Mount Starr is located in the Little Lakes Valley area of the Sierra Nevada mountains, south of Mammoth Lakes. The Little Lakes Valley is an extremely beautiful area with a string of lakes, surrounded by several 13k peaks. Mount Starr isn't one of the premier peaks in the region, but it is a worthy day hike that has outstanding views.
Mount Starr is one of the most accessible summits in the area, but it cannot be considered easy. A trip to the summit isn't for those afraid of heights. There is some scrambling involved.
The views from the top include gorgeous lakes along with Mt. Morgan S, Mt. Dade, Mt. Abbot, Mt. Mills, Bear Creek Spire, and to the North Pioneer Basin, Mt. Huntington, Mt. Hopkins, Mt. Crocker and much more!
Mount Starr is accessed from the scenic and spectacular U.S. 395 that runs along the east side of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. To get to the trailhead for Mount Starr, turn west into Toms Place/ Rock Creek Canyon about halfway between Mammoth Lakes and Bishop. Drive all the way up past Rock Creek Lake to the end of the road at the Mosquito Flat Trailhead parking lot, 10.4 miles from U.S. 395.
From here, there is access to the primary Mono Pass Trail route or the East Face route. More details are found on the route pages. For the Mono Pass route, Mount Starr can be combined with nearby peaks. Probably the easiest one of these is Lookout Peak 11,902', which also requires scrambling, but is more fun and less technical than others in the immediate vicinity.
There are no restrictions for day hiking Mount Starr during the summer and early fall months. To do a backpacking trip into the region you would need to contact the White Mountain Ranger Station down in Bishop at 760-873-2500.
Mount Starr is most accessible during the summer months and early fall. The road is closed during the winter time and generally opens after the snowmelt. Primary hike times are June-October.
There is plenty of camping options in the area, as well as at the trailhead. For more information, see the Little Lakes Valley page.
Call the Ranger Station in Bishop 760-873-2500
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