Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista Trail

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Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista Trail is a 6.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Washougal, 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: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,096 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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Be prepared to encounter some snow, even in early summer. Poles are helpful on this journey, as well. Users have reported that the road leading to the trailhead is very difficult to pass in winter conditions. NOTE: A Discovery Pass and $12 parking fee are required to park. To access the trail take the trail, opposite the welcome sign. 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 through 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.

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rocky
7 hours ago

Did this yesterday. Hardly any mud or snow. This is a great hike. As other reviews have said, it’s quite steep at points. The first mile is directly uphill on a rocky trail. There are other steep points too later on but they are quicker spurts. Also note that the middle part can be very exposed and warm if it’s out out so bring a hat and/or sunscreen. The views at the top are worth it though. Very cool! Make sure to go when sunny so it’s clear at the top.

Love this hike although it is very rocky and steep in the first and 3rd miles. Great views this morning!

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bugs
icy
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rocky
4 days ago

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blowdown
rocky
snow
5 days ago

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5 days ago

I started this hike at Moulton Falls and stopped to camp at the base of Pyramid Rock, (2.5ish miles short of the Silver Star lookout.) There is an amazing view both West and East. This gave me an amazing view of the sunset and sunrise. The view to the East was a panoramic view with Mt. Hood and the sun rose just to the left of Hood and it was picturesque. At the top of Silver Star it was a rarely clear spring day giving us an uninterrupted view of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Indian Heaven, Goat Rock Wilderness, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Three Sisters and the Oregon Coastal Range. Needless to say it was awesome. This is a must do hike, especially on a clear day. Definitely expect a crowd if clear though.

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rocky
snow
6 days ago

Great hike this time of year. Did this trail on Sunday 5/24. I believe there was only one major blowdown along the trail. Elevation gain is a lot but incline stays consistent so there’s no extremely steep portions. Only one large snow field towards the very top that is unavoidable so poles might be nice for those that need the extra stability but otherwise it is doable with your everyday shoes.

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fee
muddy
snow
7 days ago

2 hours up and 1.2 h down, snow still n top, it was overcast and foggy all the way.

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rocky
7 days ago

Very busy trail on a Saturday. Overflow parking was needed. Muddy, rocky and snowy towards top. Water proof shoes highly recommended. I usually love this trail but today was too crowded. We could also hear gunshots from people down the road that were target practicing.

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11 days ago

First mile could be rough and it was rocky. Still a bit of snow on the top. I fell a couple times on the descent haha. I only gave it 3 stars cause I didn’t get the view because it was cloudy. Definitely going to do this trail again on a clearer day.

outstanding view at the top. there's a few overgrown bushes and trees enroute. there's also sections of snow for hundreds of feet at a time. I wouldn't say it's the steepest hike, the steeper sections are at the bottom and the top. the views are worth it - be prepared for Rocky terrain and snow.

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icy
rocky
snow
13 days ago

Starts out with a pretty good rocky climb but levels off after a bit and still patches of snow which were icy so poles recommended. The top was amazing and some of the mountains peaked out from behind the clouds. Would definitely do this one again and again!

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rocky
snow
14 days ago

Hiked May 16, 2020. It is rocky the entire hike. There was snow towards the top and poles were helpful. The snow is a bit slick, so watch your step in some places. The view from the top was absolutely insane. Would do it again in a heartbeat!

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14 days ago

Good hike, definitely some cardio testing on the first and last third of the trail. Snow wasn't bad at all, not sure what these crampon reviews are about. Light pants and jacket at most (for start/stop conditions).

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muddy
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16 days ago

We did this at the end of November 2019 with our dogs. There was snow and ice and very windy at the top. On clear days you get some beautiful views.

Loss of star only because it’s so dam rocky the whole way which is just a bummer on your knees on the way down . The rest is super pretty . Up up and away into the cloud cover unless it’s a clear day which I have seen up here before . Little bit of snow toward the top left but manageable without any special gear . Discovery pass needed , bathrooms and road is back open

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rocky
snow
18 days ago

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