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Grouse Vista, Silver Star Mountain, Chinook, and Tarbell Trails Loop

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Grouse Vista, Silver Star Mountain, Chinook, and Tarbell Trails Loop is a 14 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Yacolt, Washington that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from May until October.

Length 14.0 mi Elevation gain 3,346 ft Route type Loop
Backpacking Camping Hiking Forest Views Rocky Scramble
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Recordings (16)
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Michael Schuckmann
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Hiking

Good trail for a good exercise. I recommend going right when it forks at the beginning. You will have a much smoother ride.

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Jolene Stephens
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HikingBlowdownRocky
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Bill Lewis
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Hiking

We started at the Grouse Vista trailhead, and headed to the Sturgeon Rock Trail and took that trail up the mountain to Sturgeon Rock. The views from Sturgeon Rock were amazing! Awesome panoramic views of Mt St Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt Adams, Mt Hood, and Mt Jefferson. Fair warning that it’s a bit of a scramble up Sturgeon Rock. Really steep in spots but doable and not technical. We made a loop out of it and headed back down the mountain on the Grouse Vista Trail. The whole loop was about 8.5 miles. The grouse vista trail is a little challenging in spots with all of the scattered loose rock and pumice on the trail. Also fair warning that although 90% of this hike is in an area managed by the US Forest Service, the parking lot and trailhead is not in that area, and even though we had an “America the Beautiful” pass for federally managed lands we got a ticket for $99 for not having a Discover Pass to park at the trailhead, which is just outside of the federally managed forests and wilderness areas.

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Brandon Morelli
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BackpackingRocky

Backpacked 7/3-7/4. Silver star gets 5 stars. Parts of Tarbell gets 5 starts. Everything else is 1 star. The loop, as recorded for this trail is AWFUL. Bring a GPS, or you will get lost. The trail (especially the cut from silver to Tarbell) is not marked at all and it's easy to miss your turns. In addition, parts of this recording use logging roads instead of the actual trail (why?). And this trail is no where near 21 miles. More like 15? (EDIT: My trail suggestion was accepted and the correct length of 14 miles is now shown.) A couple good camp spots near the summit of Silver Star, and one about a mile beyond it. No water until hidden falls, then water every 1/2 mile or so! Bring plenty of water to get you to that point. 80% of this trail is scree. If you've got weight on your back, I definitely recommend poles to save your knees and ankles. Fantastic views at Silver Star; we saw Hood, Helens, and Adams. Hidden falls was a nice gem as well; couldn't find any swimming spots though. Lots of flies at the top of Silver Star -- big, juicy flies. Bug spray doesn't stop them, but if you're, like me, used to camping in mosquito infested areas, the flies are a cakewalk.

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Anne Liedtke
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We went on a cloudy and rainy day, so we didn’t get the views, but plan to come back again on a clear day to check them out. It’s a nice workout, and the flowers in the meadow were absolutely gorgeous. Lots of birds and flowers to make up for no views haha. The road there isn’t nearly as spicy as some others, and we saw plenty of sedans at the trailhead.

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Candace Moon
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Jared Hale
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RockySnow

definitely worth hiking up there to get them views.

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Jeremy Bordelon
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HikingIcySnow
First to Review

I came in late January, hoping to do the loop as a trail run. I know, I should have known better. The drive up was fine, but the parking at the top was pretty snowy, and I had to be careful not to get stuck. Once I got on trail, the first half mile was clear of snow, but there was meltwater runoff an inch or two deep all the way across the trail. Once I got above that, it was all snow. For a while I was able to make headway following someone else’s boot tracks, but eventually those ran out and I was just postholing. Some steps were calf deep, others hip deep. Had to get around some small blown down / snowed down trees. I only got about a mile and a half up before deciding to turn around. Still, this looks like a pretty trail in better weather, or with snowshoes!

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Darci H
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Gustavos Unidos
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HikingRocky
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Chris Olson
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Mountain biking
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Paul Vishnevetskiy
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Hiking
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Shijil Janardhan
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Hiking
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Zsofia Csikos-Tardy
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Hiking
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Henry Itkin
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Hiking
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Amber Diehr
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Hiking
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Kim Perez
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Hiking
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CJ ZHUCH
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Hiking
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Juli Hibner
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Hiking
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Joe Innocenti
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Hiking
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