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Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail

Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington

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Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail

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  • Running water below Silver Star Mountain.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View north to Mount St. Helens (8,366').- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Encountering snow along the trail.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View north to Mount St. Helens (8,366') from the trail.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View to Silver Star Mountain (4,364') from the trail below.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Climbing the trail to Silver Star Mountain (4,364').- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View south toward the Silver Star summit  (4,364').- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Hiking near the summit.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Light rock scramble nearing the summit.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View north over the trail.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Taking a peek over the cliff.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View south to the summit with a wind-sheltered camp in the foreground.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Looking north at Mount St. Helens (8,366').- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View over the trail to Mount St. Helens (8,366').- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Enjoying the cliff-side view with a cloud-covered Mount Hood (11,250') in the background.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Enjoying the view to Silver Star Mountain (4,364').- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Hiking back to the parking area.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View north of Mount St. Helens (8,366').- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • View south of Mount Hood (11,249 ft.)- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
  • Silverstar Mountain.- Silver Star Mountain via Ed's Trail + Silver Star Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great view to multiple volcanic peaks.
Cons: 
Accessed via backroads.
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Region:
Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
Parking Pass: 
Washington Discovery Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
5.70 mi (9.17 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)
Current Local Weather:
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Silver Star Mountain, at 4,390 feet, will give you a beautiful view on a clear day to Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams and Mount Hood. This hike in the southwestern Cascade Mountains will no doubt provide exceptional views all along the trail, as well as a rewarding 360-degree view after a not-too-strenuous hike. Recognizable from the summit, “Silver Star” became the name of the mountain thanks to the five distinct ridges that run out in the shape of a star from the top of this extinct volcano. The open views along (nearly) the entire trail route are due in part to a forest fire in 1902 that burned 238,000 acres and still ranks as the largest fire in Washington’s history.

Thanks to the mountain’s location, you don't have to pay a parking or hiking fee. On the other hand, due to the location, the trailhead requires careful navigation along back roads. Be sure to check your directions before searching out the trailhead along NF-4109. Those looking for a route variation or a more challenging adventure can consider the Bluff Mountain Trail approach.

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