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Star Mountain
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Star Mountain

Star Mountain

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Colorado, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 39.06145°N / 106.53325°W

Object Title: Star Mountain

County: Lake

Activities: Mountaineering

Season: Summer

Elevation: 12941 ft / 3944 m


Page By: nader

Created/Edited: Aug 29, 2009 / Nov 10, 2016

Object ID: 546864

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North Face of Star Mountain
North Face of Star Mountain as seen from Route 82


Star Mountain rises above Route 82 in the Sawatch Mountains of Central Colorado. Along with the famous Fourteener La Plata, Star Mountain is well visible from the switchbacks on Route 82 east of Independence Pass.

Like the tip of a peninsula, Star Mountain is surrounded by valleys on three sides. Its only connection to the other mountains is via a ridgeline to the southwest. This ridgeline gives rise to a series of three unnamed high points with elevations in the 12000 ft range before connecting to the 12957 ft Ouray Peak (and ultimately Grizzly Peak).

Star Mountain can be accessed from Mc Nasser Gulch to the southwest. The USGS Map shows a trail that goes from the Mc Nasser Gulch Trail to the top of the mentioned ridgeline (see map). This trail is also referenced in some of the guidebooks. In August of 2009, however, I was not able to see any sign of this trail. If such a trail ever existed, it has now most likely faded away. Reaching the top of the ridgeline, therefore, requires hiking up steep grassy slopes.

From the summit of Star Mountain you will have good views of much of the northern Sawatch Mountains including Colorado’s highest and fifth highest peaks Mt. Elbert & La Plata Peak. Portions of Route 82 and Twin Lakes will also be visible.
East Face
East face of Star Mountain as seen from Route 82

Views from the Summit of Star Mountain:

View of Route 82 & Independence Pass
Independence Pass
View of Lackawanna Peak (Point 13823 ft)
Lackawanna Peak
View of Mt. Elbert & Twin Lakes
Elbert/Twin Lakes
View of La Plata
La Plata

View of Sayres Gulch
Sayres Gulch
Views of Peekaboo & South Fork of Lake Creek Gulch
Peekaboo Gulch
View of Grizzly Peak
Grizzly Peak
View of Peak 13198 ft & Mountain Boy Park
Mtn Boy Park

Getting There

Southwest Face of Star Mountain
Southwest Face of Star Mountain as seen from near Point 12743 ft

Directions to Mc Nasser Gulch Trailhead:

From Independence Pass on Route 82, drive 9.3 miles east (or 14.5 miles west from junction of Routes 82 and 24) to the “South Fork of Lake Creek Road” (FR 391) (the parking area for La Plata Peak Trail is in the same area). This is a dirt road that is rough with many pot holes but is technically a 2WD road.

Turn south onto the South Fork of Lake Creek Road. At 2.8 miles go straight (right). After 3.3 miles you will reach the junction of “Mc Nasser Gulch Road” (FR 394). This is your trailhead (10760 ft)

4WD can continue another 1.1 miles to road closure at 11360 ft.

Mc Nasser Gulch Road
Mc Nasser Gulch Rd
On Mc Nasser Gulch Road
Mc Nasser Gulch Rd

Red Tape

No fees or permits for day hiking.

For other regulations, see the site for San Isabel National Forest.

Grassy Slopes
Grassy Slopes
View from Grassy Slopes
View from Grassy Slopes
Grassy Slopes
Grassy Slopes


See the forecast for the nearby town of Leadville, CO.

Grassy Slopes/Bowl
Grassy Slopes/Bowl/12420 ft Saddle