Combo Clinton/McNamee/Traver

Difficulty:  Class 2 
Summit Elevation: 13,857 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 10,950 feet
Elevation Gain:3,300 feet
Round-trip Length: 10.00 miles
Trailhead: Montgomery Res.
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 07/16/2005
Last Updated: 08/11/2012


Less than 1 mile south of Hoosier Pass, take the County Road (CR) 4 west from Colorado 9. Start measuring mileage when you turn onto CR 4. At 0.3 miles, stay straight. At 0.6 miles, stay straight. At 0.8 miles, go right on the higher road. At 1.4 miles, reach the parking area at Montgomery Reservoir. Cross a small bridge and continue around the reservoir. Near 1.6 miles, the road gets a little rough. Climb the hill for a bit and locate a turn-off to the left - at 1.7 miles. Turn left and park near a water shed and concrete wall. This is the trailhead.


Follow the Clinton Peak - South Slope Route to reach the summit of Clinton. The remaining route over McNamee Peak and Traver Peak is clearly visible from here - Photo #1.

From Clinton, McNamee is a 1/2 mile to the southwest - Photo #2. The ridge between the two peaks is Class 2 with some trail segments. With snow, the ridge becomes a little more difficult. Drop down from Clinton and begin crossing the ridge. Reach the lowest point just below 13,700’. There are a couple of sections that may force you to work around some rocks but the ridge is still straightforward. Photo #3 was taken near the middle of the ridge. Hike up the final pitch leading to the McNamee summit - Photo #4. The summit is littered with cables and other mining junk.

Traver is less than a 1/2 mile away - Photo #5. The remaining hike involves some rock hopping up Traver’s northwest ridge. Descend 150’ of elevation down to the easy saddle between McNamee and Traver. If you need to bail on this hike, this is a good place to turn left and hike back down into the basin. Follow a trail over to Traver and begin the final ascent - Photo #6. The climb starts out fairly easy but becomes steeper near the remnants of an old tower. Search for the easiest way up through the large rocks. The summit appears quickly after the brief section of light scrambling. Photo #7 looks back at the hike from McNamee.

For the descent, follow Traver’s east ridge down to 13,000’ where it curves north into the basin between Clinton and Traver - Photo #8. Drop into the basin and hike back over to the stream in the center. Retrace your earlier route and hike down to Wheeler Lake.

Taken from Mt. Lincoln, Photo #9 shows most of the route.


Stock vehicles shouldn’t attempt the very rough 4WD road up from the trailhead. This is one of the roughest roads in the area.


Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 Photo #4 Photo #5 Photo #6 Photo #7 Photo #8 Photo #9