The trail begins at the Tarbell Trailhead Parking Lot and Picnic Site. One mile in on the Tarbell Trail is the beginning of The Silver Shadow Trail. At the end, the SS reconnects with the Tarbell to make a five-mile day hike easily done in 3 hours.
Heading clockwise on the Tarbell, the trail heads upwards near the top of Kloochman Bluff. At mile 1.1 on the Tarbell is the Silver Shadow Trail. Turn right onto the Silver Shadow Trail.
As you hike, you'll descends through a series of switchbacks to the base of the Kloochman where it rejoins the Tarbell Trail. Along the way, the hiker, biker, or horse rider is treated to a variety of Douglas Fir forests in various stages of growth - seedlings, saplings, mature trees.
This is the Yacolt Burn State Forest and the Department of Natural Resources harvests trees for timber sales. Fortunately all of this area has been replanted. At the base of the SS trail, the Tarbell is rejoined where the hiker can head back to the Tarbell Trailhead 1.2 mile west or descend further along the fall line to Rock Creek Campground two miles away.