Explore the most popular nature trips trails near Yacolt with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

Easy walk to the falls. You can walk out on the rocks, but watch your footing. There are multiple signs that say no water contact. There is a bathroom, parking lot and picnic areas here.

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
1 month 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.

Hiked on Sunday despite all the clear cut the hike was nice. I loved being able to walk right up to the bottom of hidden Falls

Get here EARLY and I can’t stress that enough lol. Wonderful very easy hike for the whole family. I seen little children ages 2-3 that were hiking just fine. Little to no elevation gain but all of the falls are amazing. BEWARE: The Trail can definitely be confusing at times. If you want to check it out before you go there is YouTube video I did below, copy/paste the link.

https://youtu.be/hDOKVLZPGsw

View at the top was unbelievable. Hike was strenuous: it felt like we would never stop climbing

Be aware of this road in spring! The first 6 miles of the road is all right, but once you’re on the side-road on the way to Silver Star, you’ll be second guessing yourself. Beware! This road is incredibly dangerous for most vehicles and persons not familiar with off-road driving.

It was a fun adventure. I love taking photos off trail, looking for unique points of interest. I got a lot of great little photos on here. https://instagram.com/p/Bh-am7Fnd6z/

Very easy hike (more like a walk) with a beautiful waterfall.

made it all the way but the last 1 mile due to snow. last 2 miles is very rutty. recommend snowshoes but we postholed and made it in others tracks falling through about 1-2 feet+ at times. super duper windy did not summit today but will be back. 3-10-18

This was our first time coming here and didn’t really know what to expect as a friend had been suggested it so we thought, why not? If you’re looking for a quiet hike, this is not it. We got an early start but it was a constant stream of people, bikes, horses, etc. Not a big deal to some but not my idea of a hike. It was also clear that many people don’t clean up after their dogs, which was disappointing as I carried my bags the easy 2.5 miles to the garbage. We came from the Hantwick TH and planned to take some trails past the bridge but there was zero signage which for a place like this, you’d think they would have some guide or map other than just elevation. we did the most obvious small loop and called it good as we were getting a little irritated trying to figure it out past that. Like others have said too, hard to see the falls in high water season so maybe a sign to let you know what you may be looking at would’ve been nice. The scenery and bridge were beautiful, it just wasn’t the right “hike” for us.

walking
5 months ago

Very pretty trail. Short and EASY ...however, this trail is kid, family, and dog friendly. No real incline. Falls are literally a few hundred yards from parking lot!

incredible hike. you need a jeep, lifted 4x4/AWD SUV, or offroad capable truck for the final 2 miles of road

Incredible experience. bring a jeep, lifted suv, or large truck. it's no joke

I have been up to this trail a couple times in January 2018. Most recent is January 21st.

Let's start with the road. I read many reviews and thought, okay, you people can't get your Honda up there or something, it probably isn't that bad. Boy... Was I wrong! I have a Ram 1500 Rebel which is an off-road truck and there are some spots where it challenges the clearance. I also went up there with a friend who has a Jeep Grand Cherokee Trail Hawk and the road was barely passable and at two points we had the Grand Cherokee on three wheels, and this was trying to keep from the worst stuff.
Right now the snow is really wet and slippery on the road near the parking lot and one corner is pretty bad and you will slip down and fall into a pretty big rut.
Long story short, you need a off-road capable vehicle. I would not take a cross-over, Subaru, etc. kind of vehicle up here until the road is graded again. An SUV with good ground clearance, like a Trail Hawk that can raise the ride height or a full-size truck with 4WD or AWD.

Okay, on to the hike though.
The hike is a pretty steep grade during parts, but the trails are well maintained and the views are impressive on a clear day! There are some cliffs near the trails, but nothing immediately close, but if you have kids/dogs, you may want to stay aware. Overall, well worth the effort and a great place to be!

you will need a high clearance vehicle FR 4109 is in bad shape. we went yesterday and didn't reach summit due to 55 mph winds on the ridge. it was very unpleasant. there were patches of snow along the ridge but nothing impassable. I can't speak for snow at summit as we didn't make it but it didn't look bad from the ridge. I've hiked this before and thought it was a pretty cool hike. probably the best approach to silver star.

We found this hike to be a little vanilla and relatively crowded. While the path is well taken care of, we tend to go hiking for a little more seclution. During January the falls are more of a set of large rapids but I'm sure they are more appealing during the dryer months. The river setting is nice and there are plenty of opportunities to stop and have a picnic at one of the many park benches provided. The thing that saved the day from total disappointment was the pair of bald eagles we found only 40 to 50 feet up in a tree right off the trail over looking the water. They seemed completely unoffended by our presence and stood for our many pictures of them.

hiking
6 months ago

Fun little walk with the kids. Nice views but not really PNW Wilderness. Would be great it you’re just looking to get outside.

Went to do this hike today and had to turn around due to road conditions. The last 10 miles are unpaved road but we’re no problem for my Ford Focus but the final 2.5 miles were too rough and I️ had to turn around. Unfortunately I️ didn’t get to do the hike but thought I’d give everyone a heads up that you’ll need more clearance than a 2013 Ford Focus to get to the trailhead unless you want to park 2.5 miles away and hike to the trailhead

simple yet beautiful trail

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail, but it was crazy windy and cold the day I went! The views are really great along the way and at the top. I will have to go back and explore more of the trails connecting to the silver star on a warmer day. Also the road about 2.5 miles before the trail is ROUGH! deep trenches, rocks and pot holes. I made it with my Trooper, but I'd be worried with a low clearance vehicle. Just be aware

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