Mount Starr

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Mountain/Rock
Location:
California, United States, North America
Elevation:
12835 ft / 3912 m
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Mount Starr
Created On: Sep 15, 2002
Last Edited On: Jul 6, 2005

Overview


Mt. Starr is located in the Rock creek region of the Sierra Nevada mountains. Rock Creek is a extremly beautiful area where the Little Lakes Valley, with its string of lakes, is surrounded by several 13 thousand foot peaks. Mt. Starr isn't one of the premier peaks in the region, but it is a worthy day hike that has outstanding views. Hike up the little lakes valley trail till it intersects with the mono pass trail. Take that to the top of mono pass then scramble up the peak to your right. The views from the top include the beautiful little lakes valley, Mt. Morgan, Mt. Dade, Mt. Abbot, Mt. Mills, Bear Creek Spire, To the North Pioneer Basin, Mt. Huntington, Mt. Hopkins, Mt. Crocker and much more!!

Getting There


From Scenic 395 turn 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 Mosquito Flat Trail head parking lot.

Red Tape


To my knowledge nothing is needed for day hiking this peak. To do a backpack trip into the region you would need to contact the White Mountain Ranger station down in Bishop.

When To Climb


Mt. Starr is climable all year, but in the winter the road is closed and you would have to snowshoe or ski in or catch a ride on the snow cat that services Rock Creek Lodge. Summer is best.

Camping


The East Fork campground is a excellent place to car camp. There are other campgrounds in the canyon, check with the Inyo National Forest. Or you could backpack into the wilderness area and camp(permits required)

Mountain Conditions


You could call cal trans or check 395.com for weather conditions


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clmber14 - Jul 30, 2003 5:12 pm - Hasn't voted

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there is also a good dayhike to the top of mount starr from the north. Start at the hilton lakes trailhead just above Rock Creek Lake and climb up the bowl to the top of Half Moon pass. After descending over a short class 3 section of the pass on the other side, go south and climb back up to the top of the ridge via a small saddle on the very northern end of Mt. Starr (easy class 2). follow the ridge south to the summit and exit via the mono pass trail back down to Rock Creek. This route makes a great dayhike for those who want to hike a cross country loop.

Bob Burd

Bob Burd - Oct 3, 2003 12:26 am - Hasn't voted

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The summit is a long ridge running north-south with several summit blocks of similar height. While the northern ones seems to be the highest, the southernmost one is where the register is located.

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