This was honestly one of the best views I’ve ever seen in my life of the PNW skyline. I 100% recommend this, although the trail is mostly uphill then downhill after, it was SO WORTH IT. You need a Discovery pass to park up there and the roads are pretty rocky with tons of pot holes, but I made it in my little 2010 Kia Forte. I cried when I got to the top, I couldn’t handle the beauty of our amazing mountain range!!!!

Great trail! Pretty rocky. Not as hard as people made it out to be.

My new favorite trail! Could see helens, Adams, Rainier, Hood, Jefferson and the Sisters from the top! The last few miles are on a forest service road and an SUV // 4WD would be helpful. You can’t pay for the discovery pass ahead of time so make sure to pay online beforehand!

I went to the end of the trail where it meets a private property. Easy walk - just don't forget sunscreen because there is little to no tree cover. This would be a great place for a quick bike ride or jog. I'm itching to go back to see the sunrise. There is no beach to walk on due to runoff.

Incredible views of multiple mountain peaks at the top. Very rocky trail made it more of a challenge. The road in is packed gravel, rough at some spots but I drive a Mini Cooper.

Beautiful view! Great hike! Made it up in 1.5hrs and down in 45 min but spent 1.5hrs at the top and could have stayed longer! A little rocky but all the snow is melted, no extra gear needed

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.

Great trail! Would 100% recommend coming in from dole valley/L-1100 road. Took 41 in from Sunset Falls Campground and it was awful. Lots of washout/potholes and slow going. Took L-1100 out and WAY better. Some snow left on trail near Silverstar summit, but easily traversed.

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9 days ago

The first 1/3 is very steep, rocky, and shaded. The second 1/3 you are on the side of the mountain with beautiful views, but there is very little shade so bring extra water and wear sunscreen. The third 1/3 is uphill again, not as intense as the first portion but still challenging, partially shaded. Most of the snow was melted, just some spots on the side of the trail but easy to avoid. It is accurately rated hard so give yourself some extra time for breaks if you think you'll need them. Took about 2hrs up for me and 1.5hrs down, including breaks. Also, do this hike on a clear day, the payoff is all in views and wow is it gorgeous!

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

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10 days ago

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11 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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12 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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13 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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13 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.

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.

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