|Peak:||North Star Mountain (13er)|
|Date of Info:||09/23/2019|
An incredibly tedious route. Take the road for several miles (stay left at the first junction; the downloadable route GPX on this site does not show the first mile of the road, for some reason) to where the road splits at some downed mining buildings. There will be a gate, it has a "Private Property" sign but the gate was wide open and I don't know how you'd climb the peak if you stayed off, so just ignore it. Take the right branch here, the left branch skirts far below the ridge. March up the slope which is amazingly uniform in both angle and terrain consistency, taking either old mining roads (they snake and twist and merge and split all over the place) or cairned trail segments towards the eastern point on the ridge. This is the one marked on topo maps as the summit, but the summit is still over a mile away. The terrain in between each of the three high points is just a ton of Class 2 granite and it's exceptionally tedious going across the entire ridge to the true summit, which is the farthest point. Retrace your steps on the ridge to the second/middle point, then keep an eye out for smashed up mine buildings and a trail that goes below the eastern point on the south side of the slopes. This trail goes right past the highest mine building (which is complete ruins at this point; be wary of rusty nails) and traverses the hillside so you don't have to regain the final point. From there join back up with the nest of mining roads back to the main road and to Hoosier Pass.