North Star Mountain  
Condition Updates  
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2022-07-20, By: mtngoatwithstyle
Info: Drove to Hoosier Pass,where I parked. Took the road and followed directions to the gated road and to the right. Road up to where you can park at 12K has some big and deep ruts, so if you do have quite a bit of clearance, that may be what you want to do. A Subaru would not be able to make it, though. Past the road where the gate is, to the right, I encountered many cairns on the way up that did not "match" the GPX file on this page but still brought me up enough to reconnect with the route below the ridge. The ridge is dry and in great shape. I truly enjoyed it. Right before the false summit, as your are cruising on the beautiful ridge, suddenly, everything changes and it is all big rocks that one needs to navigate and traverse as the ridge proper is too narrow and exposed to do so. It is here where I had to turn around because clouds were building behind the summit and I could see potential for a storm. I am glad I did as when I was coming down, I heard a rumble. I would say that this part before false summit may be a little more than class 2, maybe class 2+. No navigation problems as you just need to keep going forward and then eventually go up past that part but if it definitely is a surprise to encounter and one needs to take its time to traverse. Great day!. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2022-06-27, By: madadraw1
Info: About 1 inch of fresh snow on the ridge from the prior day's storm, but no traction needed/didn't slow things down much. If you forget the day's prior storm, summer conditions except for one short area on ridge with unsupportable snow — traversed off ridge to the north for very short stint on talus to avoid. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2022-01-03, By: astranko
Info: First avvy slope on 4wd Road is passable on mixed dirt/rock, although not for much longer. Slope below first false summit is wind-blown and passable on the 4wd road from the low saddle without avalanche concern. Ridge to summit doesn't have much in the way of "real" cornices yet. A few small sections that you need to be careful of. Did the whole thing in just mountaineering boots, but brought crampons. Mixed snow conditions from hard wind slab to sugar depending on where you are on the ridge. It's in great condition right now. Get at it. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-12-04, By: wintersage
Info: Depressingly dry with patches of ice at the beginning. The ridge is loaded with snow and has a few cornices but the postholing is minimal. I carried snowshoes all the way up and down but never had to use them. Did not have to use microspikes either. Despite the wind, it was quite warm at the summit. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-11-07, By: Alpinefroggy
Info: Lots of unconsolidated 2-3ft drifts on parts of the road to the beginning of the ridge, bypassable by hiking on the rocks but these areas turned into postholey uncomfortable messes of sugar snow. Ultimately bailed at 12,900 or so due to 40+ mph winds. Ridge looks corniced. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-08-18, By: snigrus
Info: Summer conditions. Ridgeline very traversable. Parked at Hoosier Pass and made it basically to the second summit and back in ~5 hours, watch said 8.2 miles. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-06-02, By: Brittanyjomad
Info: Only made it to the AllTrails “summit” at 13,438 ft about a mile shy from the true summit due to the snow covered ridge we didn't feel comfortable on with the dogs. Crampons would be a must for that section. Most of the trail was dry until you reach the mine and then it was mostly snow but with some dry areas. Did not use any traction. Started at 5:40 am, hiked 2.8 miles to the false summit before the final ridge and made it there at 7:30, back to the car at 8:30. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-05-25, By: tylerreedjohnson
Info: Started right before sunrise at Hoosier and skinned up to the false summit with just 2-3 steps over exposed rocky bits. Big cornice over tractor bowl, another cornice right at the false summit that can be easily dodged with a good bootpack to the south. Stashed skis and proceeded along the knife edge ridge traverse to the true summit. Ridgeline has a fair number of cornices to be managed with some major exposure, ice axe highly recommended. Nailed the ski down at corn o'clock. Lapped a little 900' run between the cornice above tractor bowl and the top of the dirt road a few times before heading home. Dirt road is mostly snow covered, maybe 0.25-0.5 mile total over three sections on dirt instead of snow. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-04-25, By: gluckhikes
Info: Broke a massive trail to the false summit with an 11 person CMC group. Did not continue on ridge due to high winds, knife edge snow conditions, and group size. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-04-20, By: hhoetmer
