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Ascent of Mount Starr on 2016-07-03

Climber: Dean Gaudet

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, July 3, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Mount Starr
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:12840 ft / 3913 m

Ascent Trip Report

i got lucky and found a parking spot at the trailhead at 9:45am on this busy sunday.

take the mono pass trail up to the pass, mount starr is on the right. take a hard right and climb the sand to the ridge, it's easier than going straight up the steep rocky summit. once you attain the ridge it's relatively straight-forward to traverse/climb to the summit area, class 2-3 the whole way.

i bumped into two other parties in the rocks, one of which had given up and was headed down. the other was an older couple who seemed to be having a fine time making their way slowly through the rocks, but weren't quite sure where the summit was. i first summited on a class 3+ approach going north on the ridge, but after scrambling around the summit boulder area a bit i found several easier approaches. i dropped back down and guided the couple toward the easier approaches, and they were pretty happy to reach the summit.

the views are great.
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standing on mount starr, with mount morgan in background (2016-07-03). Photo by Dean Gaudet.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2617 ft / 797 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2617 ft / 797 m
    Round-Trip Distance:8 mi / 12.8 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Open Country, Snow on Ground, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2617 ft / 797 m
    Distance:4.1 mi / 6.7 km
    Route:mono pass + XC
    Start Trailhead:mosquito flats  10223 ft / 3115 m
    Time:3 Hours 19 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2617 ft / 797 m
    Distance:3.8 mi / 6.2 km
    Route:XC + mono pass
    End Trailhead:mosquito flats  10223 ft / 3115 m
    Time:2 Hours 43 Minutes



Other Photos

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happy hiker (2016-07-03). Photo by Dean Gaudet.
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