I have not hiked this yet this year but I just read a trip report and the trail and road is in good shape, although there are some rough spots. Photos here are from September of 2017.
|View of Mt. Rainier from the top of Silver Peak @ Dennis Long|
|Below the summit taking a break @ Alan Bauer|
|Nice fall colors @ Alan Bauer|
|View of Annette Lake from the top @ Alan Bauer|
Trail stats: 6.5 miles roundtrip.Hike south along the PCT for approximately 2.0 miles, until a faint trail leading uphill on the right side (west side). The trail junction is unofficially marked, but a large cairn is typically at the location. Follow the unofficial trail west for approximately 0.6 miles, until reaching a saddle (~4720' elevation) located between Silver Peak and Tinkham Peak. From the saddle, turn right (north) and follow the trail to and up the south ridge of Silver Peak. The trail traverses through forest and meadows, passing by a minor forested highpoint (~4900' elevation), before heading up the open talus south ridge of the mountain to the open rocky summit (5605' elevation). Here is the track
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