Silver Star Mtn, Sunset/Moonrise Hike.

  • June 22, 2013 · 5:45 PM
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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

Sun Rise 05:20 PDT Set 21:02 PDT

Moon 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.

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  • Shelley

    Beautiful flowers and view.

    June 23, 2013

  • Robert R.

    It was a great hike with very friendly people. The sunset didn't disappoint us but the moon wasn't playing fair. Thanks everyone for the great pictures that you have uploaded!

    June 23, 2013

    • Craig G

      Thanks again Robert! I would not have done this hike had you not organized it. Well worth the trip/view on top.

      June 23, 2013

  • Ted S.

    I really enjoyed this special hike. Good leadership and participants. A normal hike made special by the sunset and moon.

    June 23, 2013

    • Craig G

      Thanks for the brownies!

      June 23, 2013

  • Craig G

    I met the group at the summit, having arrived at the summit 10 minutes earlier. My hiking partner was our household cocker spaniel - Rigby. We hiked up the Tarbell trail on the west flank (lots of very pretty wildflowers, 4 or 5 small creeks), then headed up the Sturgeon trail to the summit. Summit views were fantastic to the west at sunset. Able to see 4 mountains (St Helens, Adams, Rainier, and Hood - Hood just briefly). Clouded up to the east as night fell, so we got very brief views of the moon to the E/SE. Really enjoyed the hike and meeting everybody. Thanks! Hiking from the west flank added 1.7 miles to "Rigby's" hike - 8.5 miles, 2292 ft ascent.

    June 23, 2013

  • Ted S.

    Great hike. Although I have done it many times before, the time and people made this special. Thanks for being patient with my speed. Good organization and wonderful participants.

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I loved this hike - thank you for organizing it! I feel bad I was so distracted by taking pictures that I didn't get to visit with everyone who was there, but I had a great time visiting with those I was hiking around and enjoying the challenge and the gorgeous payoff at the end! :D

    June 23, 2013

  • Jody J.

    I loved this hike! Thank you!

    June 23, 2013

  • Tim F

    Here are the stats. 6.82 miles, 2147 ft total ascent, 2.4 mph moving avg, 4 hours 10 minutes total.

    June 23, 2013

  • Tim F

    Thanks Robert for organizing this fun event.

    June 23, 2013

  • matt s.

    That was rad! Nice meeting everyone, thanks Robert!

    June 23, 2013

  • Jenn

    Unfortunately I'm stuck at the Max, there's a train blocking the line and don't think I'm going to make it there in 5 mins. Totally sucks as I'm all ready to go and have been looking forward to this all week. Hope y'all have a blast.

    June 22, 2013

    • Tim F

      We will wait, are you moving yet

      June 22, 2013

    • Jenn

      Sadly, no- but thanks so much. I'll try again for the next hike :(

      June 22, 2013

  • matt s.

    I'm at gateway tc park and ride, where is everybody? 5:46

    1 · June 22, 2013

    • Robert R.

      I have a green expedition with Washington plates were all standing inside the garage on the good side south east side

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet at the trailhead :)

    June 22, 2013

  • elle

    my dog is sick!!! ugh!!!!!!! sorry for the last minute canceling. i REALLY wanted to go. SAD.

    June 22, 2013

  • Ted S.

    I will meet at Gateway transit center. If room, I will go with someone else. If not, I can drive. I have a few lights I will bring - headlight plus small lights for backup.

    June 22, 2013

  • Zsombor

    I just realized that according to the schedule we'll reach the summit around 9:30pm. Is this intentional? Seems a bit late considering that sunset is at 9:02pm and the moon rises even before that...

    June 22, 2013

    • Robert R.

      Yes, it is intentional. We'll enjoy the sunset on the way up with the intent of it being close to dark when we summit.

      June 22, 2013

    • Zsombor

      Thanks Robert. I'd like to be at the summit earlier, so I'll go separately, after all. Sorry about this, I should have thought this through before I signed up...

      June 22, 2013

  • Robert R.

    For those in Clark County the drive to the Transit Center only adds about 15 minutes to your drive. I am driving from Longview which gives me an additional 1hr drive each way, but I'm here for the fun and adventure no matter what the cost of time and distance. Tim F and I both have Discover Passes and can carry 12 people between the two of us. It will be tight so if anyone else has a pass and cares to drive it would be appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Robert

    June 21, 2013

  • Michael J F.

    Can't do it, sorry 'bout that. Hope somebody can take my spot.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going to post this up top in case others don't read the thread between myself and the other Washington hikers. I may carpool with them but if we don't then I'd like to know if someone could pick me up off the exit of 192nd on the way to Washougal (I'm east of the 205 bridge)... my car is low to the ground, so I don't want to drive it up that road, or have to ad 40 minutes (round trip) to my drive afterwards.

