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A great place for an easy hike. Just don't go in the summer if you don't like crowds.

Gorgeous river and waterfalls!

Great trail. I love this area so much. Road is BAD we parked 2 miles away from the trailhead so we hiked an extra 4 miles. Do NOT take trail to the left on the rock while it’s snowy- we were postholing in about 6-8” of harder packed snow but still fell through. TONS of animal prints everywhere. Very windy. The trail to the right of the rock is your best bet- SO much easier.

Super easy out and back. Went on a crisp January day, damp and overcast with about a dozen people on the mostly paved trail with me.

Love this trail and I’m lucky it’s right in my backyard

went out for a bit today (11/27/18) and it was nice up there. a little windy and foggy but overall a nice hike. I only did about half of the trail because o was short on time but I did not encounter any snow. the road is as bad as always but I still manage to make it up in my Subaru Crosstrek with relative ease.

A hidden gem. Multiple shots of the peaks as you hike. the panorama is the cake!

Gorgeous, unbelievable views! Ridiculously windy at points, thought we might blow off the side. Also be warned the last few miles of the forest road are pretty rough and require an agile 4 wheel drive vehicle (ideally with high clearance).

This portion of the trail was an easy stride and full of autumn beauty! Great year round trail.

60 mile an hour winds at the ridge made it pretty difficult to go the entire distance but it was absolutely gorgeous with all the fall colors.

Extremely easy hike as most of the trail was paved. The bridge and the water is beautiful and we definitely enjoyed it as a more leisurely hike.

cute small falls

Easy trail, great for families and on-leash dog walking. Draw backs were how busy it was, and parking. Overall, a very nice walk.

The hike was amazing and especially the top of mountain view is awesome. You can see all mountains around. Road to trailhead some places is too difficult for passenger cars. Better if you drive SUV.

The road to the trail head is rough but doable in a stock 4Runner.

Definitely go up Ed’s Trail and come back on the Silver Star path. Breathtaking views of the area.

My daughter was driving her Honda Pilot and was not comfortable with driving up the last 2.4 miles to the trailhead so we parked and walked to the trailhead adding another 4.8 to the overall hike but it was still an amazing hike. I’m pretty sure someone with more experience (and patience) would have been able to make it to the trailhead in her Pilot but she was not about to try. This is the third or fourth time I’ve done this hike but still love it and will probably continue to hike it from time to time.

This is a fantastic hike. Had my dog with me so had to turn around about half way due to steep rock climb. Pretty slippery and would be easy for her or I to lose our footing and it would be a looong fall down. Didn't want to chance it. Will definitely go back without my adventure buddy to do the whole thing. Love that it is difficult to get to so not too many people (relative to other hikes in the area). On way back down the road there were a lot of cars parked on the narrow road making it difficult to get around them on the washouts.

easy trail. very enjoyable for a Saturday hike

I hiked Silver Star on July 11, 2018. Unfortunately, the road up to the base parking lot is impassable to anything but a jeep or high-centered, four-wheel drive vehicle, so I and a number of others had to park their cars along the road about three miles below the base parking lot, thus extending the hike by about six miles out and pack.

Once on Ed's and the Silver Star trail, the wildflowers were profuse with glacier lilies, cat's eye lilies, paintbrush, red columbine, penstemon, spirea and others. The bear grass had finished blooming, so only a few remote latecomers could be found. The flower fields were awash with butterflies.

The view of the four volcanoes from the beginning of Ed's trail--St. Helens, Rainier, Adams and Hood--were particularly clear after the rainfall of the previous days.

If I go up next year, I'll probably rent a jeep somewhere like Enterprise

What an amazing hike this is! It has now landed a spot in my top 5 PNW day hikes. Went up on Ed’s Trail and came down on the Silver Star Trail. The views were stunning (even on a cloudy day), the wild flowers were amazing, and you can see multiple mountains and the gorge!

The road to the trail head is in horrible condition. There is a ton of wash out and the ruts are pretty deep in some areas. We were in a SUV and in 4WD and I still was uncomfortable driving up and down. I would highly recommend to go in a car with good clearance and 4WD. Take your time driving the road.

I love this hike. So it is possible to access the top with a truck or SUV...or anything with at least a foot of clearance -- but i recommend a 4WD or AWD vehicle. As long as you know how to read the road, you will be fine. I stayed in 2WD up and down, and it was raining pretty hard on the way down. I drive a 98 Ford exploder Sport. If you don't feel safe with this road, go to the Grouse Vista trailhead to Silver star as that road is fine.

The flowers were phenomenal, the views inspiring. Oh yeah, we saw a mountain goat!

Great short, fairly easy hike with excellent views of St. Helens, Rainier, Adams, Hood and Jefferson. You'll walk through fields of wildflowers for most of the hike. Get out there early to beat the crowds. The last 2 miles of FR 4109 are indeed quite difficult. We drove to the trailhead in a Subaru Outback with few problems. but the going was slow and harrowing in a few parts. I wouldn't attempt it without 4 wheel drive and at least 8" of clearance. Consider a skid plate if your clearance is below 12".

Attempted the drive on 6/21. 41 Bridge was closed at the campground. Went up 1100 but couldn’t traverse the washout on 4109 in a Subaru. Another SUV and a Toyota Tundra also failed to get up it. We all decided we’d either pop a tire, get stuck or high center. Take the southern route instead.

Need 4x4 in order to make it to the trailhead for sure. The hike is worth the effort with views of st Hellen’s, Rainer, Adams, and Hood as well as the Portland skyline and the Columbia. Take Ed’s trail only if adventurous and without young children. Otherwise the main trail is a relatively steady climb of 2.5 miles to the top. Wildflowers in the alpine like open trails are amazing in the late spring. The large grain gravel trail can be hard on some dogs paw pads.

attempted to drive up 5/26/18 and the road was so bad it couldn't be crossed by 4x4 vehicles. lots of crowding if incapable cars trying to turn around on the narrow forest roads. beautiful hike, but far too crowded unless you get out early.

I rate 3 stars because it was so confusing I went on a low traffic day so I didn’t go too far I definitely would like to go back and do the whole hike though

off road driving
7 months ago

We have a newer Outback, and we made it all the way to the top. Granted it was a slow drive, but the car didn’t budge once. Any 4x4 Truck, SUV or even Subaru will make it up just fine. For the rest, the road is not suitable.
The view is beautiful though, and I loved the drive up there just as much. Don’t go if your not adventurous type.

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