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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.

Length5.9 miElevation gain3120 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingForestViewsWildflowersSnowNo dogs
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Curtis Frady
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Nick Baron
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Good leg workout. Unenjoyable hike down due to the steepness. We didn’t have poles, but they probably would’ve helped. Roads to the trail require and SUV. Our Subaru Forester did the job, but I wouldn’t do anything with less ground clearance. Ran into a bear at the top just before the end, and we decided not to finish the trail. Views that we had were decent, but it was cloudy.

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Stephanie Meyer
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A bit difficult to find, the directions from alltrails aren't quite right. You have to turn off the road a bit before the end where it looks like there's an open gate. The road is pretty rough and parking is limited. The hike itself is pretty steep, good workout. Fell on my booty twice on the way down from how steep it was. Didn't end up making it the whole way since we came across a bear. Seemed like a good time to call it and turn around since I'm not in any shape to fend off a bear.

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Antonia Fortes
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HikingOver grown

You definitely need a 4x4 car to get to the trailhead. The climb is steep for the first 1.5-2 miles, very steep. Probably only good for those who are a little more experienced hikers. The trail is marked the entire way until the ridge about 3.6 miles in, where it connects to another trail. Great hike! A definite butt burner.

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Jessica Wenke
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Take the one way road with a gate just before the end of the hour AllTrails directions. It’s a rough road so a vehicle with higher clearance is recommended.

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trevor jones
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HikingScrambleSnow

great trail. Very steep. there was waist deep snow up there. other note is that the road to get there is beat to hell. I wouldn't recommend a low car definitely a 4 wheel. also we did t rdack some wolves at the top. no human prints and tracks were way to big for a coyote.

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Peter Norton
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Awesome trail.

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Brianna LaBarge
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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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Nick Scholz
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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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Hayden Mounce
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Absolutely beautiful. Got up there early before the fog left, and have a three peak view above the clouds.

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Noah Wass
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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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TheJuggsGotchYa User
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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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Suzanna Schertz
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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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patty wood
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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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Richard Forcier
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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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lacey sherman
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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

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Leslie Chapman
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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.

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

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Sarah Burns
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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.

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Cyntia Lissette
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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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Matthew Reeder
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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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james haman
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April Nicholas
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james haman
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Lisa Walker
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Illya Kray
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Amanda Hwang
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Norman May
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