Ascent of Star Peak on 2020-07-25
|Others in Party:||Chenmin Liu -- Trip Report or GPS Track|
|Date:||Saturday, July 25, 2020|
|Ascent Type:||Successful Summit Attained|
| Elevation:||8690 ft / 2648 m|
Ascent Trip ReportI climbed Star, Courtney, and Oval with Chenmin C2C in 16:50. The W Fork Buttermilk Ck trail has been cleaned and is in excellent shape. We first went for Star and found an easy to follow climbers trail that goes from the chossy gully to about 200' below the summit. From there, it's easy class 2 to the summit. We got to the summit of Star after 4:30 on the move and hung out there for 30 min. After that, we headed down and tagged Courtney. It took a bit more than 2 hrs going from the summit of Star to Courtney, including a water break at Star Lake. After a quick break at the summit of Courtney, we headed back to Fish Creek Pass and headed down to the trail that leads to the tarn below Oval. This trail is covered with blowdowns in sections and can be hard to follow at points, but after looking for a bit it should be easy to find. We went around the tarn and then started doing a rising traverse just below the ridge towards the summit of Oval. I wouldn't recommend going this way as the scrambling is tedious, despite being easy. All in all, it took us about 3:30 from the trail intersection to the summit of Oval. On our descent, we just took the ridge and found a climbers trail that leads to the tarns below Oval, Then, we followed a GPS track that lead us to a direct descent using a creek as a handrail. We made it back from the summit of Oval to the W Fork Buttermilk Cr trail in about 2:30. Then, we hiked the last ~4 mi to the cars in about 1:30.
If doing this trip C2C, I would recommend starting with Oval or an earlier start (we started at 4 am and we think it would be best to be at Fish Creek Pass by sunrise).
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|Ascent Part of Trip: Buttermilk Slam|
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