Peak(s):  High Dune - 8,690 feet
Star Dune - 8,670 feet
Date Posted:  07/30/2010
Date Climbed:   06/13/2010
Author:  luckyzsquirrel
 The highest Dune AND the tallest Dune  

Climbed them late in the day when the shadows were great and wanted to share

I've climbed High Dune (650') many times, weather has rarely been this good. Not blazing hot, and and not storming up.

from the lot

base of the dunes

near the top of High Dune

Top of High Dune

Looking north, notice the smoke from the fire

Had my camera in two zip lock bags to keep the sand out, there was a lot of sand blowing around!

From High Dune headed out into the dune field (causing some confusion to a guy who obviously though getting up High Dune was some feat). Headed in a general straight direction to Star Dune (750', but slightly lower elevation) trying to stay on ridges and avoid dropping down.

Star Dune in the distance


Made excellent time up to the final pitch, very steep, in loose sand. The elevation gained was maybe a couple hundred feet if that, but it was soo exhausting. The views were well worth it though!

Dune field and Crestones from Star Dune

Headed down to the ridges and followed the creek back. Honestly going back the way I came would have been quicker.

Thumbnails for uploaded photos (click to open slideshow):

 Comments or Questions

Nice Photos!!!
07/30/2010 17:03
I've been there twice and loved it both times.


Incredible pictures!!
07/30/2010 17:52
I'm sure the pictures paled in comparison to being there, but the pictures are awesome nonetheless.


07/30/2010 19:31
I especially love the sand blowing off the lip of the dune! Question for you...You mention keeping your camera in ziploc bags. Did you just take your pictures, put them back in the bag? Is there any way to keep sand from getting in your camera when you're taking pictures with it? Maybe stupid questions...


Great pics!
07/30/2010 19:59
Love the photos, they make me really want to go back. Wish I had thought of the ziplock bag thing when I was there.

The Android

Nice pics
07/30/2010 21:24
I feel like I never get tired of looking at pics from the dunes! I've been up High dune a few times but I've never made it over to Star, but I feel like this is good inspiration!


Mt. Herard ...
07/30/2010 22:08
In Photo #6 ... really beautiful photographs ... good time of day for taking pictures! Need to get back down there. Happy trails!


07/31/2010 04:10
Those are truly some incredible pics! I love that close up shot of the Crestones.

SuperPolok , I've done the zip-lock bag thing and I think it will work well. Of course, I got sand all in the lens and focus mechanism but that's probably because I was taking it out of the bag to take pictures and doing it too often and in the wrong place (last pitch on High-Dune is like being shot with a sand blaster). An air-can (for computer keyboards and such) cleaned it up nicely off the dunes. Anyway, there was no sand in the bag or in the camera until I took it out right under the summit of High-Dune...bad place.


07/31/2010 04:16
Thanks .
Been meaning to get up Herard, the pass was closed this summer because of the fire which killed the plans last time I was down there.
The camera was exposed to the elements while taking pictures. It wasn't too windy though so no sand really got in the bag, sand to the camera was very minimal. Climbing Star Dune there was sand in blowing in my face, so it stayed in the bag for that part(hence no pictures for that part).

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