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
. 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