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Angels Rest in the Columbia River Gorge

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A nice hike off the old highway that leads to awesome views of the Gorge
Near:Bridal Veil, OR
Distance:4.6 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1880 ft
Hike Time:3 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary:  Starting in a fern-filled forest, the trail climbs uphill for 0.6 mile before reaching the top of Coopey Falls, a 150 to 175 foot horsetail waterfall, and the footbridge crossing the creek. Continuing on, the trail begins to switchback uphill for 1.6 miles before reaching the ridge crest. Turn left at a junction to a spectacular gorge viewpoint. Use extreme caution at the steep cliff edge. Some nice flower features of this hike are the wildflower displays (which peaks in May) of blue-eyed grass, star-flowered Smiliacina, and trillium at lower levels. Also you get a grand view of the Gorge once you reach the top. There is even a bench to rest yourself on that overlooks the entire area.

Trailhead: Eastbound on I-84 Take Bridal veil exit # 28. The trailhead is south of the Historic Columbia River Highway, opposite the junction with the interstate access road in Bridal veil. Westbound I-84 Take Ainsworth State Park exit # 35 and follow the Historic Columbia River Highway for 7.1 miles (11.4 km).
This trail does not require a parking pass permit. (Lat:45.55968 Lon:-122.17295)

Trail Guides for Angels Rest in the Columbia River Gorge:
60 Hikes within 60 miles of Portland
by Paul Gerald  (Menasha Ridge Press)

Hiking the Columbia River Gorge
by Russ Schneider  (Falcon Guide)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, 503-668-1440
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Drew Furnia, who has posted  23 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Tracy on 5/9/2013
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Reviewed by Jdd on 2/19/2013
This trail is very popular.the view and rocks near the top are really cool, but it can get fairly windy. I bet this hike would be best May orJune, though I went in October. A lovely full day hik goes past Angel's Rest to Devil's Rest, and beyond that lie Multnomah and Wahkeena Falls, which can make an altogether 15 mile balloon loop hike with many waterfalls and great views.

Reviewed by brandon on 10/24/2012
It was a good hike , we where passing through when we did the hike ... We get back to the car and :( some one had stolen all of are stuff out of car ..... Go from having a great day to bing frozen to the bone and wet just to find out we have no cloths to change in to ... So make shore you don't bring you valuables or you take them with .... It was a great fall hike other than that....

Reviewed by John on 3/9/2012
Loved it, loved it, LOVED IT! Beautiful day for a hike. 65 and sunny in March, wow! Breath taking views no doubt. Took the dog. He had more fun than I did. Saw at leadt 50 breeds of dogs and tons of very nice people. I highly recommend this trail if you own a dog. Even better without.

Reviewed by Damon on 10/17/2011
This hike about killed me, but i'm admittedly out of shape. pretty intense elevation change. Hike up is pretty much straight up and the incline isn't for beginners. Make sure you're boots are broken in too. I'm in pain today but the view from the top made it 150% worth it. We continued on to Devils Rest and completed the loop across down to Multnomah falls. If i had done this one alone it wouldn't have been so painful!

Reviewed by MJC on 8/4/2011
It was a good hike. Not to hard. The bad part is the angry folks from the burbs that hate dogs and are scared and scream with there kids when they see a dog on trail. Very odd and akward. If you could remove the angry folks to an urban park then it would be an ideal work out, hike..

Reviewed by Frank Ray on 7/9/2011
I liked this hike because it was a good workout, yet the grade was gentle enough to be "easy on the knees" on the hike down. Saw quite a variety of wildflowers. The drawbacks: 1) too many people, 2) too many dogs, 3) too noisy - you never leave the traffic noise behind, except where the footbridge crosses the creek, 4) You don't reach a summit, just a ridge. This was definitely a nice hike, but still one of the "lesser" hikes in the gorge.

Reviewed by Sue on 6/10/2011
I hike this trail a dozen times a season because it's a great workout. In the spring I'm huffing and puffing, and in the fall I'm buzzing right up. LOVE IT! Great views. Tons on nice people. Sort of weird when I saw that naked lady hiking once, and then the wedding party with all of the people with red wigs, but that aside, I love the flowers and the scenery. Definitely my favorite!

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