Silver Star Mountain, Silver Star Mountain - Ed's Trail — Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016
Type of HikeDay hike
Trail ConditionsObstacles on trail:
Muddy or wet trail,
Overgrown in places.
RoadRoad rough but passable
For this hike I did a loop where I hiked up to the summit on the Silver Star trail and then hiked down on Ed's Trail. Once you get to the Sunset Falls campground, the roads are notoriously bad, especially once you get to Road 4109. I personally wouldn't try to get to the trail head in less than a small SUV/truck, but just today I saw a couple mini vans and several small cars. So, it's doable, but probably not a good place to take your Civic unless you drive very carefully. As an aside, driving here from the Woodland area via Cedar Creek Rd then through Amboy and Yacolt to Sunset Falls Rd is absolutely picturesque this time of year. The Silver Star trail is in decent shape. Now that all the bushes have lost their leaves it feels a lot less brushy and is pretty easy to follow. I've previously tried to start on Ed's Trail but have always turned around at what I thought was a steep dead end thinking I must've ended up on an old, abandoned trail. It turns out that that actually is the trail. It's easier to find the start of Ed's Trail when coming down from the summit. Thanks to all the rain we've had recently the trail was slippery. There were two parts of the trail that I found difficult, one where I had to climb down a steep rock and the other was a steep switchback that I had previously thought was a dead end when coming at it from the other direction. The lower parts of the trail, closer to the lower junction with the Silver Star trail, were brushy but not as slippery. The view from the summit was great, though the clouds obscured Mt Adams. I think both trails are great and this was a nice loop (and probably easier than reversing the directions). I think the Silver Star trail is easier and more direct. Just keep walking steadily uphill with little variation until you get to the top. Ed's Trail felt more exposed and a little more challenging as far as navigating the varying terrain. Both trails have great views for most of the hike.