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I live in North Clark County, can I meet you at give trailhead?

    June 8, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      *I mean I have a discover pass. I have a NW forest pass too. Can't keep them straight :)

      June 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Okay, thanks - I live nearby SR14, off 192nd Avenue, and everyone will be driving past that exit on the way to Washougal, and I'm thinking if you don't want to carpool and are going a different route, I may see if someone else could stop off that exit on the way and pick me up. I have a rather low to the ground car and am afraid it's going to be an issue on this kind of road. So, Zsombor, no I don't think I'm going to drive that road. If I can't work it out I'll just drive to Gateway and carpool from there.

      June 21, 2013

  • Craig G

    My plan is to hike up there separately. Hopefully I will see you up there

    June 20, 2013

  • Zsombor

    Robert, would it be possible to add a second meeting point on the Washington side (other than the trail head)? I live in NE Vancouver and drive a Honda Civic. I have driven my car to the Grouse Vista trail head a few times last year but not in the dark...

    June 19, 2013

    • Robert R.

      We will be driving up in the daylight, also there are two others from Clark County that are meeting over there too. You might check with them.

      June 20, 2013

    • Zsombor

      "driving up in the daylight"

      I usually like to plan on coming back from these hikes... Is the sasquatch infestation that bad? ;)

      June 20, 2013

  • Robert R.

    Well it looks like Saturday is going to be the perfect day. We must have someone in the group that brings good weather our way. Forecast is for Sunny and warm. Make sure though that you bring along something warm for the summit as it will get cold while sitting. Friday and Sunday are both supposed to have rain showers, so lucky us. Looking forward to seeing y'all.

    Robert

    June 19, 2013

    • yael

      Hey Robert oh bummer! i thought my confirmation from a few weeks ago saved my spot. I am new to meet up. Is there a way i can still join? I would love to go on this hike! If not, how can I secure my spot next time? Thanks! Yael

      June 20, 2013

    • Robert R.

      The only way possible that you can join in on this Meetup event is by putting your name on the waitlist and hope that someone drops out and that you are the first to manually confirm that you want the opening. No other way around it.

      June 20, 2013

  • Tim F

    Robert, I have a Discovery Pass and can drive, can take 3 others with me.

    June 16, 2013

    • Robert R.

      I appreciate that Tim. I can take an additional 7 in my rig, so that will make up the seating for all 12 people. I actually think that one person is meeting us at the TH.

      June 16, 2013

  • Christine

    Are dogs allowed?

    June 16, 2013

    • Robert R.

      No dogs. There are lots of Meetups that are organized to be dog friendly. I don't believe there are many organizers in the group that allow dogs, some may so it's good to ask.

      June 16, 2013

  • Dave

    I'm going Backpacking instead. Have fun!

    June 15, 2013

  • jeremiah

    Option for an overnighter possibly?

    1 · May 26, 2013

    • Robert R.

      Probably not on this hike JM, but it doesn't mean that YOU and others can't make it one. I never thought about it before posting, but this would also be a great beginners overnighter on another date.

      2 · May 27, 2013

    • B.G

      JM, I'm in for an overnighter.

      June 12, 2013

  • Craig G

    If the road is fixed, I can drive my little Jetta and will get the Washington Pass. Where do we stop and get something to eat after the hike at around 2am? Guess we can discuss it at the summit...

    June 5, 2013

  • Susan

    conflict came up... have fun

    June 6, 2013

  • Susan

    I have bad night vision and would need to be a passenger...

    June 5, 2013

  • Anne S.

    This looks fun, and I've actually never hiked at night (other than pre-dawn). I'll keep my eyes on the RSVP list.

    June 1, 2013

    • Craig G

      Looks like there are at least two ways up to the Grouse Vista trailhead. Which one is fixed?

      June 4, 2013

    • Susan

      I did the hike on the way up to visit some friends who live near Yacolt, so I actually drove the whole 1200 road starting south from Washougal to the north end through "Dole", with my hike in the middle. That used to be the worst road within 100 miles of portland! Now it's one of the best gravel roads I've been on in years.

      1 · June 4, 2013

  • Robert R.

    I changed the sign-up date to June 4th. I'm planning to do a pre-hike this Sunday the 9th to see what the conditions are like up there.

    June 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm brand new to Oregon and this looks like a great first hike with this group!

    May 29, 2013

  • Jeff B.

    Hope I make the attending list...

    May 26, 2013

  • yael

    I would love to join! I am always up for a hike to see the sun or moon rise!

    May 26, 2013

  • Stephanie

    The 23rd is my birthday. Sounds like a nice way to spend it.

    May 26, 2013

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