Traver Peak
East Ridge
 Class 2 
Trailhead:Montgomery Res.
Start:10,950 feet
Summit:13,852 feet
Total Gain:2,950 feet
RT Length:9.00 miles
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:8 reports
Cell Signal:1 report
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.


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.


Hike northwest and west over 2.5 miles up the rough 4WD road into Platte Gulch. Near the end of the basin, stay right as the road climbs up to Wheeler Lake at 12,168â. The lake is over 3 miles from the trailhead. 1 shows the route from this point. The road ends on the left side of the lake. Find a trail that continues north. Before reaching the north end of the lake, turn left and find a smaller trail that leads up a gully to the right of some cliffs - 2.

Above 12,400â, reach the start of the large basin that leads to Traver Peak, Clinton Peak, and McNamee Peak. There is no trail on the remainder of the route. Continue to the center of the basin to locate a small stream. Traver Peak is ahead to the southwest - 3 and 4. Keep hiking up to 12,900â in the center of the basin. Look for the lower portion of Traverâs east ridge where it ends to the left of the stream in the center of the basin. Hike over to the base of the ridge and look for a stable point to begin your climb south onto the ridge.

At 13,000â, you should be climbing up the north side of the ridge - 5. Pick your way through talus to gain the crest of the ridge at 13,200â. Turn right (southwest) and continue up the east ridge - 6. Near 13,400â, the ridge becomes steep but there are several ways to safely continue higher. Follow the obvious ridge up to the summit. 7 is another view from Clinton Peak. 8 looks back down on the route and 9 is the view of Mt. Democrat.


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