Yes, many will call the June 2013 full moon a SUPERMOON. The upcoming full moon on June 23, 2013, at 4:32am, will not only be the closest and largest full moon of the year. It’ll also present the moon’s closest encounter with Earth for all of 2013. Although I don't plan to be out into the wee hours of morning, we can still experience both a beautiful sunset to the west, and the rise of the moon to the east.
The super moon of March 19, 2011 (right), compared to an average moon of December 20, 2010 (left). Will you be able to notice with your eye alone that tonight's full moon is bigger or brighter than usual?
Washougal 45°38'N 122°12'W
Rise 05:20 PDT Set 21:02 PDT
Rise 20:18 PDT Set 04:41 PDT
Phase Waxing Gibbous
This hike will take you to the summit of Silver Star Mountain. I'm hoping that we will have some display of blooming flowers. The last time we did this hike we had views of MT's St Helens, Hood, Rainier, Adams, and Jefferson. We will spend time at the summit and enjoy the view.
We will be summiting the mountain by way of the Grouse Vista Route. This is closer to Portland and will be ideal due to the late hour we will be returning. This hike can be strenuous at some points, but is rewarding. We will keep a nice, steady pace, and stay together as a group. This is not a hike for fast hikers, we will go at a pace that everyone is comfortable with. I like to take pictures and prefer that everyone has a chance to capture memories. You must be in at least reasonable shape. The trail is up hill the entire hike to the top. Some places are steep. This goes for coming back down as it will be 3 miles of downhill. Bring any kind of knee support you may need if you use them. Trekking poles are highly recommended. Bring boots that will offer good ankle support. The rocks on this trail are ankle twisters!
Bring: 2-3 liters of WATER, TEN ESSENTIALS, good hiking boots, good hiking poles (optional of course), TWO sources of light are mandatory, a head lamp would be ideal as one. non cotton clothing, hiking snacks. Please plan accordingly, it can be cold at the top so bring along an insulating layer that will stop the wind.
Start point: Grouse Vista Trail-head
End point: Silver Star Mountain
Hike Type: Out and Back
Distance: 6.0 miles (round trip)
Hiking time: Approx 2.5hrs up and 1.5 -2hrs back. We will spend 1 hour at the summit.
Elevation gain: 2040 feet
Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult
Permits Required: Washington State Discovery Pass.
Drive time is approximately 1 hour.
Distance is 80 miles round trip.
Carpool cost is 10 cents per mile, per person, to be collected and divvied up at the Transit Center before we leave. Please bring exact amount ($8.00)
This hike is dependent on the weather. If it's going to be cloudy or rainy then there is no reason to go on an evening hike of this type.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.
PARTICIPATE AT YOUR OWN RISK; Northwest Wilderness Group organizers are volunteers. We come prepared to lead you on a trail or off trail hike but assume no liability for your safety getting to or from the trail-head or on the hike. In case of accident, illness, or other incapacity, hikers must pay for their own medical and/or evacuation expenses, whether or not the hiker has specifically authorized them.