Starlight Coulior

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Starlight Coulior

Submitted By: Dobish on April 23, 2010

Administrator: Dobish

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Route Type:
Descent Difficulty:
Ascent Type
- Skin Track: Moderate
- Bootpack: strenuous
- Mountaineering: moderate
Starting Elevation: 11600 ft.
Elevation Gain: 2100 ft.
High Point: 13294 ft.
Max Slope Angle: 40°


There are two ways to approach the Star Couliors (starlight, shooting star, and superstar), one is from the St. Mary's Trailhead, and the other is from the James Peak Trailhead (off of east portal).  The approach via St. Mary's is a longer approach, but the skin will put you on top of the couliors.  Unfortunately the route via St. Mary's Glacier does not show you a good view of the route.

The approach from the East Portal, via the James Peak Trailhead will give you a good view of the star couliors when you are right underneath them. The Starlight Coulior is often considered a snow climb, and is often approached from the bottom.

Equipment Needs

If attempting to ski the starlight coulior, it is recommended that you have some mountaineering experience.  An ice axe, crampons, and a rope are often recommended.


The descent is a steep couloir that is walled by rock on both sides.  The route is about 40º and is about 1300'.  The descent will put you on the way back to the james peak lake,

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