Peak:  North Star Mountain (13er)
 Route:  Southeast Shoulder
 Range:  Tenmile
 Posted By:  sdicenso
 Date of Info:  11/22/2020
 Date Posted:  11/23/2020

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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 Comments or Questions

snow cover down low
11/27/2020 17:22
What did the snow cover look like on the 4x4 road to the lake?

wow that's big!
12/04/2020 11:15
what if someone hiked that without a rope!

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