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One of the best viewpoints around. Smoky time of year, but when we reached summit of Silver Star, we had clear views above the smoke layer of St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Hood, and a bit of Jefferson. Lots of trail offshoots - use the map. We extended our hike to include scramble up Sturgeon Rock (awesome) then a loop back via Tarbell Trail. Warning on Tarbell - new logging roads have been cut through trail...again, use map w/Phone/GPS and you’ll find trail. Also, after parking at Grouse Vista, trailhead starts *across* parking lot from pit toilet (not the other way, which is continuation of Tarbell).

Beautiful hike that’s not too crowded. We hiked it on a partly cloudy day and the views were still super pretty. If you don’t have an 4 wheel/AWD car I wouldn’t recommend it. I didn’t feel comfortable driving my car over the bridge at the bottom so we parked and hiked to the trailhead for extra 4 miles each way. Worth it though!

Great spot, not crowded, a little too smokey for any views this time, but Ill be going back on a clear day!

still killer views even though we couldn't see the mountains this time through the smoke. one of my top favorites. this trail is hard on dog paws.

Trail IsClosed At This Time. The Historic Columbia River Highway is Closed Until Further Notice. This Includes Trails Between Bridal Veil Falls and Multnomah, and Trails Between Multnomah and Ainsworth State Park. The Road Is Only Open To State Troopers, Game and WildLife Patrolmen, and Residents That Live On That Road. Anyone Caught Trying To Hike Said Trails Are Fined. This Is All Due To The Bad Fire They Had Last Year And Several Told Me They Aren't Sure When It Should Be Open. One Trooper Told Me It's Looking Like It Will Be June 2019. :( That Means Oneonta George, Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Larch Mountain Overlook, Fairy Falls, & Wahkeena Falls Are All Closed Until Further Notice. If You Are Looking For Alternatives, You Can Look Into Multnomah Falls & Trails, Latourell Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Vista House. You Can Also Take A Drive To Ramona Falls.

17 days ago

Great views. Downhill gravel is a bit rough but only a small part of the hike.

Beautifully kept trail with the chance for some great vistas of the gorge along the way (a rarity with the tree cover on most trails!)
Definitely very steep but the trail is even and mostly packed dirt. Great to get behind horsetail falls! On the western side of the bridge that crosses Oneonta at the top you can scramble down into the Riverbed and come right up to the edge of the falls into the Oneonta Gorge (which, incidentally is the most beautiful hike in the area if you can beat the crowds)

Great view at the top! Fairly steep on the last half and if you ignore most of the trails off the main trail it’s fairly easy to stay on track to the top. Turning right at the pile of rocks at the fork keeps you on the main trail. Lots of water in the summer, sturdy hiking boots and wouldn’t recommend taking dogs in the summer.

As some of the others noted any car can probably make it, but AWD or larger vehicle would be better if you have the option. Trail has some long rocky/gravel stretches but one of the BEST views from the top on a clear day.

Gravel road with occasional potholes for the last 5 miles. The trail is fairly steep with tons of rocks but relatively easy if you go at a moderate pace. Amazing view at the top with all five mountains visible.

Bring bug spray if you don’t like flies diving into you.

One of the best views I have seen so far. In around 120 degree , we can see 5 mountains, and if weather and luck permits, we can see sisters mountain too.
It was like a mountain view overload. Definitely recommend to anyone who wants to have a spectacular view of oregon/washington mountains.

This is a great hike, amazing views at the top. It is very rocky, and could be hard on your dogs feet, so I recommend putting boots on their feet or leaving them at home.

backpacking
1 month ago

Lovely trail, pulls at the start. I was in a cloud at the top so missed the views-I’ll try again later this summer. Pretty wildflowers.

May be hard, but the view is totally worth it :) Will be doing again at some point and taking the other trails!

