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.