An Early Father’s Day Visit to Silver Star


The 4,390-foot summit of Silver Star Mountain is easily visible from much of the Portland and Vancouver area, and is located about 28 crow-flying miles northeast of home.

In late May I hiked to the summit of Silver Star from Grouse Vista on cloudy, drizzly day.

On a personal note, we placed my father’s ashes on Silver Star’s summit 15 years ago.

Sitting on the summit gave me an opportunity to honor his memory. He would have enjoyed the location.

The views are open and far-reaching on a clear day. Although, not on this day. I couldn’t see more than 40-50 feet.

Deer are often nearby, as are black bears when the huckleberries ripen in the autumn. Less than one mile away are Indian pits used for religious ceremonies in the long past.

I imagine at times the spirits of the Indians and my father sitting around an open campfire telling wild and wooly stories about hunting and other adventures.

Even though I miss him, he is always nearby when I am in the wilderness.

Rock Creek Falls

Rock Creek Falls

Oregon Flag (wild Iris) just beginning to open

Oregon Flag (wild Iris) just beginning to open

Small Noble Fir and Beargrass growing in the old burn

Small Noble Fir and Beargrass regrowing in the old Yacolt burn

Shrubby Penstemon

Shrubby Penstemon

Beargrass (wild Lily)

Beargrass (wild Lily)

Marsh Marigold

Marsh Marigold

Bicolored Lupine

Bicolored Lupine

Avalanche Lilies by the hundreds along the trail

Avalanche Lilies by the hundreds along the trail

Rock Creek Falls

Rock Creek Falls

Mt. St. Helens behind the summit of Silver Star Mountain

A ringer (Mt. St. Helens behind the summit of Silver Star Mountain from a 2014 hike)

 

 

 

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  1. John,
    A summer remembered for a life time. The summer of my 14th year was spent with you guys and most of the time with my Uncle Bus, traveling with him over many miles as he did his job as an electrical inspector. We shot ground hogs; birds saw the Grand Collie Dam, Lake Chelan (sp?), apple orchards and the high dessert. Most of time hearing stories of his youth how he was a Shepard, his Seabee days and how he meat my Aunt Rosina a USO dance, his shop and how he built and rebuilt Kentucky rifles. I loved my Uncle Bus thank you for sharing where you left his ashes. God Bless my Uncle and all of you.
    Endless Blessings

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