Info: Flotation necessary until on the high ridge around 13,200' & then the snow firms up and the ridge narrows with steep/slick snow. Crampons and ice axe from there on out. There was a solid skin & snowshoe pack up until around 12,800 and then I was on my own from there. My tracks quickly filled in with the new snow and wind, so don't expect to have a trail to follow. Summer trail had old avalanche debris over it, some skiers opted to cut above it. Be comfortable making terrain choices based on conditions. Lots of cornices on ridge to true summit. I wish I had better pictures, but I was inside a cloud most of the day & couldn't see much. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-04-11, By: awpalmer27
Info: We started at 6 am and there was a good freeze the night before. Didn't bring snowshoes and were happy we left them in the car. Micro spikes were useful once up on the ridge. 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-02-14, By: climbingcue
Info: We used snowshoes the entire time both ways. There are many parts that you might be able to get away without them. Totally your call.we put in a nice trench, but with the winds it will be gone pretty quickly. Lows winds and a great day to be out hiking. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-01-24, By: gluckhikes
Info: Previous report confirmed. I summited without flotation or traction. Don't forget gaiters though, it does get deep in a couple spots. Dusting of fresh snow this afternoon. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-01-20, By: daway8
Info: Did the entire route without using traction or floatation. There were a few icy spots and I did do a little postholing now and then (in a few isolated spots up to my knees) but there was never enough of this to feel the need to gear up (your tolerance level may be different). Took the road up, it was fairly well tracked for much of it but there were a couple of concerning wind loaded slopes hanging over the road in spots. Wind gust forecast jumped to 50mph at the last minute and I think it hit that at least a few times. Took 5hrs to reach the summit fighting into the wind but 3hrs to return with wind mostly at my back. Ridge line from falsely labeled summit at the start of the ridge (I call it Baby North Star) to the real North Star at the far end of the ridge was far more dramatic in appearance than in summer - sometimes coming up to one narrow spike of snow with large, steep snow fields dropping off the side but there were decent tracks already set in across most of it. Staying on the very top of the ridge seemed to generally be the best route under the current conditions. Will add some photos later. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-01-02, By: kalestew
Info: We took the rocky slope directly up the shoulder (pictured) instead of the road to avoid deeper patches of snow. Bluebird day, was a great snow hike. Only needed snowshoes for patches of windblown snow around 12,300'-13,000'. I personally didn't make it to the west end of the ridge (a.k.a. the proper summit), but the other 2 in my group continued on and said it was a real slog getting through that final mile of ridge in such deep snow (also pictured, to the left of the mountain goats). gpx is on AllTrails: http://bit.ly/jan1-north-star 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2021-01-01, By: Snow_Dog_frassati
Info: Taking the ridge all the way from Hoosier Pass its pretty straightforward and safe albeit taxing in deeper snow. Snowshoes would be smart for a few sections but you could probably make do - we did put in a good trench that might stick around for a short while. I think some would appreciate traction even though I didn't use any Also - don't get fooled by the false summits! 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2020-12-06, By: Agstrohmeier
Info: North star is in pretty fun shape right now. We brought snowshoes for the area between the road and the ridge, it was nice to have but if you don't have snowshoes you could still make it. Snowshoes not needed on the ridge. Very little ice on the ridge but some soft snow is the only issue so some postholing. Area does not look worth skiing right now, a lot of crust and facets... And still shallow. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2020-12-04, By: lkk8815
Info: The road portion from Hoosier pass is snow packed. I was happy to have snowshoes above ~12k to the ridge. No ice on the ridge, just intermittent snow. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2020-11-23, By: sdicenso
Info: The road to the gate is more snowpacked and hardly any ice. Dry right before the gate. We made it to the false summit on the ridge but deemed it unsafe to summit on icy conditions along the ridge. Can avoid a lot of the snow on the way up if you stick to walking up the talus. We came right down the snow, postholed a few times, but snowshoes would be overkill. Definitely a lot of dry spots, was kind of shocking the lack of snow. Would not be good for a ski descent. One guy on cross country skies coming up the road on my way down was having issues. There were people on sleds at the bottom, so look out for those crazies or try the shortcut through the trees. Not many people that we saw trying for the summit, most turned around due to the ice. Nice warm day though. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2020-11-06, By: DeadlyFall
Info: Snow on ridge and some parts of the trail but no traction necessary. 

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