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,
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.
Sixth Bulger peak. Knee gave me a lot of problems on the way down.
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!
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.
Up Burgundy Col, across Silver Star Glacier, up East Peak.
Did this climb as part of a 13 day mountaineering course. Beautiful area. Had a nice bivouac at the saddle.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Steep, rugged mountain.
Ascended via South Route, descended via the glacier and Burgundy Col.
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.
Beautiful day, great views, great ski down.
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).
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.
Turned around by weather.
Great day out. Some lingering deep snow up on the glacier made for some tough trail breaking. Amazing clear views from the summit