Peak(s):  North Star Mountain  -  13,614 feet
Date Posted:  07/06/2011
Date Climbed:   07/03/2011
Author:  mlayman09
 North Star   

Start Time: 6am
Summit: 8am
End Time: 10:30 am
Starting elevation: 11,520
Summit elevation: 13,614
Elevation total gain/loss: 4,188
People: Aaron Voth (mennoguy), Matt Layman (mlayman09), Ben Goossen

Three of us got up at 4:30 at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp (where we work) and drove the hour and a half to Hoosier Pass Trailhead near Alma Colorado. It was surprisingly warm when we stepped out of the car at 6am, around 45 degrees. We went up the western side of the pass on a gravel road. About 3/4 of a mile in we had to cross a minor snowfield that was in the shade. Nothing too sketchy. Continued on the road then cut up the ridge. We saw a fox and he followed us for a little while. Checked out old mines near the ridge and even spotted a mountain goat near the high point of the ridge. We finally gained the ridge and made our way along it to the summit. There is not much snow left on either side of the ridge or on top of it. Took in the dramatic views of Quandary to the north and Lincoln to the south. At the top there are two summit registers, so we signed both. Aaron Voth (mennoguy) had some kinder chocolate that he shared with us which was delicious. Barely any wind on top and it was sunny, so we wore out t-shirts up top and on the way down. Took us about 2 hours to get up at a leisurely pace, and my gps said it was 3.99 miles to the top from the trailhed to Hoosier Pass. Went on down and took our time and even tried to glissade a snowfield about half of the way down. The sun had warmed the snow a little too much however. Great day to hike, weather was perfect, wildlife abundant and the views incredible.

My GPS Tracks on Google Maps (made from a .GPX file upload):

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