trip reports

June 23, 2019

Silver Star Mountain day hike

We started at the Grouse Vista trail for a foggy hike up to Silver Star Mountain. While the Grouse Vista trail is steep, rocky, and viewless for most of the way up, the mid-section traverses a scenic open ridge with wildflower-covered slopes.

Just over two miles in, we dediced to take the side trail to the Indian Pits. We were hoping that if we spent time on this trail first, the fog would clear by the time we reached Silver Star. This side trail sees far less traffic, and in spots it gets fairly brushy and it easy to lose in a few places, especially as you get closer to the Indian Pits. We couldn’t see very far in front of us and lost the trail on the way to the pits, so we turned around to head back towards Silver Star.

The fog started to clear a bit on the way, but there were no views from the summit. Regardless, the bear grass and wildflowers were everywhere, and the fog gave the area a mystical feel, so it was still a good day.

Distance: 8.2 miles with 2,200 ft gain

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

starting out on the trail from the Grouse Vista trailhead

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

foggy conditions persisted most of the day

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

too much of the trail looks like this

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

Indian Pits trail

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

bear grass!

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

foggy conditions on the Indian Pits trail

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

Indian Pits trail

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

the fog made this forest section look eerie

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

rocky formations on the Indian Pits trail

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

rock garden

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

heading back on the Indian Pits trail

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

rocky structures and bear grass

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

the fog started to lift… but only for a short time

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

happy to be on the trail

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

lunch break on the summit of Silver Star

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

Silver Star Mountain

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

heading back down the Grouse Vista trail, with a view of the Columbia River

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

my favorite section of wildflowers was on this rocky slope

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

mix of wildflowers

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

wildflowers

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

Pyramid Rock, which was not visible on the hike in

Silver Star Mountain via Grouse Vista hike

Paintbrush-covered hillside

Tags: ,