Silver Star Mountain (Okanogan) Climber's Log

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Tnarg

Tnarg - Sep 20, 2019 5:42 pm

Going to have to try again

We went up the Silver Star Creek approach. By the time we got to the col at the top of the glacier, below the summit block, the weather was looking sketchy and a member of the party was having difficulty so we made the decision to descend back to camp. I'll be back,

kronshage3

kronshage3 - Apr 15, 2019 9:19 pm Date Climbed: Apr 14, 2019

Via Silver Star Creek  Sucess!

The road was open to the Silver Star Creek gate making this route accessible. Camped the night before at the Goat Creek Sno Park. Basically a massive dirt parking lot, nobody there, dispersed camping if you want, and a very clean bathroom (with toilet paper). What a gem. Keep it secret. The climb itself was a long and tedious day. Snow below treeline was solid and crunchy. Trees are fairly dispersed so no bush to wack. Above treeline the snow was basically just knee deep powder. Around 5,300 feet where the valley starts to open up, went straight up the open slope and onto the the flatter area near 6,500 feet. Went up past the left most of the three cleavers and made a straight shot for the col in between the two summits. The whole part was a workout and a half. That snow was merciless powder. The summit scramble is not bad. Lots of very solid holds, not too much exposure, just a little tricky fitting in some spots. Definitely some snow and ice on the rock. The descent was quick. If skiing is your thing, I bet you could make it off the entire mountain in less than an hour. Lots of good opportunities here if you have the skills and energy.

chandlerhaberlack

chandlerhaberlack - Jul 24, 2018 5:25 pm Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2018

fun mountain  Sucess!

Sixth Bulger peak. Knee gave me a lot of problems on the way down.

Matt Lemke

Matt Lemke - Jun 14, 2018 10:42 am Date Climbed: Jun 1, 2018

Solo via Burgundy col  Sucess!

6 hours round trip solo trip. Fresh snow on silver star glacier slowed progress a little. Rime ice on summit rocks made things a tad bit spicy!

NWNav

NWNav - Jan 18, 2015 3:47 pm Date Climbed: May 29, 2013

Wish I'd Brought Skis

Beautiful climb, so nice to get out and get some sun in May! This was the trip that convinced me to invest in AT gear.

ericwillhite

ericwillhite - Jul 13, 2014 12:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 12, 2014

Burgundy-Silver Star Glacier  Sucess!

Up Burgundy Col, across Silver Star Glacier, up East Peak.

ThorsChosen

ThorsChosen - Apr 9, 2014 12:20 am Date Climbed: Jun 13, 2001

Summit  Sucess!

Did this climb as part of a 13 day mountaineering course. Beautiful area. Had a nice bivouac at the saddle.

Josh Lewis

Josh Lewis - Jun 11, 2013 11:59 pm Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013

Long day, but Good  Sucess!

This was a great work out with a fun glissade down the Silver Star Glacier. The trail was a bit brushy with blow down, but I suppose I should have expected that. On the way down had a little bit of navigation difficulty near the head wall. But eventually we decided to just go down a gully regardless to if it was "the right one". The sun was setting and we all wanted down the mountain.

Redwic

Redwic - Jun 10, 2013 11:01 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013

Awesome Trip!  Sucess!

The Silver Star Creek route is a great, fairly straightforward approach with an actual unmaintained path for the first half of it. There are two "crux" sections along this approach which require extra attention. The first crux section is figuring out how to ascend the steep headwall which leads to the upper basin. The second crux section was at the summit block, itself. Overall, this was a great peak and we visited while conditions were still OK... although 1-2 weeks earlier (with a little more snowpack) would have been much better.

Jimbopo nearly fell into an undersnow stream during the descent, and fortunately held himself up out of the hole. As for Gimpilator's comment, I was not even touching the stove-sized boulder (he exaggerated the size); I was walking next to it when a fist-sized rock beneath it popped out (releasing the boulder). Fortunately, nobody else was anywhere near that section, and it made us all much more alert for boulder scrambling during the rest of the trip.

Mike Lewis

Mike Lewis - Jun 10, 2013 3:50 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013

Glacier  Sucess!

Clear skies, calm winds and just barely enough snow made this a good day trip with Redwic, Gimpilator and my brother Josh Lewis. Crevasses were not active but the snow was much less than expected for the time of year -- started at about 5,200' elevation. Surprised to meet up with a group from the Mountaineers en-route to the summit. As others have already stated, I expected an easy class 3 scramble and it was a bit more difficult. Lots of blow-down in the valley along Silver Creek and thinning snow in the basin below the glacier made travel tedious. Gorgeous setting though!

gimpilator

gimpilator - Jun 10, 2013 3:41 am Date Climbed: Jun 9, 2013

Silver Star Creek Route  Sucess!

Lots of talus on this route. On one steep talus slope, Redwic pulled down a boulder the size of a car. It was scary to watch, but luckily he stayed out of the way, and was unhurt.

BKW

BKW - Oct 1, 2012 12:48 am Date Climbed: Sep 29, 2012

South Gully Scree Bash  Sucess!

We decided to bash out the South Gully Route to avoid the possibly nasty Silver Star Glacier. It was a nice direct route with beautiful views. Unfortunately, the upper route follows a seem of the most rotten, crappy rock on the mountain. Climbed with OneHikeaWeek, amoung others.

tcingrum

tcingrum - Sep 19, 2012 8:30 am

Carryover  Sucess!

Steep, rugged mountain.

kevinsa

kevinsa - Sep 15, 2012 7:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 3, 2010

Silver Star  Sucess!

Ascended via South Route, descended via the glacier and Burgundy Col.

ClimberCrabs

ClimberCrabs - Jul 17, 2012 8:32 pm Date Climbed: Jun 16, 2012

Maybe next time.

First attempt at Silver Star after eye balling it for years. We went up Burgandy Col without much trouble, steep but easy to follow. The clouds that had been lingering all day finally socked in the summit when we were heading up the glacier. Looked like it was going to get nasty and the hour was getting late so we bailed and headed back for brats and beers at the campground. I've been dreaming of this one too long not to come back, maybe next year.

dan-o

dan-o - Aug 12, 2011 5:16 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2011

Great Ski  Sucess!

Beautiful day, great views, great ski down.

erickn8318u

erickn8318u - Jun 24, 2011 7:07 pm Date Climbed: Jun 21, 2011

Via Burgundy Col & then down Silver Star Creek route  Sucess!

My first real glacier-type excursion. Still tons of snow for the first day of summer. Awesome sunny day although when I started up Burgundy Col the sun hadn't hit the snow yet so it was ice...what a trek. Long day, but awesome. Worst sunburn of my life on my face and lips (found out that one application of sunscreen isn't enough in June on a glacier).

Dan Winter

Dan Winter - Jun 21, 2011 11:16 am Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2011

Silver Star Creek   Sucess!

A great trip in a very beautiful area. My partners K-Unit, MVP, and Montana made it one of the funnest trips I have ever done.

ExcitableBoy

ExcitableBoy - Dec 29, 2010 10:01 am

Via Burgundy Col

Turned around by weather.

Doehle

Doehle - Jul 19, 2010 5:52 pm Date Climbed: Jun 12, 2010

Via Silverstar Creek  Sucess!

Great day out. Some lingering deep snow up on the glacier made for some tough trail breaking. Amazing clear views from the summit

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