Silverstar and Vasiliki Tower

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Washington, United States, North America
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Aug 11, 2010
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Silverstar and Vasiliki Tower
Created On: Aug 13, 2010
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It was the point in the summer where Jason and I were ready for some solid rock climbing minus any bushwhacking. So, we decided to climb the East Face (aka Rebel Yell) of Chianti Spire (click for trip report for this fun rock climb). On this trip we also climbed Silver Star Mountain via the Silver Star Glacier, since SIlver Star shares the same approach as Chianti Spire. Silver Star was a short and easy climb, so when we arrived back in camp early in the evening, I decided to scramble up the North Ridge of Vasiliki Tower. Vasiliki Tower is the towering rock on the north side of Burgundy Col; an interesting fact is that I think Fred Beckey named Vasiliki Tower after his girlfriend at the time.

Below is an overview and photo trip report from Silver Star Mountain and Vasiliki Tower.

General Overview

Route Overlay Silver Star

Route Overlay Vasiliki Tower


Summit panorama
(Taken from the summit of Silver Star Mountain.)

Route Info Silver Star

Summit:Silver Star Mountain
Location: Wine Spires, just E of Washington Pass
Route: Silver Star Glacier
Difficulty: II, Class 3
Summit Elevation: 8,876 ft (East Peak)
Elevation gain: 4,626' from the car, 1150' from col
Approach: A climber's trail begins off HWY 20 at elev. 4250' and heads eastward up to Burgundy Col; the Silver Star Glacier is just off the east side of the col (to col: <5 miles, 3500' up, xx hours) (Note: alternate approach is via Silver Creek from HWY 20)
Descent: descend route
Time: 1-2 days (can be done car-to-car or can camp at col)

Route Info Vasiliki Tower

Summit: Vasiliki Tower
Location: Wine Spires, just E of Washington Pass
Route: North Ridge (Note: there are also some 5th class  routes on Vasiliki Tower, such as the South Face or the NW Dihedral.)
Difficulty: Class 3
Summit Elevation: 7,920 ft
Elevation gain: 200' from the col (although have to go down first)
Approach: The north ridge is on the opposite side from Burgundy Col. From the col, I traversed around the tower on the west side on Class 4 rock. It is also possible to descend further to Class 3 terrain on the west side.
Descent: descend route
Time: 1 hour round trip from Burgundy Col


HWY 20 Parking: 4,250 ft
Burgundy Col: 7,720 ft
Silver Star Summit (East Peak): 8,876 ft
Vasiliki Tower Summit: 7,920 ft


ice axe and crampons for Silver Star, nothing special for Vasiliki unless you climb a 5th class route


Silver Star Mountain is located outside of the North Cascades National Park, so permits are not needed.

Time stats

Parking to Burgundy Col: 3 hours
Burgundy Col to Silver Star summit: 1 hour 15 min
Burgundy Col to Vasiliki Tower summit: 1 hour
Hike out to car from Burgundy Col: 2.1 hours

Photos from the climb of Silver Star Mountain

After dropping our extra overnight gear at Burgundy Col, we headed up towards the summit of Silver Star via the Silver Star Glacier. This was a short, easy, and enjoyable glacier climb. It took us 1 hour and 15 minutes to the summit. Below are some photos from the climb.

Photos from the climb of Vasiliki Tower

We got back to camp early from climbing Silver Star, so I decided to scramble up Vasiliki Tower, which towers above the north side of Burgundy Col. An interesting fact is that I think Fred Beckey named Vasiliki Tower after his girlfriend at the time. This was a fun and easy Class 3 scramble. It took me about 1 hour round trip col-summit-col. Below are some photos from the climb.

Photos from the approach and camp at Burgundy Col

It is possible to climb Silver Star in one long day from the car. However, our main destination of the trip was Rebel Yell on Chianti Spire on the following day, so we camped at Burgundy Col. We found a snow patch for
water, but water here is difficult to find in late summer. Below are
some photos from the approach and from camp at Burgundy Col. It was a
great night for star photography and for photographing cars driving by
far below on HWY 20!

More on my website

This trip report is copied from my website, which has several other climbing trip reports and photographs from the North Cascades and elsewhere:


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beaudaddy85 - Aug 19, 2010 3:54 pm - Voted 10/10

Holy Smokes...

Amazing on many different levels!!! Thanks for putting the time into this report!!!

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