North Star Mountain  
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-07-22, By: kevin777r
Info: More or less summer conditions. Walked through a few patches of snow on the ridge, but never wore/wanted traction and probably could have avoided them if I had wanted to drop lower 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-06-03, By: davisrice4
Info: Snow from trailhead to summit of Northstar. Well packed down, spikes may be helpful. Skiing was good around 9:30. 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-05-16, By: pgerskovich
Info: Snow all the way from the parking lot to the top. I needed to use snow shoes to not post-hole. There is a cornice near the east peak you must get around. I found a path on the left side. I did not go to the true peak across the ridge to the west side because the ridgeline snow conditions looked too dangerous this time of year. I returned folllowing the top of the ridge on Hooiser Pass (rather than the snow covered road) because of less postholing. Nice climb. 
 
Route: Polaris Couloir
Posted On: 2019-04-22, By: Giant hills
Info: Parked a little over 1.5miles from trailhead snow bank blocking road. Flotation used to apron. Some dry spots here and there on the upper road but pretty much continuous. Snow was ok in the couloir small rock band sticking out in lower mid portion near that snow is shallow and easy to poke rocks unless further away. We took the right exit on the upper Y split. Snow was harder but still not bad. Left exit didn't seem as filled in and looked a little less steep. Started snowing pretty good when leaving so this might all be different now 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-04-07, By: osprey
Info: We started at 0645. Carried snow shoes but never used them. Ditched the shoes near the gate and put on either spikes or crampons. Very windy above the gate such there were ground blizzards heading up to the ridge. Wind tapered off later in the day. Some easily avoided cornices. Saw two people ascending Cristo and later skiing down. This is a beautiful ridge with no major difficulties making a great snow climb and is a most pleasant outing. The high light of my day was when a fellow osprey flew immediately overheard. We chattered excitedly for a few seconds and caught up with each other's family and then parted ways. Osperian is a compressed language such that we can exchange large amounts of information in brief bursts. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-04-06, By: stefan_SCHWEIZER
Info: Really warm in the sun. The snow was mostly very supportive in the AM. Even at noon I was not breaking in much. I was wearing microspikes and snowshoes, which were helpful for the hike down. 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-02-12, By: glenmiz
Info: Good day to be out today; wind wasn't too bad. Snow was firm almost everywhere - just a few soft spots. I used snowshoes on the way up to the ridge but spikes would have been sufficient. Switched to spikes on the ridge and felt better with my axe on the narrow parts of the ridge. 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-02-09, By: graberz
Info: MAde our way up the road and had to re break trail about 5 inches fresh. As you moved higher there was wind blown areas with mixed postholing. We used micro spikes only although snow shoes could've been used early. There was some decent traffic on the way down so the trench should be in place up the road. Windy and cold but very fun day. 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-02-02, By: Vincopotamus
Info: Firm snow along the whole route with minimal post hiking, no need for floatation. Microspikes were handy but very little ice along the route. 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-01-28, By: Giant hills
Info: We wore snow shoes from parking lot to the ridge. We jumped on the ridge proper instead of following the road and it was very straight forward. Could possibly follow lower road until next storm, looked pretty bare on the descent. Hard packed/wind blown snow on the lower part of the ridge and exposed dirt and rock with a faint trail to follow. Once on the ridge above the bowl it was continuous snow the whole way to summit. Nice little boot pack should be in place. Super super windy. We wore crampons because some spots were pretty hard packed and micros werent biting to well.we used our axe' s also. These gave us better traction and more stability to fight the wind. Great conditions and day. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-01-10, By: glenmiz
Info: Didn't climb this but see photo taken from Hoosier Ridge 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2019-01-04, By: WildWanderer
Info: 4WD road not open to vehicles but very packed down from hikers/skiers/ etc. Be extra careful when hiking near the ski/snowbard areas at 12,000' as snow is covering the entire road and the slopes don't look stable. No trail up to the saddle because of the wind, but I put in a pretty good trench on top of the ridge. There are a lot of medium sized cornices to watch out for. I wore snowshoes the entire day, but they weren't necessary: microspikes would be fine 95% of the time, and crampons the other 5%. I used my ice axe. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2018-12-02, By: Scary_Canary
Info: Beautiful day to start a hike out with. Temps were cold...-7 when I left my car, but it was really nice once the sun came out. Barely any wind the entire day, just slightly breezy in a couple areas. I started on the trail using traction and gaiters, not entirely necessary for the first bit, but they became useful for me the longer I went on. I only saw 1 snowshoer on the trail, she made it a little ways and then turned around a bit before treeline. From there, I didn't really see anyone else til I passed a bunch of people on my way back down; doing what I would assume was an AIARE, or some rescue course not far from the parking lot. Continuing up the mining road was mostly fine, no snowshoes necessary til just a little before you get to the gate. I passed this windblown section that was thigh deep. It was a short stretch, but a chore to maneuver because the angle It was at. However once you break away from the road and start ascending to the ridge, the climb became increasingly difficult. The snow was a mix of hard, icy and windblown, sugar, to many thigh and hip deep pockets, to exposed rocks. A few places I had an interesting go at getting myself out. Yay problem solving. After wading through mostly thigh deep snow for more than I care to admit, hoping it'd get better; I finally turned around. The hike back was quick however. Yes, I have realized having my snowshows 2.5 hours away in a different place, is a big problem I can no longer ignore...(I've made it ok til now) But now I -NEED- them... Stupid things. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2018-10-29, By: kingshimmers
Info: Road from Hoosier pass to the 4WD parking area is snow free. Patchy snow of questionable depth and thin ice on the southeast shoulder all the way to the ridge. Snowshoes were unnecessary and would be hard to use with all the exposed rock, though there is enough snow for some not-too-deep postholing in places. 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2018-08-12, By: E_A_Marcus_949
Info: Parked high-up on the 4WD road. Did this for sunrise, and it was easy to follow in the dark. Keep going up and down the bumps to the summit on the long ridge. 
 
