Went NS-->Wheeler-->Clinton to finish both the top 200 and top 100 peaks in Colorado.
Fun morning jaunt passing wheeler lake enroute. South ridge was a fun scramble too
tons of snow... skied from below the peak.
From Hoosier Pass to North Star to Wheeler
Started from Hoosier Pass at 5AM. Took East Ridge to summit North Star. Connected to Wheeler, then to Clinton, then to McNamee, then to Traver. Descended into basin and took 4WD road back. Back at car around 1:45PM. No wind and lots of sun. Actually started to pour, hail, and storm as soon as I got back. The crux of this route is the headwall along the ridge to Wheeler. This ridge rapidly changes from Class 2 to 3 to 4. Trust no rock because there are lots of loose holds. Also, lots of spider webs along the ridge past the headwall. If you hate spiders as much as me, it may make you turn around.
This is actually a great route. Super fun and the route photos, while very helpful, do not capture how fun it was. Solo, without a soul in sight. After Wheeler I went back down the South ridge and up the peak directly south, another fun 45 min RT, easier (only 1-2 Class 3 moves without exposure).
The wife, pup and I from Wheeler Lake. What a great route. Scenic, interesting....all around great day out.
Whoah, loved this mountain, loved the route...not as much snow as there could have been on the slopes, but fresh snow on the scramble sections kept things interesting. Absolutely beautiful day, took a million photos - thanks to Senad for partnering to the summit!
Great route, me and Sarah Simon topped on top around 11 am. Great route, fun ridge!
Added this peak on as a bonus peak since it's so close to the connecting point to North Star.
Cool little summit really. Scrambled with Stephanie Lynn.
I remember this as a sort long day.... dont drink to many Jack and waters before you do a peak like this!
Stayed mostly to the ridge crest, some early fall snow made it a little more interesting. This was my final 13er in the Tenmile/Mosquito range.
Jamie and I found a reasonably avy-safe line up the south face from Wheeler Lake to the Clinton - Wheeler saddle. Our route is probably not advisable though in times of high avy danger. The scramble from there to the summit was a lot of fun.
climbed the south face from wheeler lake with sarah. just a slog to the clinton-wheeler saddle, yet tons of snow covered scrambling fun after that! quite an enjoyable challenge!
7 hours roundtrip from 2WD TH.
south ridge route...
we did not even attempt the jeep trail in our subaru so we hiked in, in its entirety. once we gained the ridge the fun began and it was a ton of fun. the rock was untrustworthy in most spots and there was a lot of scrambling and the final pitch to the summit was the most intense..i thrived in this environment. i want more more more class 3's and even higher.
I took my 24 year old nephew up this, and it was his first real mountain. The road really does suck, as my 1995 4Runner made it past the first two major obtacles before calling it quits before the 3rd at about 3/4 mi. up from the mine. We took a slighly higher route for the final half of the climb, rather than descending on loose rock. We found a steep dirt chimney that we gained the ridge from. There were a couple of ledge traverses on the east side, followed by more scrambling sections on mostly solid rock. The last 30 feet to the summit are on a narrow exposed ridge making a dandy finish.
The headwall on the south spur does NOT go at 4th class, despite appearances that it will. It actually requires a severely exposed chimney climb where every other hold is loose. This leads to a second chimney that has mediocre hands and almost no foot holds. Traverse left of the headwall on easy ledges to a dirt gully. It will save you the horrific down climb I endured to undo my attempt on the headwall.
What a great little scramble. I personally think it's one of the top two in the Mosquito/Ten Mile. I didn't think it was very loose at all and the routefinding was no problem.
Had bluebird skies and linked it up with Clinton, Mcnamee and Traver for a grand tour of the area.
Great scramble on a seldom-used rige. The "normal" south ridge is also a classic.