Silver Star Mountain Trail

Dole, Washington 98672

Silver Star Mountain Trail

Silver Star Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Silver Star has been a crown jewel in the Chinook Trail System—a trail system that links east and west sides of the Columbia River Gorge. The Silver Star Trail has captured the attention of many local hikers for very good reasons: it offers a high, meadow-lined ridge and lots of pretty foliage for autumn colors. It’s a beautiful little trail, well worth anyone’s time to visit."

Silver Star Mountain Trail Reviews

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Silver Star is amazing both for its expansive vistas and for its abundance of wildflowers in the springtime. You definitely need a high clearance vehicle to get there, because you have to drive one of the gnarliest roads ever in order to access it. We drove to the trailhead in a Subaru with few problems but the drive was slow and scary in a few parts. The hike is a pretty steep grade during parts, but the trails are well maintained and the views are so impressive on a clear day. You'll walk through fields of beautiful wildflowers for most of the hike. The large grain gravel trail can be hard on some pups' paws, so I would consider that before taking a dog. There are some cliffs near the trails, but nothing immediately close. If you have kids and/or dogs, you may want to be extra cautious. The view at the top was sublime and spectacular. From the summit there are views in all directions of Mounts Rainier, Adams, Hood, and Jefferson, as well as the ocean.
We might have been able to give a rating of the hike, had the directions been EVEN CLOSE. Proper Directions: After turning on to Skamania Mine Road, continue (a mile or two) until it turns to gravel. Continue on the gravel road (FSR 1200) keeping left for about 6 miles. Trailhead is marked by a parking area with trail heads on either side of the road.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Late May-November
3,390 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,390 feet
Top Elevation
USFS Mount Adams Ranger District
Local Contacts
Green Trails No. 396 Lookout Mountain
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Jul 2018