What's in this Area?
Lou Dawson refers to this line as a "Big-ol-strip-o-snow" in this book Colorado's Fourteeners Volume 1. The slope of this couloir is surprisingly consistent over it's entire length. It's incredibly wide (100+ feet), and fun line that seems to go on forever. It's also a very straight forward descent. What you see is what you get, because in fact, you can see the entire line from the top. This line may not easily go from the exact summit, so some down climbing over talus may be required. Both Lou Dawson in his 14ers guide book, and Bill Middlebrook on 14ers.com have excellent write-ups on this route.[more]
Clinton Peak offers a variety of spring skiing routes. There is skiable terrain on the north and south faces of the peak, as well as some couloirs on the east side. Terrain varies from open bowls to tighter steeper lines.
How to Get There
Located by Wheeler Mountain, and Wheeler lake outside of Alma, the peak is a little less than a mile from the lake.
From I-70, exit on Route 9 south to Breckenridge. Go through the town on the main road and go up Hoosier Pass. Take Road 4 west to Montgomery Reservoir. The trail starts at the north end of the Reservoir.
From the south, take Highway 285 to Fairplay, then Route 9 north to Road 4 on the left, just after you start to climb up to Hoosier Pass. Follow directions above to the trailhead.
There is plenty of camping in this area. Look out for bears and other wildlife.
South Park Saloon in Alma....
You will need a capable 4x4 Vehicle to get up the road.
"Wheeler Lake is one of those trails that has a little bit of everything. It has gorgeous scenery from the start at Montgomery Reservoir and the Magnolia Mill to the valley on the way to Wheeler Lake itself. Wheeler Lake is at the end of the trail, and it is surrounded on three sides by mountains forming part of the Continental Divide. It is a chilly lake at 12,200 feet. It seems to be raining on this trail most of the time, so prepare for lots of water.
The trail also has some 4x4 challenges that are very difficult for stock vehicles and provide lines that will make even a big rig have to work to climb."