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.

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11 days ago

Only okay. Disappointed that the smoke from the wildfires obstructed the views of the mountains at the top. Not much you can do about it, but after 3+ miles and 2100 feet of elevation gain, it was a little bit of a bummer. Be careful going down, as it's rocky and can be slippery. Also, a lot of the hike is covered under the trees- bring your bug spray!

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11 days ago

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11 days ago

Took advantage of the slightly cooler day and hiked Silver Star with my brother. Due to all the wildfire smoke, the views were a bit diminished at the top but it was still a beautiful hike nonetheless. My only complaints were the lack of signs (you're hoping you are following the correct trail) and the steep decline which is a bit hard of the knees.

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20 days ago

Quite challenging but very doable, worth it in the end!

21 days ago

This was a beautiful, challenging trail with a terrific payoff at the summit.

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24 days ago

An incredible hike with awesome wildflowers and views.

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Great workout with amazing views of Mt Hood, MIT Adams, Mount St Helens, Mt Rainier, Mt Jefferson. The wild flowers were in full bloom. I got to see a black bear on the trail too.

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