Silver Star Mountain/Silver Star Glacier


Basic Glacier Climb - Silver Star Mountain/Silver Star Glacier

This will be one day ascent on a better weather day. Priority to Foothills Climbing Community until 5/10. Please read leader notes before requesting permission to join.

  • Sat, Jun 1, 2024 — Sun, Jun 2, 2024
  • Foothills Climbing Committee
  • Climbing
  • Basic Alpine
  • Adults
  • Basic Alpine Climb, Strenuous 4, Technical 3
  • Challenging
  • Elevation Gain: 5,200 ft

TBD, but very early. Most likely will require car camping at the parking lot or nearby.

This will be ONE DAY push for Sliver Star Mountain (two days booked to have weather window flexibility). Please expect a very long day (14+ hours) with 5000+ elevation gain. Profficiency in descending steep snow slopes is required for this climb.

If conditions allow, we may change the route to Silver Star Creek approach which will add 500ft of gain but reduce the steepness of the approach.

First priority goes to participants of my Silver Star climb that was cancelled last year due to weather. You can request permission anytime.

Others, please wait for registration open date to request permission. When doing so, please provide examples of steep snow climb / scrambles you have done and recent history of trips/conditioners with more than 4000ft of gain, preferably with overnight pack. Permission requests without that data will be ignored.

Foothills Basic course volunteers - at least two spots on this climb are dedicated for someone who helped run Basic course this year. If I get multiple requests, I will make a decision based on your involvement in running the course.

Foothills Basic students - since the climb is happening before your final exam, you can request permission to join, however, if I determine that your snow scrambling skills are inadequate or  you are significantly struggling with your crevasse rescue skills by the trip time, I may ask you to drop from the roster.

Climb Leaders who want to lead the same destination that weekend, feel free to reach to me and we can adjust our postings approprietly.


Silver Star Mountain/Silver Star Glacier

  • USGS Silver Star Mtn

    Green Trails Washington Pass No. 50

    Trails Illustrated North Cascades National Park
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • The Ten Essentials
  • Mountain boots that can accept crampons (not hiking boots)
  • Crampons
  • An ice axe (not technical ice tools)
  • A sleeping bag rated to +20 degrees or colder
  • A sleeping pad
  • A back pack (40 to 60 liters)
  • Webbing and accessory cords
  • 6 straight gate carabiners
  • 2 locking carabiners
  • Large pear-shaped carabiner
  • Belay device
  • Climbing harness
  • Helmet
  • Rescue pulley
  • Fleece or puffy jacket
  • Rain jacket and full-zip rain pants
  • Warm gloves or mittens
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