Amazing autumn weekend to enjoy a hut and hike with friends. Gorgeous scenery.
March 12-13 2016
Kessler, Shaylee, and I started late from the trailhead (1:30 PM) and snowshoed up to the Polar Star Hut. It was snowing much of the time and the snow was very wet, which soaked everything. We made it to the hut in a relatively fast four hours.
We awoke to 16F and clear skies and decided that it was a good day to climb New York Mountain. We broke trail to timberline, at which point it was breezy and cold. We went over the big false summit and then followed the steep and sometimes rocky ridge to the true summit. Along the ridge, there were some monster cornices to stay away from.
The views were really great, but the climb took us much longer than expected. After a short break, we headed back down to Polar Star. After that we packed up and headed down, but we missed to turnoff for the shortest route, so we took a slightly longer route down. We were tired by the time we reached the vehicle.
It was a good trip.
Loop over New York, UN 12525 & "Finnegan" from Pole Star TH. Solo.
Climbed New York Mountain via Nolan Lake Trail. Did not see a single person all morning. Nice day and great views. Did this one solo.
Accessed on Polar Star road via dirtbike. The fall colors were in full swing.
Almost four decades after my first visit to this location.
Great easy hike on a perfect fall day!!
A great winter trip! I loved the Polar Star Hut.
Been up three times, pretty close to my house actually. First time up July 2006 in the fog with Foxy Long Bottoms from the Polar Star TH. Second time in August 2009 from Nolan Creek in combo with neighboring PT 12525. Third time in July 2017 with Rachael from Nolan Creek with 12525 Great Views of the Vail Valley and surrounding Holy Cross Wilderness Peaks from this one.