There are a total of twenty feathers scattered around the map of A Short Hike. Though finding them is easy at first, finding the last few can be a bit of a struggle. Below I list all gold and silver feather locations.
NOTE: All cardinal directions are given based off the map and the in-game compass which can be obtained by the wolf on the south end of the map.
Map of Locations
This interactive map contains all feather locations as well as other goodies around the island.
Goat ranger at Visitor Center
Ledge above graveyard
Cliff north of Meteor Lake
In Her Shadow
If you have the shovel and don’t care for riddle solving, the chest can be dug up north of the lighthouse at the end of its shadow.
On top of lighthouse
Hidden in Forest
Cliff below Outlook Point
Prior to the 1.8 boating update there was a feather on the rock near the tough bird. This feather was moved to be the reward for the boating challenge for versions 1.8 and beyond. If you had a save from before that update where you collected the feather on the rock, updated the game, and then collected the reward for the boating challenge you can end up with 21 golden feathers.
Scattered around the island are pink, sparkly objects which are the shells needed for the quest. They are mostly found on beaches, sandy areas, or near rivers. When you return the shells to the bird she makes a shell necklace and tasks you to give it to Ranger May who is outside of the cabin you start in.
As a sort of reward (though it’s framed as a coincidence), May gives you a gold feather.
Frog Building Sand Castles
Down to the southwestern-most portion of the island is the first place you find the artist. You’ll know you’re around the right area if you see a brown dog running around. Speaking to him and leaving the area will move him to the next location.
The Lighthouse is pretty hard to miss and the artist is just west of it. If you’re having trouble, the lighthouse is also directly above Aunt May’s cabin.
One of the more obscure locations, but there are only a few rivers so shouldn’t be too hard to locate it. If you know where the tough bird that is selling feathers and complaining about tuition is, walking off to the left of him will lead you to the raccoon.
On a non-descript clidd overlooking the graveyard. If it’s raining you’re in the right area.
Outlook Point is just below where the climb up the mountain gets cold enough to freeze your feathers. The artist will be right by the lookout telescope.
The first step is to head to the north but be sure to have at least one hundred coins. Speak to the deer in the boathouse to rent the boat for one hundred coins.
Speak to the younger deer lying on the ground and invite him to ride in the boat with you. If you haven’t talked to him yet just keep talking to him until the option appears. It will only appear after you get the motorboat key.
You’ll have to drive the boat around a little bit, but once you’ve gotten to grips with the controls, talk to the young deer again and they should ask you if you want to take part in their challenge. The dialog option will only be available after driving the boat for a bit.
When you do the challenge you’ll find that the boat breaks after you go off the ramp. Once you get it started again, head for the pelican on the boat who typically handles the fishing.
Now that the boat is fixed, drive around a bit and then talk to the young deer again and he’ll ask if you want to try the challenge again. You should be able to complete the race and receive the golden feather!
HELP! I have 21 gold feathers now
They point you toward Outlook Point where you can peer through a set of binoculars. Moving the view to the right, you can see an island off in the haze.
The island also has a tall peak and once you go there and climb to the very top, you’ll find a silver feather.
A goat’s watch and tough bird’s tuition
There’s many ways to earn coins around the mountain. You can dig up treasure, find chests, or sell fish. Once you get enough coins you can return to him and give him the money to pay off his tuition.
As a reward, he gives you a watch eh was going to sell on the Internet.
Watch in hand, you can return to the goat who gives you a silver feather in exchange.