North Star Mountain
Southeast Shoulder
 Class 2 
Ski/Board: Advanced, D5 / R2 / II  
Trailhead:Hoosier Pass
Start:11,540 feet
Summit:13,614 feet
Total Gain:2,400 feet
RT Length:8.00 miles
Weather:NOAA Forecast
Conditions:65 reports
Cell Signal:1 report
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? (WINTER) HOLD ON! If you don't have much high-elevation, winter climbing experience, be careful in your planning and take a partner. All 14er routes are more difficult and more dangerous in winter.


From Breckenridge, Drive south on Colorado 9 to Hoosier Pass. Park at the signed, Hoosier Pass parking area before Colorado 9 starts down towards Alma. This is the trailhead.


1 and 2 show most of the route. On the west side of the parking area, start up a dirt road which heads northwest. At 11,600', stay left at and continue up the good road ( 3) to 12,100' where the road crosses a large, open saddle - 4. Stay on the road as it curves west to a gate.

Turn right at the gate and hike up to some old mining roads. Turn right again and zig zag northwest up North Star's southeast shoulder - 5 and 6. You'll probably find a faint trail on the upper shoulder. Near 13,200', angle left beneath the 13,400-foot point on the east end of the summit ridge and follow the trail to a small saddle on the summit ridge.

Hike west along the narrow ridge - 7. Once on a high point, near the middle of the ridge, the summit becomes more obvious - 8. Continue along the ridge ( 9) and over a few remaining rugged sections ( 10) to reach the summit - 11.


It is possible to drive higher than the Hoosier Pass parking area. The 4WD road continues up to 12,100' where you'll find parking off to the right.
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