Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vancouver, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from April until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Silver Star mountain is one of Southern Washington's most exciting summits with views to nearly every local cascade peak. This trail takes the "moderate" way up coming from the South with nearly twice the elevation gain of the traditional route but still much shorter than some of the extended loops. At over 4,000' in elevation, Silver Star Mountain gives views unreviled by nearly anything else in the Columbia River Gorge save perhaps for Larch Mountain's summit. The hike to the top can be made a number of different ways -- all starting considerably high up the mountain via dirt access roads. The Grouse Vista trailhead is located on the south side of the mountain outside of Washington's Washougal and takes just over an hour to reach from downtown Portland. This trail takes a slightly longer (6.0 vs 5.4 R/T) course than the typical route and adds another 800+ feet of elevation gain thru it. The result is smaller crowds (though certainly not empty) and many up-close features as you pass under and then behind Pyramid Rock on the way up.
Go on a clear day!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!
Tough incline but totally worth the breathtaking view. I'm a beginner hiker and was able to complete. Don't miss out!
this should be rated as moderate not hard! I've climbed this 6 times and once in 2 feet of snow love this trail and views
Did this hike a few years ago. To see my pictures and review please visit The Washington Trails Association website (WTA.org). Loved the Silver Star Mountain view, and so will you!! Silver Star is the highest point in Skamania County, Washington.
Was very steep in the beginning. leveled out pretty well! I picked the wrong day of the week. After about a half mile after pyramid rock I had to turn around. Got steep and slick. Even got a little snow!! It was fun. Just have to get to the top next time.
This trail is pretty challenging but once you get to the top you would see the beauty of the nature. This trail is pretty steep in the beginning, I'd recommend it to anyone that enjoys hiking
Hardest trail I've done to date but the difficulty it worth it when you see the views at the top!!! Absolutely amazing!!!
The hike is Awesome. The last 2 miles of road Suck.
This is an awesome trail. It's a must do!!!
Super pretty at the summit. The hike up, the views were decent.
Climbed up Silver Star today starting at Tarbell TH off Dole Valley via Chinook trail 180B to the main 180 trail to Summit. Superb views of St. Helens. Adams and Ranier today. Mt Hood was under clouds.
A little overgrown on parts of 180B but overall trails are in great shape. Registered 14.8 miles out and back on the Garmin. Only do this route if you start early. I trail ran most of Tarbell to 180B to cut the time down ...4 hours overall...2.5 to top and then 1.5 hours to return. First time on Silver Star - views are fantastic including view of downtown PDX in distance and all major Cascade peaks in area.
Steep at the very start and on the final push to the top. Lots of loose rocks makes for turned ankles on the way down if you're not careful. Great views of the "ring of fire" at summit, so worth it.
One of my favorite views in the Southern WA area and a fun training trail too. Don't let the overall averages fool you, things start off good and steep before leveling off for a while and then making a final push to the summit. Took the Pyramid Rock fork on this visit which is totally overgrown past the rock turn off and requires long sleeves / pants, ideally something to bushwhack with though it's easy to follow the route through it all. Finished up in the clouds and had both summits all to myself though the crowds are worth the view... just be sure to hit both topouts! Also, remember there's no facilities, no water along this route.
I love this hike. It is challenging, but the amazing view at the top is well worth it. I have gone this route several times... Straight up and straight back. I've been using it as a training route to prepare me for Mt Adams in August. Add a 40lb pack and it becomes a real climb.