Peak:  Clinton Peak (13er)
 Route:  South Slope
 Range:  Mosquito
 Posted By:  madmattd
 Date of Info:  10/19/2019
 Date Posted:  10/22/2019
 Details

Attempted Clinton Peak from Montgomery Reservoir Saturday morning. All wet spots on the road mentioned in prior reports were covered in 1/2"-1" of breakable ice with plenty of water beneath, but side detours were always available. The road itself had generally 1" of snow until the final climb to Wheeler Lake where 6" drifts started showing up. From the end of the road up to the upper basin there were constant drifts, often knee-deep, mixed among the rocks, making for tricky footing (might be a hole under this snow, might be a rock, who knows!). We turned around at 12,900' as the wind was ramping up and the mixed conditions were getting obnoxious and didn't look like they would change. We brought but did not use microspikes, though we thought about pulling them out once or twice on the road in the morning, the ice was never consistent enough.

A side-by-side made it up to the lake during our descent, but that may not be doable much longer.

Likely things changed with Sunday's snow.




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