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[[Category:360 Degree Summits]]
 
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[[Category:Gifford Pinchot National Forest]]
 
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[[Category:Southwest Washington]]
 
[[Category:Southwest Washington]]
 
[[Category:Volcanic Features]]
 
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[[Image:LittleBaldyFromSS.jpg|thumb|400px|Little Baldy from the summit of Silver Star Mountain  ''(Jeff Statt)'']]
  
[[Image:LittleBaldyFromSS.jpg|thumb|250px|Little Baldy from the summit of Silver Star Mountain.  ''(Jeff Statt)'']]
 
 
* Hikes including this location:
 
* Hikes including this location:
** {{Hike ring|trailhead=Bluff Mountain Trailhead|hike=Silver Star via Bluff Mountain Hike|log=Silver Star via Bluff Mountain Hike/Log|previous=Bluff Mountain|next=Bluff Mountain-Starway Trail Junction}}
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** {{Hike ring|trailhead=Bluff Mountain Trailhead|hike=Silver Star Mountain via Bluff Mountain Hike|log=Silver Star Mountain via Bluff Mountain Hike/Log|previous=Bluff Mountain|next=Bluff Mountain-Starway Trail Junction}}
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{{maplinkinfo|latitude=45.74707|longitude=-122.20505}}
 
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{{Elevation|4035 feet}}
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* Elevation: 3910 feet  
  
 
=== Description ===
 
=== Description ===
One of a dozen exposed peaks in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, Little Baldy stands out as it appears like a nearly symmetric rock pile. Many hikers pass Little Baldy on the [[Bluff Mountain]] approach to [[Silver Star Mountain]], but a side trip to the top is worth it for the solitude and views. The main trail skirts the summit, but the old trail to the peak can be found along the way, or you can make your own path by scrambling up the scree field from the north side. Several vision quest pits are sccttered around the top of the mountain, but ther authenticity is questionable. The big pit at the summit has been obviously reinforced by modern questers. On a clear day, you'll see [[Mount Saint Helens]] and [[Mount Rainier|Rainier]] to the north, [[Mount Adams]] to the east, [[Mount Hood|Hood]] to the southeast and a hint of [[Mount Jefferson]] seemingly directly south.
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One of a dozen exposed peaks in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, Little Baldy stands out as it appears like a nearly symmetric rock pile. Many hikers pass Little Baldy on the [[Bluff Mountain]] approach to [[Silver Star Mountain]], but a side trip to the top is worth it for the solitude and views. The main trail skirts the summit, but the old trail to the peak can be found along the way, or you can make your own path by scrambling up the scree field from the north side. Several vision quest pits are scattered around the top of the mountain, but their authenticity is questionable. The big pit at the summit has been obviously reinforced by modern questers. On a clear day, you'll see [[Mount Saint Helens]] and [[Mount Rainier|Rainier]] to the north, [[Mount Adams]] to the east, [[Mount Hood|Hood]] to the southeast and a hint of [[Mount Jefferson]] seemingly directly south.
  
To reach the top of Old Baldy from the Bluff Mountain Trail, head into the silver fir forest saddle westserly beyond Bluff Mountain. Look for a tree marked with two orange dots on your left. The old trail to the summit is on the right, across from this marker- see picture. You'll climb up through the forest, and then have to navigate a short stretch of tightly packed little trees and brush before you emerge onto the open slopes of the eastern flank of the mountain. Once on the open scree, following the tread of the old trail may save your ankles some wear and tear, but you may just make a bee-line to the top.  
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To reach the top of Old Baldy from the Bluff Mountain Trail, head into the silver fir forest saddle westerly beyond [[Bluff Mountain]]. Look for a tree marked with two orange dots on your left. The old trail to the summit is on the right, across from this marker. You'll climb up through the forest, and then have to navigate a short stretch of tightly packed little trees and brush before you emerge onto the open slopes of the eastern flank of the mountain. Once on the open scree, following the tread of the old trail may save your ankles some wear and tear, but you may just make a bee-line to the top.  
 
   
 
   
 
The trails around Little Baldy and Silver Star are completely exposed and devoid of vegetation. A massive forest fire, called the Yacolt Burn, tore through this entire region back in 1902. Trees have struggled to return now over a hundred years later. This exposure makes this area an fantastic location for wildflowers and bear grass in the spring, and an underrated source of huckleberries in the fall.
 
The trails around Little Baldy and Silver Star are completely exposed and devoid of vegetation. A massive forest fire, called the Yacolt Burn, tore through this entire region back in 1902. Trees have struggled to return now over a hundred years later. This exposure makes this area an fantastic location for wildflowers and bear grass in the spring, and an underrated source of huckleberries in the fall.
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=== More Links ===
 
=== More Links ===
* [http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/154619/little-baldy.html Don Nelsen's SummitPost page]
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* [http://www.summitpost.org/mountain/rock/154619/little-baldy.html Little Baldy (Summit Post)]
* [http://www.summitpost.org/route/166626/chinook-trail.html Chinook Trail page on SummitPost]
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* [http://www.chinooktrail.org/ Chinook Trail Association]
* [http://www.chinooktrail.org/ Chinook Trail association]
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* [http://adamschneider.net/photos/2006-06-ssm Adam Schneider: wildflower photos]
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=== Page Contributors ===
 
=== Page Contributors ===
* [[user:jeffstatt]] (primary)
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* [[user:jeffstatt|jeffstatt]] (primary)
  
 
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Revision as of 21:16, 5 March 2021

Little Baldy from the summit of Silver Star Mountain (Jeff Statt)

Description

One of a dozen exposed peaks in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in southwest Washington, Little Baldy stands out as it appears like a nearly symmetric rock pile. Many hikers pass Little Baldy on the Bluff Mountain approach to Silver Star Mountain, but a side trip to the top is worth it for the solitude and views. The main trail skirts the summit, but the old trail to the peak can be found along the way, or you can make your own path by scrambling up the scree field from the north side. Several vision quest pits are scattered around the top of the mountain, but their authenticity is questionable. The big pit at the summit has been obviously reinforced by modern questers. On a clear day, you'll see Mount Saint Helens and Rainier to the north, Mount Adams to the east, Hood to the southeast and a hint of Mount Jefferson seemingly directly south.

To reach the top of Old Baldy from the Bluff Mountain Trail, head into the silver fir forest saddle westerly beyond Bluff Mountain. Look for a tree marked with two orange dots on your left. The old trail to the summit is on the right, across from this marker. You'll climb up through the forest, and then have to navigate a short stretch of tightly packed little trees and brush before you emerge onto the open slopes of the eastern flank of the mountain. Once on the open scree, following the tread of the old trail may save your ankles some wear and tear, but you may just make a bee-line to the top.

The trails around Little Baldy and Silver Star are completely exposed and devoid of vegetation. A massive forest fire, called the Yacolt Burn, tore through this entire region back in 1902. Trees have struggled to return now over a hundred years later. This exposure makes this area an fantastic location for wildflowers and bear grass in the spring, and an underrated source of huckleberries in the fall.

The Chinook Trail Organization has incorporated a number of trails in the area, with the eventual hope of connecting points west, like Lucia Falls and beyond to Vancouver Lake, with points east on the Columbia Gorge, including Three Corner Rock, Table Mountain and as far east as Coyote Wall. Some of the plans got stalled in red tape when the USGS refused trail building in a seven mile stretch near the Washougal River in Skamania County.

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