North Star Mountain is located in the shadow of Bonanza Peak on its west side. Cloudy Peak is located to the west. No trails lead directly to the summit.
There is a elongated ridge on the west side of the mountain and a prominent round point which appears to be the true summit and is listed as such on the USGS quad map with an elevation of 8096 ft.
A cross-country hike can be made from Lyman Lake traversing across the lower slopes of Cloudy Peak and North Star Mountain.
The Bonanza Peak page
also mentions an interesting fact about the mountain. Evidently during the 1800s North Star Mountain was called Bonanza Peak and Bonanza Peak was called North Star Mountain. The names were inadvertently switched when USGS maps were published for the area. These switched names ending up sticking though.
For some additional great photos taken after digital cameras were invented check out the Cloudy Peak page
Cloudy Peak and North Star Mountain
North Star Mtn. and Bonanza Peak from Cloudy Peak
Cloudy Peak, North Star Mtn., and Bonanza Peak from Domke Mtn.
A brief description of several approach options is included below.
Good hike/climb to complete as part of an extended backpack trip in the area or while in the area climbing other peaks. Could be combined with Cloudy Peak.
Holden Village Approach
Take the Lady of the Lake boat up Lake Chelan to Lucerne. Ride a bus to Holden Village, grab some ice cream, and starting hiking to Lyman Lake (~16 miles and ~2600 ft. elev. gain).
Spider Gap Approach (Phelps Creek Trailhead)
Drive the long narrow bumpy Chiwawa River Road from Lake Wenatchee to the Phelps Creek Trailhead. Hike up Phelps Creek through Spider Meadows,over Spider Gap (ice axe recommended), and down to Lyman Lake.
Image Lake Approach
Head east a trail from Image Lake toward Lyman Lake and Holden Village. Very long approach. So long I'm not going to bother mapping it out at this time.
Could also potentially come up from Stehekin to reach the north side of the mountain.
Railroad Cr. Valley (Holden Village) from North Star Mtn.
Lyman Basin from North Star Mtn.
From Lyman Lake:
From Lyman Lake, hike cross-country through open meadows and then talus/scree (Class 2) on south side of North Star Mountain from Lyman Lake. It is a little over 4 miles roundtrip and ~2600 ft. elevation gain from Lyman Lake on a direct line traversing the lower slopes.
Could also traverse over from Cloudy Peak (~1.5 miles one-way). This may involve Class 3 or 4 climbing on Cloudy Peak's east ridge or could drop down south of the Cloudy Peak summit and around a cliff band.
Cloudy Peak from North Star Mtn. traverse
Glacier Peak from North Star Mtn.
- If approaching from Holden Village have to pay for the boat and bus rides.
- Wilderness permit required
- Free and can be obtained at the trailheads.
- Typical wilderness regulations (12 heart beat limit, no wheeled devices [e.g. bicycles, game carriers], etc).
- U.S. Forest Service Northwest Forest Pass does not appear to be required at the Phelps Creek Trailhead.
- For a list of Wenatchee-Okanogan National Forest trailheads requiring a Northwest Forest Pass for parking please see their website
- To avoid checking this website for every trip I recommend one of two things:
- Buy an annual pass and leave in your glove box so you have it either way (assuming you are going on more than a couple hikes for the year).
- Park at least 1/4 of a mile from the trailhead (some trailheads have signs posted just before arriving at the trailhead).
When to Climb
Summer and Fall.
- Ice axe would be useful in early season.
Campsites at Lyman Lake.
Great camp sites with a view above on the older Lyman Glacier moraine directly above Lyman Lake (green hill, not recent moraines).
Hart Lake below Lyman Lake offers good campsites.