Compared to the Ed’s trail loop, this one is very steep and in the trees a lot without the speculator view. View at the top of the mountain is so gorgeous and would worth it and any car can access this TH. I don’t have a truck so didn’t have a choice this time but if I come with a friend with truck, I’ll start at the other TH. That being said, lots paint brush and fox grove are blooming in the open area and it was very pretty. How quiet it is also a bonus point for me

Amazing views!! The road up there gets rocky the last 5 or so miles but can be accessed by any vehicle. The trail itself is a bit rocky but with the right shoes, is perfectly fine. Definitely a bit challenging if you aren’t in hiking shape but the views are to die for! There were some clouds in the sky this day but I could still see 4 mountains. I got to the top at about 5pm which was perfect because I was the only one up there at the time. A few hikers coming up as I was leaving.

The trails are closed. I can’t believe I drove out here and didn’t know they were closed.

hiking
1 month ago

Trail head is a few hundred yards from where you park by a pedestrian bridge. No marking but it's the only major trail heading up hill so not hard to find. definitely agree with the hard rating. First mile and a half are straight up hill. you come out on a bench and get a break from the climb. Wind your way along the ridge top. In and out of the trees. One more short but steep assent and you're rewarded with a panaramic view of four mountains. Breadth taking. Wild flower we're beautiful. Don't underestimate the walk back down. Can be tricky.

I went on a cloudy day which was kinda nice b/c the trail was empty but also meant we didn't get to see the view from the top. Fun hike with some good elevation gain but know that to get to the trailhead there's a four mile stretch of gravel road which kinda sucks. Definitely wanna go back on a clear day!

Don't lose your keys at the Rock of the Ages, it's a LONG way back up! Though, doing it twice in one day was exciting! Worth the work, but don't get lost, or hurt.

Push through every step, the outcome is worth it! It can be a tough hike, but that's the gorge. Push through, and you see some of the most beautiful parts of Oregon.

Such a pretty hike. Nice hike to get a little bit of everything from the gorge.

hiked memorial day weekend and it was a great workout!! incredible views at the top and a very dramatic entrance. 3 distinct sections... 1 mile up 1 mile where it flattens out then 1 mile really up! it is very rocky which was annoying, poles were helpful. Bring sunscreen parts are very exposed. The drive to the trailhead is perfectly fine, no problems in our small car. (did this trailhead because we were scared of the main one) Ton of people at the top but it was a holiday weekend.

Accurately described as hard hike. The wildflowers were beautiful but cloudy at the top ..... we had a great time

Great hike. The roads are accessible with smaller cars. Make sure you buy your vehicle's Washington Discover Pass online at home and print it because there's no cash payment at the parking lot. The views are amazing with mountain goats and wild cats.

Climbed on 22May2018. A little hazy, but Hood, Adams, St Helens and even Rainier could be seen. The trail can be climbed without touching a bit of snow. This one is a butt cheek burner. No switchbacks. The trail is mostly a corridor of trees with a couple exposed areas, but you'll forget that when you see the view from the top. There were a couple Prius at the trail entrance entrance lot. Given a couple of the wash outs, this surprised me. But this means hope for you if you drive a car as low. Drive slow... Oh! Keep your eyes peeled for the mountain goat at the top. He was low key hanging out on a lower lip, but I was warned he can be quite territorial.

one of the best trail I went, but a lot of snow (hiked on early May), and the trail is steep at the beginning l.
But if you'll do it to the top, the view is amazing. make sure you pick a clear sunny day to hike.

Love it, too early in the year may encounter snow!

What a great hike! Steep and short. Still had a little snow , but nothing to bad. Great view at the top, we hiked through the cloud later and came out to sun and views !

Take the trail across the parking lot from the toilet, not the Tarbell trail next to the toilet. The Tarbell bridge is pretty much in the river and you can’t cross it so the trail is useless.
Hooray for poles!!! If you’ve got them, it’s definitely worth bringing them.
Take a right at the big rock pile when you get closer to the top.
Views of Mt. St. Helens, Rainier, Adams and Hood!
Also, if you’re coming from Portland and don’t have AWD and decent clearance you should opt for the route via Washougal.

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