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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 unrivaled 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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1 day ago

Absolutely incredible hike, pretty much nothing but uphill there and the opposite coming back. Was clouded in when I went but still an incredible feeling to be on top of the world. Would recommend this highly though it can get quite busy on weekends.

We did this hike this morning, and it was really fun! It’s a dog friendly hike. The whole way up it’s pretty rocky and is a really steep incline. A real calf burner. But the views and the wild flowers are worth it! In order to get to the hike it’s about a 7 mile drive on a gravel road with pot holes.

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rocky
3 days ago

One of our new favorite Gorge hikes! If you drive a Sedan, be prepared to take it slow for the final 7.5 miles getting to the trailhead, as the road is unpaved and a bit rocky. When you get to the trailhead, make sure to take the trail on the left. We accidentally ventured out on the Tarbell Trail, which added another hour to our hike. Once on the correct trail, be prepared to burn those calves! Proper hiking boots and poles are definitely recommended. Steep, rocky inclines that pass through woods and open meadows awash with colorful flowers. The summit has great views of Hood, Adams, and I’m sure many of the others on a clear day. I’d put this hike in with Dog Mountain in terms of difficulty and the views. I’d say it’s better because while popular, it’s not overcrowded. Plenty of room to socially distance while hiking.

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4 days ago

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4 days ago

Great hike. Leg burner incline at the beginning and at the end. Mostly a rocky path. Beautiful wildflowers! The view was great but the clouds hid the mountains. Downhill with the rockiness May recommend a walking stick? Bathroom is good condition and open. Some mosquito and defined bees in the flowers. Our Apple health app clocked this closer to 7.5 miles although we went to both lookouts.

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rocky
7 days ago

My boyfriend and I were here four days ago and it was a beautiful scenic hike! The beginning is more of an incline, however the majority of the hike is balanced. I would defiantly recommended climbing to the top of Pyramid rock for a snack and a view. Overall if you want a “alpine wildflower hike”, this is a great location. Tips: •Wear shoes that will protect your feet since it’s more of a rocky trail. • Bring binoculars for seeing further views and the birds. Neat sights!

rocky
9 days ago

Awesome hike!!!

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10 days ago

Very foggy today but a beautiful hike none the less. Will definitely be doing it again on a clear day. We arrived at 9 am to a pretty full lot with cars lining the road. Bathroom at the trailhead. Trail is very steep to begin with then flattens out and gets steep again. Very rocky and maybe not the best for dogs (especially puppies—which shouldn’t be on long hikes anyway until they are about 1 yr old). I took my GSP and he did okay but I think if I go again I’d go without him as it’s likely rough on their pads. Top was cold and windy, would recommend gloves and layers. Hiking poles would have certainly been useful especially for the way down!

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rocky
10 days ago

Steep for the first 20-30 min then alternates between long flat ridges and occasional spurts of steep inclines. The clouds and mist obscured most of our views but we got some glimpses that we spectacular. On a clear day this would be a remarkable hike for views. Terrain was consistently covered in loose rocks. Wear appropriate footwear.

Great hike! Great work out, very rocky so going up and doing makes it a little more harder. Was very foggy so the view on the top wasn’t the best. Will definitely do it again on a clear day.

Definitely a must try trail! Did the sunrise hike this morning. It was stunning!! A total glut and calf workout on the way up, but worth every minute for the breathtaking panoramic views of 6 different mountains! Very rocky trail, recommend good hiking boots/shoes. It’s pretty breezy at the top so bring a jacket. The wildflowers are vibrant and plentiful. Wish I would’ve remembered to resume the hike for the trip back down, but this gives you an idea of what it took a moderately fit person to get to the top in the dark.

rocky
12 days ago

Trail is rocky, wild flowers along the trail. Good views of all five near by snow capped mountians from the top. If you want more, head southwest down the trail back to climb Sturgeon rock ( less crowd n good views all around & more wild flowers).

This is a GRIND but it was totally worth it!!!!!!!!!!! I am definitely a beginner but this is a great hike! Will definitely do again!!!

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13 days ago

Always a great hike. Beautiful all around. Whoever cemented the giant steel cross at the top, shame on you. This is nature at its best and this is not a place to showcase your religious beliefs. I hope this gets taken down.

The wildflowers are out! Lots of bear grass along the trail. We got a partial view when we hiked to the top. The forest road to the parking area is in better condition right now. There are some pot holes but it is easy to navigate around them. We even saw quite a few small cars there.

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rocky
16 days ago

One of my favorite hikes. Steep in the beginning but it flattens out after roughly 1.5mi. If you have a sunny day you can see multiple mountains from the top

It’s steep from the beginning and the rocks on the trail can make it challenging but definitely worth it! Take your time start earlier then you think.

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