Star Peak A  
Condition Updates  
Route: North Ridge/Face from Taylor Park
Posted On: 2021-05-29, By: Wildernessjane
Info: Summited Star Peak today from Taylor Park. You can get into the summer trailhead now but the stream crossing right after the trailhead is running high. We elected to go on the opposite side of the drainage so we could start out with dry feet, which involved a fair bit of shenanigans. Snow conditions in the upper basin and on the face are still skiing very nicely. The snow was getting pretty soft already by 9:30 am and so no Taylor Peak for us. There were signs of new wet slides on some adjacent peaks as we were skiing out. On the way out, we were able to stay on skis all the way to the initial stream crossing by staying on the opposite side of the stream (where the actual trail is). If I were to do it again, I would bring shoes to cross the creek in the morning and then stash them for the way back. 
Route: from Taylor, NE face
Posted On: 2021-05-06, By: SnowAlien
Info: Fantastic conditions right now, very little wet slide debris. With a solid freeze we were able to ski both peaks. Road is gated at Pearl pass turnoff. Snow starts about a mile up the road, well before the hut. We went up Taylor first and skied the east face (great coverage), traversed around to Star and skinned up the face to the saddle ~13,300 ft, booted the ridge from there. Dropped the 2nd line @noon, still solid conditions. Exited the ~12,600ft (lower) saddle between 2 peaks, perfect corn in the basin, even trees down lower were still solid. Do not recommend approach via North couloir (we almost took it), doesn't look like that ridge goes. June couloir doesn't appear to be in. 
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Route: Northeast Basin and North Ridge from Taylor Peak A
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: supranihilest
Info: From the summit of Taylor Peak A descend the ridge and talus into the basin below the ridge. You could probably traverse the early part of the ridge but I doubt it's worth the trouble, just drop below it all and begin a lengthy and extremely tedious sidehill on very loose talus towards Star. There are some ups and downs along minor ribs but the difficulty never exceeds Class 2. Once in the upper northeast basin you'll find yourself below a great gully. There's a big ugly block of rock in the middle and either side of the gully around the block can be ascended or descended. Neither is really better than the other and both are steep and extremely loose. Ascend to the ridge, then head south, at first on the east side of the ridge (the west side is almost vertical) and gain the ridge as soon as it makes sense. The east side of the ridge is very steep, very loose, and covered in up to knee deep sugar snow, disguising all the garbage rock below. The ridge is narrow but a little better than making an ascending traverse on the dangerous rock/snow combo. Difficulty is somewhere in the Class 2+ range but the risk and consequences are very, very high on this part in current conditions. It's only a few hundred vertical feet but requires great care. Don't blindly grab rock as most of it is ready to slide. To descend retrace your steps, being very careful as you go. At the top of the gully descend back into the basin then head south, picking your way around cliffs and such, until you're in the forest, continuing until you find the trail. Take it back to the trailhead. I would consider boots or some kind of warm, waterproof footwear mandatory in current conditions. I didn't use an ice axe or traction despite the snow but traction would probably have been a smart move - bring it and if you don't use it no problem, but I suspect most will want it. 
Route: from Taylor Peak A
Posted On: 2020-10-30, By: WildWanderer
Info: See Taylor Peak for approach pictures/conditions. Snow conditions on Star Peak are similar to Taylor Peak. I gained the ridge to the right of the gully, as the snow in the gully was sugary and not consolidated. The rocks to the right of the gully are rubbish and roll. The ridge is narrow and extra time was necessary to avoid punching through snow/dislodging rocks. I wore spikes from the summit back to my truck. 
Route: West Face
Posted On: 2020-05-12, By: Grover
Info: If you are contemplating Star Peak, the Cooper Creek drainage still has plenty of snow in it. From Road Closure up the Lindley Hut, there is only a small amount of snow on the road, and it was melting fast. You can walk this 2 mile section. Snow from Lindley Hut up to the West Face was continuous, but very hard early in the morning. The couloir to reach the weakness in the North Ridge on the West Face is losing snow. Only 65% is covered (Picture 1), and it was very solid/icy; crampons and ice axe are required. Transferring to the East Face, snow was much softer getting an early sun hit, and I used the initial spine to get onto the ridge (Class 3 / Class 4), as the snow was giving away under foot at the rocks right there. If you are thinking of attacking Star Peak from the East Face (see: bergsteigen trip report), the snow is continuous from the summit down into the valley, and would be far more ideal to be on compared to hardened snow I encountered in the 'bowls' of the Cooper Creek Valley. FYI: Elk Range Peaks should have some new wet snow on them today, Tue, 5/12, as it rained most of the day in Aspen on Mon, 5/11, and the Aspen Mtn. snow stake showed 4" of new snow last night, which is at 11,200 ft. 
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Route: From Taylor
Posted On: 2019-09-18, By: tdawg012
Info: Summer conditions on traverse..dropped to 12.4K at Saddle to avoid the nasty east ridge up Star. Followed furthermore's path on way to some 12ers south. The west decent gully off Star was as loose as he described. Be wary 

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