Silver Star Mountain via Sturgeon Rock Loop Hike

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morganovitch
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Silver Star Mountain via Sturgeon Rock Loop Hike

Post by morganovitch » May 18th, 2018, 7:48 am

5/15/18
Tarbell trail is completely cut off by active logging just past mile post 9.5 across the Rock Creek bridge.
Had to turn back and head up the main trail to Silver Star, the vista was mostly obscured by fog but beautiful nonetheless.

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Re: Silver Star Mountain via Sturgeon Rock Loop Hike

Post by sgyoung » May 20th, 2018, 5:42 pm

Thanks for the update about the logging. To clarify, is access to the trail cut off (in a temporary fashion) or has the logging more seriously closed off the tarbell trail?

I've only ever done Silver Star from the north trail head and have long wanted to explore the other routes up there.

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Re: Silver Star Mountain via Sturgeon Rock Loop Hike

Post by johnspeth » May 21st, 2018, 5:28 am

I tried to do the same loop on Saturday. The logging operation was going on with plenty of noise that echoed in the valley for all to hear. It marred an otherwise perfect hiking day. Since the Oregon side of the Gorge is closed, traffic on Silverstar trails were probably much higher than typical.

There were no signs telling the Tarbell trail was closed. Nor where there signs it was closed at the Sturgeon Rock trail junction. It's a shame the state can't curtail logging in areas that are so close to designated public recreation areas.

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Re: Silver Star Mountain via Sturgeon Rock Loop Hike

Post by Thuja » May 21st, 2018, 11:57 am

sgyoung wrote:
May 20th, 2018, 5:42 pm
Thanks for the update about the logging. To clarify, is access to the trail cut off (in a temporary fashion) or has the logging more seriously closed off the tarbell trail?

I've only ever done Silver Star from the north trail head and have long wanted to explore the other routes up there.
I tried to hike Silver Star from Grouse Vista trailhead on 5/17, but found myself taking a wrong left turn (possibly L-2010 to L-2011) and ending up in the middle of logging operations. The loggers were very nice and informed me that I would encounter nothing but active logging if I continued further.
We decided to turn around and start at Tarbell trailhead up L-1100, which had a map showing current logging closures. Tarbell trail is closed for active logging from hidden falls to grouse vista trailhead. It appears possible to reach Grouse Vista trailhead up L-1200 (I ended up within logging zone due to a false turn) and hike straight up to silver star, avoiding the tarbell trail to hidden falls.

Tarbell trailhead is open, and we hiked tarbell trail to chinook trail to ed's trail, all of which are open. And yes, we definitely heard the noise polluting logging machinery echo through the valleys.

From the WA state BLM site: https://www.dnr.wa.gov/Yacolt
Recreation alert: The Tarbell Trail will be closed Monday through Friday between Hidden Falls and the Grouse Vista Trailhead for public safety during timber harvest activities associated with the Moonster Timber Sale.
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Re: Silver Star Mountain via Sturgeon Rock Loop Hike

Post by Chip Down » May 28th, 2018, 7:50 pm

johnspeth wrote:
May 21st, 2018, 5:28 am
There were no signs telling the Tarbell trail was closed. Nor where there signs it was closed at the Sturgeon Rock trail junction.
I was at Grouse Vista TH today. On the front of the info kiosk there was no notice, nor was there a notice at the junction just up from the TH. On the back of the kiosk was a sole item, the notice of this closure. Sure looks like somebody deliberately did the bare minimum necessary in order to claim the closure was posted. Also, notice in my pic below they say the reason for the closure is "Forest Mgmt Activities". Umm...ya know, most of us regular folk would know what you meant if you wrote "logging". Incidentally, at upper right of the detail pic, notice the trail identified as "Stairway" (should be Starway). By the way, Tarbell is closed going both ways from Grouse Vista. Do I still need to display a Disappointment Pass?
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Front of kiosk. I guess the parking fees don't raise enough money for garbage collection or bridge repairs. Pays for video surveillance (not that I believe that sign).
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Posted on back of kiosk.
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Detail of above notice.
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I suspect the trail runs between the yellow arrows.

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