Pets allowed
Not Allowed
Elevation Gain
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
Trail type
5.70 mi (9.17 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass

Washington Discovery Pass


Great view to multiple volcanic peaks.


Accessed via backroads.

Trailhead Elevation

3,200.00 ft (975.36 m)


Backcountry camping
Big vistas
Old-growth forest


Nearby Adventures

Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington
Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington
Southwest Washington/Mount St. Helens, Washington

Nearby Lodging + Camping


I've seen Silver Star on my ride home for months and finally made it up there. Awesome hike. Hard to beat the view from the top. Be aware that signage isn't great. If you approach via Washougal River Rd. There is one sign pointing you towards the trail but not much else. Definitely worth the sweat. I'll be to explore.
The hike was such a good one that I had to go back and see it with the fall colors - it was definitely worth another trip. I've also been told it's worth yet another seasonal trip to see the spring flowers.
This trip was awesome, a must do for anyone in Portland!
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