Ascent of Star Peak on 2020-08-22

Climber: Harry H

Date:Saturday, August 22, 2020
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Star Peak
    Elevation:8690 ft / 2648 m

Ascent Trip Report

Roads in great condition, trail head easy to find, only saw 3 other parties on trail. No snow on trail. Helmets recommended for small sections. Not many bugs. Party of 4.5 (Luna came)

The initial trail is easy to follow and well worn in. The log cross at 0.2mi in is ok but its not ideal, we crossed it on the way over, but its easily avoidable. About 300 feet or so closer to the trail head there is a rock crossing, you need to cross and go up river a bit but it was much simpler and faster.

There were multiple options for campsites along the way up to the saddle of Courtney and Star as well as plenty of streams in case you needed water. Courtney is an easy hike from the saddle and we had great views from the top.

We camped at Star Lake which had a few established camp spots.

Star required a bit more of a scramble and there was a longish scree/boulder field starting 7500' Its also possible bypass the initial saddle and go straight up, but I would only recommend this going down as it is much easier and your not sliding down every few steps. In addition there is rock fall danger here so its best to wear a helmet and take turns. The summit push is a long hike up boulder fields and there is no real path just take the most direct and easiest one.

The trail leading off from West Fork Buttermilk trail towards Oval peak is a bush whack all most of the way, with intermittent trails here and there. There are a few streams to collect water as well as a pond at about 6900 and another around 7200. It starts to get steep around 7600' and we followed a set of trees to the ridge. From the start of the ridge to the summit its a boulder field and its best to take the easiest looking route, generally along the ridge is best in most situations. We took the same way back down past the ponds, then it was a bush bushwhack all the way back down to the trail. There are a lot of downed trees and logs to get over, its quite a slow process to accommodate extra time for this.

Summary Total Data
Ascent Part of Trip: Start, Courtney and Oval (1 nights total away from roads)

Complete Trip Sequence:
1Star Peak2020-08-22 
2Courtney Peak2020-08-22 
3Oval Peak2020-08-23 
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