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The 4,390-foot summit of Silver Star Mountain is easily visible from much of the Portland and Vancouver area, and visible from my deck.
Over the years, I have hiked to the summit many times.
The views are open and far-reaching on a clear day, including the snow-covered summits of the high Cascade volcanoes.
In early July the wildflowers were at their peak. And, because it was a sunny day, the butterflies were visible by the hundreds. To me, they always seem to impart a little magic, like vibrant wildflowers that have been brought to life.
Snowberry Checkerspot Butterfly
Huckleberry flower and berry