Silver Star Mountain
|Difficulty:||Basic Snow/Ice Climb|
|Best months for climbing:||May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1926|
|First successful climber(s):||Lage Wernstedt|
|Nearest major airport:||Seattle-Tacoma|
Thanks to Ronald James for adding this peak.
Silver Star Mountain is located near Washington Pass in the North Cascades Range. Silver Star is the 24th highest peak in the state of Washington. This grand massif is the climax of the North Cascades Highway at Washington Pass as it presents an impressive steep west face with sharp spires. The summit view has one of the best vistas in the North Cascades. The standard route is to locate the climber's path through timbered slopes along the north side of Burgundy Creek, ascend Burgundy Col and then drop a couple hundred feet onto the glacier. Ice axe and crampons are necessary for some steep snow on the Silver Star Glacier, but it's not a technical climb. There is a class 4 move to reach the final summit, the East Peak, which is slightly higher than the West Peak. Silver Star can be climbed in a long day, but nice camping in the basin below the Wine Spires makes for a more relaxing outing. No need to rush when you are in this area of outstanding alpine scenery and excellent rock climbing opportunities such as the Wine Spires on the north spur of Silver Star's West Peak. First ascent of Silver Star by Lage Wernstedt in 1926.
Refer to Fred Beckey's Cascade Alpine Guide, Volume 3, or Selected Climbs in the Cascades, Vol. 1, by Potterfield and Nelson for information on all the established climbing routes on Silver Star Mountain.
Thanks to Ronald James for this description.