North Star Mountain - Southeast Shoulder

Difficulty:  Class 2 
Ski: Advanced
Ski "D System": D5 / R2 / II  
Summit Elevation: 13,614 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 11,540 feet
Elevation Gain:2,400 feet
Round-trip Length: 8.00 miles
Trailhead: Hoosier Pass
Author: BillMiddlebrook
Route Added: 07/20/2004
Last Updated: 08/16/2013
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From Breckenridge, Drive south on Colorado 9 to Hoosier Pass. Park at the signed, Hoosier Pass parking area before Colorado 9 starts down towards Alma. This is the trailhead.


Photo #1 and Photo #2 show most of the route. On the west side of the parking area, start up a dirt road which heads northwest. At 11,600’, stay left at and continue up the good road (Photo #3) to 12,100’ where the road crosses a large, open saddle - Photo #4. Stay on the road as it curves west to a gate.

Turn right at the gate and hike up to some old mining roads. Turn right again and zig zag northwest up North Star’s southeast shoulder - Photo #5 and Photo #6. You’ll probably find a faint trail on the upper shoulder. Near 13,200’, angle left beneath the 13,400-foot point on the east end of the summit ridge and follow the trail to a small saddle on the summit ridge.

Hike west along the narrow ridge - Photo #7. Once on a high point, near the middle of the ridge, the summit becomes more obvious - Photo #8. Continue along the ridge (Photo #9) and over a few remaining rugged sections (Photo #10) to reach the summit - Photo #11.


It is possible to drive higher than the Hoosier Pass parking area. The 4WD road continues up to 12,100’ where you’ll find parking off to the right.


Photo #1 Photo #2 Photo #3 Photo #4 Photo #5 Photo #6 Photo #7 Photo #8 Photo #9 Photo #10 Photo #11