hike: Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista
This is a great year for wildflowers on Silver Star Mountain!
Distance: 6 miles with 2,000 ft. gain
We took the Grouse Vista trailhead from the south side of Silver Star. The trail is steep, with large gravel and rocks for most of the way. After about a mile, the trail opens up, with views of Sturgeon Rock and Pyramid Rock, and tons of wildflowers. Back in the forest and once again on a steep and rocky trail, pass by several side trails before reaching a junction with the trail to the summit of Silver Star and a former lookout.
The wildflowers this year were the best I’ve seen at Silver Star. It was still a little early for bear grass, but we did see a few here and there.
At the summit, it was fairly crowded. It’s easy to understand… the wildflowers are at their peak… the weather is pretty much perfect… and it’s a holiday weekend.
If you have a high clearance vehicle and don’t mind driving on a deeply rutted road, the trailhead on the north side of Silver Star offers two excellent hiking options: Silver Star #180, or Ed’s Trail.