Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista Trail

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Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Vancouver, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
6.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2263 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

muddy

rocky

snow

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.

hiking
2 days ago

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful views, very steep incline with very rocky trails. getting to the top made the journey worth it! Some snow at close to the summit. A little bit muddy but not too bad. Wildflowers eveywhere right now!

7 days ago

Beautiful views from the top. It's a steep incline the whole way up. The last mile and half or so from the top there is still snow that you have to walk on. Bring a lot of water there is a small steam of water in the beginning of the hike, and almost to the top there's another stream due to the melting snow. Driving to this trailhead is a lot smoother of a drive than the silver star (ed' s trail) side

16 days ago

Still some snow up top but great hike!

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1 month ago

bring your boots. there is still a bunch of snow. over half is covered.

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3 months ago

One of the best places to see all the mountains in our area on a sunny day. Worth the horrible pot hole filled drive up there.

5 months ago

Beautiful and well worth the scramble! Side note, you do need a wilderness pass.

6 months ago

Nice steady climb with beautiful views at the top.

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

gorgeous, could see mt.hood, mt.st helens, and mt.jefferson. i would go early as we saw a decent amount people on the trail.

trail running
8 months ago

Amazing for trail running! Incredible views the entire time and manageable terrain.

8 months ago

8 months ago

Go on a clear day!!! Absolutely amazing!!!!