Route: Polaris Couloir
Posted On: 2018-05-28, By: chiploomis
Info: Likely done for the season 
 
Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2018-04-25, By: koeffling
Info: Pretty good snow coverage from Hoosier pass. It warmed up quite a bit, even before noon on my descent. I saw some faint ski tracks but there are some shallow snow areas and hidden rocks here and there, but mostly you can get from start of the ridge to car on skis. I stopped before the summit due to a snow crossing on the ridge, was by myself but if someone else was there I probably would have gone for it. Views of Q attached. I wore snowshoes most of the day but I'm not sure it was necessary. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2017-12-03, By: Tornadoman
Info: Route is still in great condition. A mixture of snow (only a few inches deep at most) and bare ground. Used spikes and an axe (poles would work fine) for one section of the ridge. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2017-11-25, By: Grover
Info: The standard route is in great shape as this posting. The road/trail from the Hoosier Pass parking lot up to the the gates is at first hard packed snow, then the exposed parts of the road have minimal snow coverage. To gain the SE shoulder, the hike gets back into the snow, but I did not use/need flotation. The summer trail that stays south of the ridge is easily visible and you can move quickly on that section to the middle of the ridge. The ridge is spicy since it is narrow in sections and there is snow around and on the rocks. VERY WINDY all day. (Oohh, a summit in the Tenmile/Mosquito Range was really windy? Geeez, that's weird.) I used microspikes for all traction needs (and trekking poles). Brought crampons and ice ax with me, but did not switch over to them. I saw tracks of other climbers that did wear crampons. Choose what you feel comfortable with. 
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Route: Southeast Shoulder
Posted On: 2017-07-02, By: summitkate
Info: Pretty much summer conditions. Was able to summit without spikes. There are still a few small snow fields on the ridge, but can be easily avoided. 
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