Started from Hoosier Pass at 5AM. Took East Ridge to summit North Star. Connected to Wheeler, then to Clinton, then to McNamee, then to Traver. Descended into basin and took 4WD road back. Back at car around 1:45PM. No wind and lots of sun. Actually started to pour, hail, and storm as soon as I got back. The crux of this route is the headwall along the ridge to Wheeler. This ridge rapidly changes from Class 2 to 3 to 4. Trust no rock because there are lots of loose holds. Also, lots of spider webs along the ridge past the headwall. If you hate spiders as much as me, it may make you turn around.
the road up to Wheeler Lake is indeed rough- I was shocked to see some Jeeps and trucks (all modified) going up this road. It was not great for walking as a lot of it is under water right now. I was surprised to find snow heading up from wheeler lake that was fairly steep (I ended up using an ice ax to negotiate the snow on the way down). The basin above Wheeler Lake is actually quite beautiful (especially for the Mosquito Range). Unfortunately, the view of the Climax mine on the other side was not so great
Came up Traver's west side from Fremont Pass (fun), then made the long traverse. Trip report.
With Michelle. Light snow on ground, brisk fall wind on summits and ridge. Mostly sunny, no precip. I say "Pseudo" because I went up the east ridge of Clinton too early and climbed some other unnamed summit which was pretty fun and actually higher than Traver.
Traver to Clinton and down to Wheeler Lakes
A long day with the trudge up (& down) the road to Wheeler Lake. Ascended over the east false summit. Descended more directly off the south side. Centennial #66.
Still a lot of snow. Ascended via Wheeler road, which was heinous - deep puddles - not frozen in early am, patches of deep soft snow (had to carry my skies through this for about 2 miles), then could skin up.
Easy way up Traver, narrow snowy corniced traverse to McNamee, up Clinton, back to Traver and to my skis, pretty good ski descent (snow got heavy by the time I was ready to sk down), and the last 2 miles suffering of carrying skies though puddles of cold water, which actually felt refreshing.
Together with Traver
Once up on Clinton, it was a breeze to do the next 2.
Looks like this would also be a great winter/spring ski tour.
Clinton, McNamee, Traver loop. Altitude sickness got me at the end. Great peaks though.
Nice day. Snow was a little soft by the time I was on the ridge due to my late start (8am from Montgomery Lake). Crampons were good to have. No one else to be seen anywhere.
Nice day to be out! Great snow climb on Clinton and fun glissades.
Nice loop from Montgomery Reservoir. Started with Lincoln, ended with Traver. The road wasn't a ton of fun to walk for the first couple miles though..
Big puddles on the road. A lot of 4WDs. Nice views of nearby peaks.
Ski descent from the summit. Best ski conditions so far this spring. Climbed with Scot, Mike, and Craig.
Clinton, McNamee and Traver peaks traverse. Nice day, snow was too soft but still great day!
Second time up, went up some northeast facing slopes to the east ridge and skied back down the south slopes off the summit. Went up with Floyd, Cheeseburglar and Astrobassman. Good snow conditions, still a lot of snow in the upper basins but the first mile of the road is a mix of patchy snow and melt-off condtions (running water, puddles, mud etc).
Summited Clinton, McNamee and Traver from Montgomery Reservoir. Overall a great day hiking/scrambling along the Continental Divide. It was also nice not seeing anyone, including 4 wheelers, on the entire route. Solitude is bliss. It reminded me of a similar trip a few years ago climbing French, Frasco and Casco.