Silver Star Mountain Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"As seen from Portland, Silver Star Mountain is that long, brownish ridge to the northeast that frustratingly blocks the view of Mt. Adams. But from atop this ridge there is nothing to obstruct the views, not only of Mt. Adams, but of pretty much everything else for 50 or more miles in any direction. And it’s not just the views that make a visit here worthwhile. In 1902, the massive Yacolt Burn swept over this peak, killing nearly all the trees. The forests have yet to return, so despite its relatively low elevation, the peak has an open, almost alpine appearance, with plenty of sunshine to nourish thousands of acres of wildflowers in June and July. Surprisingly few hikers visit this area, and those that do almost always make it a dayhike. But a campsite near a little-known spring just southwest of the summit allows backpackers to spend the night, watch a terrific sunset, and even see the lights of Portland twinkling far below. Several routes lead to the summit, and every one of them is outstanding. The two best are a relatively short but very attractive loop from the north and a longer and even more scenic trail from the east."