Starway Trail

HARD 29 reviews

Starway Trail is a 5.9 mile out and back trail located near Washougal, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 3,120 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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wild flowers

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no dogs

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rocky
2 months ago

I missed the turn to the trailhead originally (you need to veer right down a one way path, there looks to be a gate on the road you need to take, it was open, there is a pedestrian bridge at the trailhead). If you miss the turn, I believe I came across a black bear den about 1/4 mile up. Turned around cause Google told me I went too far. Found the small gate/ one way road to the trailhead. It wasn’t a bad drive out there, came up off 500 from Portland. Trail was immediately steep, saw a few dirt bikes on the river path, stay to the right to go up the mountain. Came across a small snake on the trail about 1/2 mile up, passed multiple trees that looked to have been ripped up by a bear fairly recently. Continued up the trail, about 1 mile in saw a black bear, it hid in some bushes. I decided turn around at that point.

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4 months ago

It was alright I guess , I mean anything is better than having to be around the nerds on Silver Star (honestly it’s the worst). And nothing makes you feel like you are in nature like passing a prison in the woods, and all deliverance’esk folk hanging about. I enjoyed how steep it was with no switchbacks, but the view is pretty standard.

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5 months ago

Absolutely beautiful. Got up there early before the fog left, and have a three peak view above the clouds.

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5 months ago

Awesome trail. To get here, go to Copper Creek Trailhead. If you have a 4WD car, you can go down the road directly in front of you (about 3/8 mile). There is a foot bridge to cross the creek and you're going! There are definitely steep sections that do not quit! It's definitely a challenging hike.

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6 months ago

Great hike but very tough. If you can tough it out then the view is worth the reward!!! Make sure to have your Discover pass or they will ticket you ($99)!

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rocky
6 months ago

Gravel road leading to trail head is not suitable for low clearance vehicles. Also, this trail is VERY steep, not suited for the elderly unless they are accustomed to hiking steep trails. Rocky in areas. Beautiful forest hike. Would be a good training hike for those who aspire to climb mountains.

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Tue Sep 04 2018

First go back and read all the reviews that say the trail is steep. Then read them again. I would like to add that the first section is Steep. But it was a great trail, way off the beaten path. We found ripe blueberries, huckleberries, and thimble berries and were rewarded with a terrific view. The road in can get a bit rough in places and make sure you don't miss the little spur off the main road down to the trailhead for the last 1/2 mile.

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Sun Jun 24 2018

Trail head is a few hundred yards from where you park by a pedestrian bridge. No marking but it's the only major trail heading up hill so not hard to find. definitely agree with the hard rating. First mile and a half are straight up hill. you come out on a bench and get a break from the climb. Wind your way along the ridge top. In and out of the trees. One more short but steep assent and you're rewarded with a panaramic view of four mountains. Breadth taking. Wild flower we're beautiful. Don't underestimate the walk back down. Can be tricky.

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Sat Aug 05 2017

Definitely challenging for a shorter hike, absolutely beautiful summit. In early summer there was still snow banks near the top and the trail isn't easy to follow and it can be hard to find the trailhead

Sun Jul 16 2017

Could not find trailhead. 1 hrs on gravel pit roads you need a 4x4 and clearance for ruts. Suppose the trailhead is another 1 mile from where direction have you park which requires you to trek through a ravine or creek. Boo! Disappointed.

Tue Jun 20 2017

What a beast at first great hike with stellar views all around

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Mon May 01 2017

Definitely difficult, but rewarding nonetheless. Lots of snowpack still, so be sure to bring appropriate gear. Look for orange tree tags if the trail is unclear, as the trail was covered with snow for the last 2-3 miles. Rewarding views of Hood, Ranier, St. Helens, and the Sisters.

Tue Aug 16 2016

It's a hard hike but once you get to the top it's really beautiful well worth it! Don't miss out.

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Sat Dec 29 2012

Extremely difficult - this trail is a real buttkicker. Avoid at all costs on hot days or you risk a heat stroke. I'm not joking either - this trail nearly wiped me out on a hot August day this year. There's one stretch where you gain something absurd like 2,000 feet in less than 2 miles. The real rub is that you have to lose like 500 feet that you regain on the way up, which of course means you have to regain it again on the way back. Yikes! Difficulty aside, it's a beautiful trail that sees far less use than any other trail on the mountain so you should absolutely hike it if you are in shape. The roads aren't bad either.

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