Silver Star Mountain - Ed's Trail Loop
Western Gorge, Washington
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Hike Details
Type:
Loop
Distance:
5 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:
1500 feet
Difficulty:
Moderate
Trail Features
Family Friendly
Family Friendly:
No
Restrooms
Restrooms:
No miles round trip
Trailhead Pass
Trailhead Pass:
No
Trail Details
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From the parking area, take trail #180. The trail starts as a single track dirt path through a young maple forest. It soon comes to a closed road and follows the old lookout access road most of the way up the mountain. You'll pass the signed lower end of Ed's Trail. From here, you can follow Ed's Trail to the left to create a loop. You will pass a couple of false summits, then the trail eventually dips into the forest near the junction with Ed's Trail and the Bluff Mountain Trail. The old road becomes very rocky at this point, and you'll soon come to another unmarked road junction. Turn left and head up the rocky spur road toward the summit.
 
Please Note: The 8-mile stretch on Road 41 and 4109 is very rough with potholes, boulders, stream channels, and wash-boarding. A mid to high-clearance car is necessary.

Driving Directions

Silver Star Trailhead - Ed's Trail:  Go North on I-5 from Vancouver, take Exit #9, and take highway 502 for 7.7 miles to Battle Ground. Or from I-205 from Vancouver take highway 500 East (exit #30B) to Battle Ground which turns into 503 North. 502 (Main St.) and 503 (Lewisville Hwy) intersect in Battle Ground near a mini-mall with a Safeway. Go north (straight) on 503 for about 5.6 miles. Turn right on Rock Creek Road and go about 8.5 miles continuing past Lucia Falls and Moulton Falls. Turn right on Sunset Falls Road just past Moulton Falls. Continue east for about 7.3 miles. There's a sign saying "Sunset C. G.". Turn right on Road 41 which goes through Sunset Campground, over the East Fork Lewis River, and then goes left. Set your odometer. At 3.4 miles, turn right on Road 4109 (sharp hairpin turn). At 4.7 miles, go left at an unmarked 4-way junction, still on Road 4109. Approximately 3 miles uphill the road, you will arrive at the trailhead. NOTE: The 8 mile stretch on Road 41 and 4109 is on a rough road with potholes, boulders, stream channels, and washboarding. A mid to high-clearance car is necessary.