Silver Star Mountain / Indian pits / Pyramid rock
- Hike Type: In and Out
- Distance: 7.8 miles (round trip)
- Elevation gain: 2200 feet
- High point: 4,375 feet
- Meeting location - MMC / 8AM / July 9. Carpool from there.
- Driving distance 38 miles/65 minutes one way.
- Carpool suggested contribution $10
- Permit: You need a Washington Discover pass to park at the trailhead.
Silver Star has amazing summer wildflower meadows on its slopes, as well as the fantastic 360 degree panoramic vista from the top. On a clear day, you can see five Cascade volcanoes. Start from the Grouse Vista trailhead, which avoids the terrible road on the north side. We will do side trips to the Indian pits and Pyramid rock. Pace will be moderate with time to stop and smell the flowers as well as take photos.
We start by hiking up a rocky, abandoned road to start, then follow nice trails, passing west of Pyramid rock, to the summit where we will have lunch and take in the vistas. We then retrace our ascent route for 1/2 mile, then divert to view the Indian Pits, an ancient Vision Quest spot. Return to the main trail and descend another 1/2 mile to a junction where we follow a less used trail around the east side of Pyramid rock. We will have a short scramble (optional) to the top of the rock for more views, then descend and rejoin the main trail back to our cars.
Due to the late spring and persistent snows this year, I expect wildflowers to peak later in July, so this should be a great weekend.
Registration is Closed