Monday, June 8, 2015

Silver Star

Last fall we hiked at Silver Star in Gifford Pinchot National Forest for the first time.  It was really breathtaking!  There were many lovely wildflowers in bloom even then, but I couldn't wait to return in the spring.  We did and we were rewarded with wildflower meadows as far as the eye could see, and clear views of Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson and Mt. Rainier.  It was very hot in Portland but quite pleasant up there.  We arrived in the afternoon and found many cars in the parking lot, but encountered only a couple hikers the whole day.  Most people were likely on their way back on the loop as we were arriving. It was probably too hot for the numerous pikas that live in the talus slopes to do anything but have a siesta.  But the pollinators were going crazy all around us.  We saw several hummingbirds and little garter snakes.  This hike is not for the faint of heart.  Ed's Trail is truly spectacular but quite steep in places.  At one point you actually must climb up the rocks.  The road to get there is truly awful and a high clearance vehicle is an absolute necessity. A Northwest Forest Pass is required at the trailhead.   Oregon Hiker's Guide has the better description of the hike and Washington Trails Association has directions and a trip report with photos that really helped us get to the trailhead. 

Oregon flag iris.
Star-flowered false Solomon's seal.
Western bistort.
Red columbine.
Bear grass.
Columbia lewisia.
Spreading phlox.
Western meadowrue.
Bear grass.
Leafy fleabane.
Sitka valerian.
Western meadowrue.
Bunchberry.
Oregon anemone.

Oregon anemone.
Western wallflower.
Violets.
Rosy spiraea.
Penstemon.
Hummingbird.  I think this is a female black-chinned.
Bleeding hearts.
Large false Solomon's seal.
The stone arch.
Avalanche lily.
Leafy fleabane.
This climb is part of the trail.
Rock penstemon.
Western sweet vetch.
Rusty saxifrage.
Wild rose.
Rosy spiraea.
Lupine.
Cow parsnip.
Red columbine.
Sitka valerian.
Oregon flag iris.
Penstemon.
Mountain goldenbanner.
Indian paintbrush.
Salmonberry.

3 comments:

Greg Lief said...

Excellent photos! Well done!

Laura Lucanidae said...

Thank you Greg! Can't go wrong at Silver Star!

Mama Gone Green said...

looks amazing!