on the way out of a short backpack
A crew of 15 Santa Clara University students including myself set out for the Eastern Sierras with the Into the Wild club on Friday, Oct. 11. The following afternoon we left our cars at the Little Lakes Valley trail head and backpacked up Mono Pass (views to the South are outstanding). We ditched our packs at the pass and climbed East for half a mile to the top of Mount Starr, arriving just in time to enjoy the sunset from atop the Sierra Crest.
Checked out the South Ridge today, which somehow seems to have escaped the Internet's notice. (Just added a page for it.) A most excellent class-3 climb that I highly recommend. I then sashayed down a wide sandy chute on the East face for a quick and (relatively speaking) decent descent.
6hrs r/t from Mosquito Flats. Loose talus from pass. Next time go way out right and follow ridge line. Summit register at south and north summits.
Easy half day hike from Mosquito Flat. Fortunately, few mosquitoes, but hordes of people on the trail as the morning wore on, and it was a Tuesday! Very warm day.
Slept near the pass the night before, then scrambled up for some nice views of the Little Lakes area. I descended one of the scree gullies leading up to the summit from Mosquito Flat.
Nice day hike. Fun scrambling at top. Hard to tell which was the high point, so I climbed them both.
Went up from the trail aiming for the cornice on top of the ridge. Traversed the ridge to the true summit with the register
Hiked up to Mono Pass and then straight up the west face to the south summit, while the register was found on the north summit. Descended straight down a very dirty gully on the east side until meeting up with the trail.
Great views of LLV. A worthwhile summit.
Followed use trail from Mono Pass & scrambled through the rocks to the ridge. I think I tagged each high point, thinking it was the summit. Didn't find a register on any of them, but I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't look for long. Followed fun sandy chute down the east face for about 1/2 the elevation, then picked my way through the band of rocky cliffs using short chimneys and chutes. Fun day.
Very loose and very poor rock. Sucked.
Ascended via Mono Pass and descended via the East Face. South summit has better views, a more interesting summit block and feels higher than the northern summit. The traverse between the two is class 2/3 and worth doing. Fun outing.
Underrated summit in the shadow of giants like Morgan, Abbot, Mills etc. Easy trail to Mono Pass, not so easy slog up the increasingly steep and loose west face. Summit ridge is class 3. Maps and GPS all showing highpoint on north summit, but it's actually on south pinnacle (higher by about 5ft - recorded by GPS in stable weather). Superb views of LLV, Pioneer Basin and all the way to Ritter & Banner. Could even see Lyell peeking between them. Outran a mule train and smoke from the Aspen Fire on the way back.
With Rob after camping at Mills Lake previous 2 night. Hid our packs near Ruby lake, made our way up to Mono pass and then tagged the summit.
Having never been to Mono Pass or on Starr, why not take a quick trip and check out snow conditions. Yes, lots of fresh snow up there! Made south summit just as winds picked up and it began to snow. Class 3 boulders covered in a few inches of snow was just not COOL man!
Ambret went 40' higher and claimed success, so I guess I can't, but it sure felt like I was at the top of the mountain. Starr's a nice climb but what made this day special was the sight of pack trains wending their way through the snow, the windswept barren terrain and deep blue lake at Mono Pass, which gave the scene the feel of the Old West.
Wow! I'll be back up Rock Creek Road to take in those beautiful views again.