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2014-01-03  Southeast Shoulder  The conditions we encountered on North Star were the same as the last conditions report for North Star posted by Sunny1 on Dec 27. From Hoosier Pass, trail is super packed leading to E facing slope. Once above slope, the snow is softer because there‘s less traffic on top, but it‘s short. Once out of the trees, which is rather quick, snowshoes were not used or needed. Spikes didn‘t seem necessary either, depending on your comfort level. I‘m posting a few pix of surrounding peaks if anyone is interested in coverage. 1st: Silverheels 2nd: Fletcher‘s S face, Atlantic‘s E face, & Pacific‘s SE face (l. to r.) 3rd: The E/W running ridge on N Star d_baker   2014-01-04 3     Edit Delete 
2013-12-27  SE Shoulder and Ridge  Road to beginning of SE shoulder is packed snow, easy walking. Ridge had some unconsolidated snow, but nothing too sketchy today. Did not need snowshoes or microspikes. Carried snowshoes, but stashed them. sunny1   2013-12-27  0       
2013-10-01  Southeast Shoulder  Road, trail and ridge mostly dry. Minor patches of snow in a few spots that were almost entirely avoidable. No gaiters and/or traction needed. Was a beautiful day with aspen at their peak in Breck. highcountryhiker   2013-10-02  0     Edit Delete 
2013-04-21  Southeast Shoulder  Snowshoes are definately useful. We shoe‘d from Hoosier to the saddle between the first and second bump. Took off the shoes at the first cornice before the middle bump. Avy risk is fairly minimal if you stay on top of the ridge. winmag4582001   2013-04-23 4     Edit Delete 
2013-01-05  South Face  Sorry I don‘t have any pics - no camera I did North Star from the Montgomery reservoir trailhead by walking up the road toward Wheeler Lake and climbing the south face directly near its western end. Made a big mistake - snowshoes are definitely necessary. I‘m guessing 3-4 feet off the side of the road. Looking over at Lincoln and Democrat the ridges were nearly completely windswept so there would be no problem there. Wheeler, Traver, and Clinton were covered from this side. Silverheels was completely clear above treeline and Quandry was almost the same. So if you‘re heading up there I‘d definitely recommend snowshoes but once you‘re up on something windblown you‘re good. jswiftcervelo   2013-01-05  0  2      
2012-10-20  East Ridge  Climbed Northstar from Hoosier Pass Saturday. Minimal snow on the first half of the route, but the ridge proper had snow throughout. I did not have axe or microspikes and was fine. Another good snow and these would both be beneficial. I‘ve been on this route in winter before and it‘s a great ascent with snow. The last person to sign the register was on 9/23, almost a month ago. Don‘t underestimate the length of the ridge either (weather), it goes on for a while. EatinHardtack   2012-10-22  0       
2012-03-09  Southeast Shoulder  Hard-packed or windblown to the first false. Minimal snow from there to summit. The "exposed" section has some cornicing, but nothing dire. Snowshoes unnecessary. Spikes/traction as to preference, but can be done without. When you first leave the trees, there is no reason to head straight up the hill unless you want to (i.e., going left on the road instead of right/straight up will not pose problems). The jeep road is fine. No avy concern through the first false‘s slopes if you‘re on route. JosephG   2012-03-09 2     Edit Delete 
2011-12-24  Southeast Shoulder  Followed road up to higher mine, descended more or less along the ridge. No snowshoes needed - deeper stuff easy to avoid. Ice axes/traction were not used. First avy spot is still tame with a bootpack and cornices along ridge are not fully developed and easy to hike through. Not ski-able. I have pictures of N Star and surrounding peaks if anybody wants them. Monster5   2011-12-24  0  1    Edit Delete 
2011-11-27  Southeast Shoulder  North Star - East Ridge via the Hoosier Pass Trailhead We decided to take the *standard* route. Avy danger was none, so we opted to travel the old mind road that goes from the Hoosier pass parking lot, up to an old mine and connect to the ridge at that point. The wind was crazy, so it was very nice to be able to tuck on the south side of the ridge from time to time to get some reprieve. The road from Hooiser pass parking lot up to the mine on the south side of North star was snow covered. It wasn‘t bad enough to warrant snow shoes or other flotation. The ridge itself is sparsely covered in snow that also didn‘t warrant snowshoes, crampons or ice axe. The wind was abundant, however. sevenvii   2011-11-28  0     Edit Delete 

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