Silver Star Mountain (Skamania) Climber's Log

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iditarod81

iditarod81 - Oct 7, 2017 10:38 pm Date Climbed: Oct 7, 2017

Fall colors were amazing!  Sucess!

Magnificent hike with my husband and 14-month old son. The fall colors were absolutely spectacular AND we beat the rain!

Gregpdx - Mar 9, 2015 9:43 pm Date Climbed: Mar 8, 2015

Amazing View!  Sucess!

Perfect weather and the views outstanding

ericwillhite

ericwillhite - Oct 6, 2014 11:06 pm Date Climbed: Oct 4, 2014

Camped on the summit  Sucess!

Took my family up to the summit for a nice camp. Placed 2 small tents right on the concrete slab of the former lookout. Amazing views of Portland and Vancouver at night.

cyffredinol

cyffredinol - Jun 5, 2013 12:26 am Date Climbed: Jun 4, 2013

lovely hike  Sucess!

A sunny day and a pretty hike! Beargrass just starting to bloom. Only encountered two hikers on the entire trail. Where is everybody?

nicozone

nicozone - May 2, 2012 5:44 pm Date Climbed: Apr 7, 2012

Mazama BCEP Hike

Another year, another BCEP class makes it to the saddle below the summit ridge and has to turn around because of unstable snow pack and reaching our turn-around time. Great views from the saddle though.

TyC

TyC - Aug 14, 2011 3:12 am Date Climbed: Aug 12, 2011

Once again  Sucess!

Went up with a friend did silver star and sturgeon rock,

TyC

TyC - Jul 16, 2011 1:53 pm Date Climbed: Jul 15, 2011

Snow still on the summit trail  Sucess!

Great hike! Started from Grouse Vista Trail head and headed up the trail. Scrambled Pyramid rock and the headed up towards Silver Star summit. Snow still covered several areas of the trail.

Redwic

Redwic - Jun 6, 2010 10:28 am Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2010

Side-trip for my CoHP trip  Sucess!

I summited Silver Star Mountain as part of a side-trip that involved Sturgeon Rock and "Sturgeon Fin" (the Clark CoHP). "Sturgeon Fin" was my 19th WA CoHP. A lot of snow on the trail between 3700'-4200'. The summits were bare. Great views in all directions. This area was packed full of hikers; definitely a popular area. No animals seen, but plenty of grouse heard in the surrounding forests. I also summited Goat Mountain (the Cowlitz CoHP) earlier during the same day.

OJ Loenneker

OJ Loenneker - Apr 25, 2010 11:09 pm Date Climbed: Apr 25, 2010

WOW!  Sucess!

Holy crap! I had overlooked this peak for years. I always just summed it up as "a shitty road, so forget that"...

Well, I drove the road, and yes it's not great. Part of the road is 4" rip-rap in leiu of true Macadam, but that's how those logging companies do it.

The Hike is so so. The views are GREAT!!!!! I am pissed at my self for not doing this sooner. OH SNAP, there is more!!! Bluff Mt. Little Baldy.... Can't wait to get another chance to explore in this area more.

mtncorg

mtncorg - Jan 14, 2010 10:56 pm

normal trail/road  Sucess!

Nice hike to gain a few views. Time it right in June and you'll be walking through acres and acres of beargrass blooms mixed with Indian paintbrush, etc.. Nice walk over to Old Baldy, as well to gain a better appreciation of the Yacolt Burn.

mkpatrick

mkpatrick - Sep 1, 2009 6:20 am Date Climbed: May 21, 2009

South Side  Sucess!

Great day to be outside, check out sturgeon rock if your up there

BCJ

BCJ - Jul 22, 2009 10:35 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2009

Gorgeous day  Sucess!

Went for an anniversary hike with my wife. Perfect day with clear skies, meadows thick with wildflowers and hordes of butterflies (not a single mosquito).

Lunadog

Lunadog - May 11, 2009 12:14 pm Date Climbed: May 9, 2009

Snowday  Sucess!

