By: Monster5
Info: Traversed from Wheeler, descended E slopes of McNamee. The road from Montgomery Res is mostly snow-free. Hefty vehicles were making it to the junction heading up to Wheeler Lake (though tearing the tundra up in a drift spot). Crampons/axe used on Wheeler, but it would probably go without. Scramble section dry. No gear needed for to traverse to/descend Clinton/Mcnamee. Essentially dry or consolidated snow. In the morning, spikes and axe may be useful in gaining the upper basin. A bit of skiing still possible off of Clinton, but it‘s melting quick.
|2012-04-22||Route: Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver
Posted On: 2012-04-22, By: Matt Lemke
Info: Went and climbed Clinton, McNamee and Traver today. Any car can get to the Montgomery Reservoir TH and we started at 7am. The Wheeler lake Jeep road is basically snow free for the first half mile. Otherwise solid snow covering the road to the lake. Wheeler Lake was still completely frozen. We followed fantastic bucket steps all the way up the slopes of Clinton. Who ever went up Clinton yesterday....THANKS!!! Fantastic snow conditions that were great for glissading but we noticed LOTS of snowball rollers as we glissaded. Probably not the best idea but we stayed on slopes below 40 degrees. Traverse over to McNamee and Traver was easy...not much wind either. Got back to the car around 2:30. Around 3:30 the clouds all banded together and the drive back was cloudy.
|2012-04-05||Route: Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver
Posted On: 2012-04-07, By: JosephG
Info: The road to Wheeler Lake is 90% snow-covered, but if your threshold for post holing is average or better, snowshoes are not necessary. Gully to upper basin is snow-covered, and traction is helpful. Upper basin is 60% melted out. You can choose/avoid snow part way up Clinton, and traction is helpful if you select snow. If you go out of your way, you can take snow to Clinton‘s summit. Traverse to McNamee and Traver only requires minimal adjustment for snow. Ridge down Traver is not an issue. Good skiing apron from Clinton‘s summit to the upper basin. Pic 1: The road in and an overview. Pic 2: The Ridge to McNamee. More snow here than over to Traver. Pic 3: Looking back at the route up Clinton. Pic 4: Democrat.
|2012-03-17||Route: Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver
Posted On: 2012-03-21, By: benners
Info: Skied Clinton and Traver on Saturday via the South Face and East Face respectively. Decent coverage on both peaks, particularly Traver‘s East Face. Clinton was in from the summit down the South Face to 13,300‘, Traver was in from just below the summit to within a half a mile of the car. For photos, take a look at the short TR I put up on my blog: http://exploretherockies.wordpress.com/2012/03/17/searching-for-snow-in-the-mosquito/ Cheers!
|2011-01-29||Route: South Slope
Posted On: 2011-01-30, By: BobbyFinn
Info: Well packed trail or firm snow (mostly) to the headwall (just above Wheeler Lake) to the upper basin, Snowshoes were helpful from about 2 miles in until Wheeler Lake. We saw some cracks in the snow on the climber‘s left side of the headwall, so we ascended further right, but still left of the summer route, using crampons and axe. Snowshoes were helpful in the upper basin, but not very necessary. The East ridge of Traver is generally unsupporting snow between rocks. The south slopes of Clinton look blown clean. 1st pic is of the south slopes of Clinton. Second is of Traver on the left looking up the upper basin.