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Enjoy the "some of the finest wildflower meadows in the Cascades” as stated by Craig Romano, during prime bloom on this late spring/early summer outing with hike leaders Christoph Stauder and Jay Nutt. On a clear day, you will see five Cascade volcanoes and overlook the entire length of the Columbia River Gorge from Stacker Butte to Larch Mountain. After enjoying the spectacular scenery atop Silver Star, you will hike north another 1.6 mile on an old road through open meadows and return the same distance via the parallel Ed‘s Trail with its famous rock arch. * Only well-conditioned and well-prepared hikers should attempt a very strenuous hike. The hike will generally be long and steep, and may include rock scrambling, stream crossings, and other challenging terrain. Generally 8 miles and over.
Trained volunteers lead Friends outings
What you can expect on this guided outing: Ed’s Trail involves a short and steep scramble of about 30 vertical feet requiring the use of hands. Like many trails in the Yacolt Burn area that follow old roadbeds and jeep tracks, the hike to Silver Star Mountain from the Grouse Vista trailhead has long sections of loose rock which can test your balance, hiking poles are recommended. This hike can be a steep, rocky descent on tired legs.
Hazards: Portions of this trail are semi-rugged, have long sections of loose rock, and steep in sections. View the recommended 10+ Essentials List to help you pack.
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Fee: Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to state parks for day use. For more information about the Discover Pass and exemptions, please visit the Discover Pass web page.
Restrooms: Vault toilet at Grouse Vista Trailhead
Managed By: Grouse Vista Trailhead, WA State Parks, Silver Star Mountain & Ed's Trail, U.S. Forest Service
What to expect at a Friends guided outing: Expect a supportive and welcoming space where experienced hike leaders and shepherds guide you throughout Gorge outdoor spaces. Friends outings provide the opportunity to explore the Columbia Gorge, build community, and learn how Friends is the only conservation organization entirely dedicated to protecting, preserving, and stewarding the Gorge.
A confirmation email with outing details will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.
Questions about this guided outing, contact Melissa Gonzalez at email@example.com or 971-634-1265.
Questions about membership, contact Hannah Anderson-Dana at firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo: Laurie Gunn