With my Dad. We went off trail early due to crusty snow but the beargrass was mostly over my head (not hard to do when you are 2 feet tall). I heard there was a goat living on Pyramid Rock so I was ready to kick some goat butt but we didn't see one. Went up some cool snow near the top and I got to hang around on the summit for a while. Saw some cool dogs on the way back. My Dad brought the wrong hiking guide so we had to guess at the roads driving in. We guessed wrong but did get to drive past a prison in the woods. My advice is not to get off trail in this area. You never know who you'll meet out there. ;- ) This is a cool hike though, I give it four paws (and a tail).

BSPclimber

BSPclimber - Jul 20, 2008 7:49 pm Date Climbed: Jul 16, 2008

On bikes  Sucess!

My son and I hike a biked up. Rode around for a while on the trails to the north and east of the summit. Was a nice fast downhill to the north, Ed's trail to the NE was fun for a bit, then got too dangerous with cliffs where a fall would have been the end. So we went up to the summit for the real fun. Still patches of considerable snow past 3700 feet and maybe 5 trees across the trail. We rode down in 30 minutes despite having to walk past the blowdown, riding through the snow bits and having to stop for a minute when my son went over the bars halfway down the steep part near the bottom(he wasn't hurt, wish I was 16 again!). The top is fairly rough, I'll give most of it a BK4(see Klenke's rating system), the middle section is smoother and much faster, probably BK 2-3. The bottom is fairly steep and very rough, I agree with the 5.3 rating Klenke gave it. It was a blast, and I am happy to note that we rode the entire trail with the exception of having to walk around the blowdown. Note: Good brakes are a must, and I highly recommend a nice plush full suspension bike. I have a Gary Fisher HiFi Plus with 5" of travel front a rear with hydraulic discs, and was very thankful I did.

iceager - Jul 19, 2008 8:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 14, 2008

Latest snow ever.  Sucess!

I've been hiking here for fifteen years and before this year the snow was gone by the end of June, usually by May. This year I was on top of 3-4 FEET of snow at 4200' in the forest on the west side. There was snow patches below the summit on the east side (which is bare of trees); this after 100 degree heat in Portland. WOW! And the flowers (with the exception of almost no Beargrass) were unbelievable. I saw no one on a monday except for a couple just starting out when I finished.

SubalpineSam

SubalpineSam - Jun 16, 2008 12:13 am Date Climbed: Jun 15, 2008

Is it June or February??  Sucess!

Wow! What a place, and right in our back yard!!! Weather was perfect today with great visibility once the morning funk burned off. 2/3 of the trail was still under snow. At one point a guy with a tent used an 8-foot tent pole to probe the snow and never reached the bottom. The next few weeks might get kind of hairy up here, as the snow is starting to melt in earnest from the bottom, and hikers are likely to start into some serious postholing.

YEM

YEM - Aug 22, 2007 3:01 am

South Side  Sucess!

A great area right next to Portland. I don't like the "roads" cut into the mountains, but you can't have it all. Fall and winter are especially good times to visit. Come on a day when the weather allows for good views.

Annie

Annie - Aug 6, 2007 6:53 pm Date Climbed: Mar 4, 2006

Goat  Sucess!

First hike with Brian. Natasha also was with us. Saw the goat, lots of snow.

NickyP - May 28, 2007 10:11 pm Date Climbed: May 28, 2007

Great Day for a Hike  Sucess!

Went strait to a crowded trailhead after work around 2:30. Took Ed's trail up and came down the main trail. Saw a group parasailing off the ridge while I was up there too. I would say the best view of the area is on this summit.

BSPclimber

BSPclimber - May 19, 2007 2:44 pm Date Climbed: May 18, 2007

South Ridge  Sucess!

My son and I started at 5:30 PM. Summited at 7, started back down at 7:15, back to the car by 8:20. Weather was so-so at the start, clouds came in on the way up, got a couple of sun breaks at the summit, then more clouds and a bit of rain on the way down. Snow in all of the shady areas from 3600 feet up, considerable amounts near the summit (3-6 feet). Enjoyable hike/scramble, we will be back later to do this descent on bike.

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