Northwest Wildflowers

Wildflower Destinations > Columbia River Gorge (West)

Silver Star Mountain

Clark & Skamania Counties, Washington

Yacolt Burn State Forest & Gifford Pinchot National Forest

Fees: WA Discover Pass (at south trailhead)

Activity: hiking

Elevation: 2385'-4374'

Current status (as of 5/25/24): early blooms

Notes: One of the best and most accessible wildflower displays in the entire Pacific Northwest. However, the northern trailhead's road has gotten so bad that only high-clearance vehicles should attempt it. The southern trailhead requires a Washington Discover Pass.

Peak wildflower bloom on Silver Star Mountain is typically from early June through the end of July, but there may be some flowers blooming from mid-May until mid-August.*

Typical year:

Featured plants: Hedysarum occidentale

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* The dates given on this Web site for each location's blooming season are only estimates and can vary from year to year. Weather conditions in the winter and spring can shift these dates by up to a month, especially in the mountains. For the latest updates, check the Oregon Wildflowers or PortlandHikers Facebook groups, or browse the most recent postings to iNaturalist or Instagram.