Angels Rest Trail

Multnomah County, Oregon

Elevation Gain2,104ft
Trailhead Elevation122ft
Elevation Min/Max122/1610ft
Elevation Start/End122/122ft

Angels Rest Trail

Angels Rest Trail is a hiking trail in Multnomah County, Oregon. It is 2.2 miles long and begins at 122 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,104 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Coopey Falls waterfall can be seen along the trail. The trail ends near Angels Rest (elevation 1,309 feet). There are also a cliff and a viewpoint near the end of the trail. This trail connects with the following: Angels Rest Overflow Parking Access and Devils Rest Trail #420C.

Angels Rest Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"If a celestial being were to pick a perch, this precipitous point high above the Columbia would be the perfect place. Heavenly views await all who make the trek to this weathered and fractured outcropping at the western gate of the Columbia gorge. But be forewarned—just like the gates of heaven, this post is coveted by scads of folks. At this very popular trail within the scenic area, you won’t want for company."

"The dramatic rock cliffs of Angels Rest, accessible from a well-maintained trail, tower 1,500 feet above the Columbia River Gorge in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The trail is certain to test your aerobic endurance but includes enough alluring distractions to keep your mind off the elevation gain. As a reward for all your hard work, there is a first-rate view of the Columbia River Gorge from the top.

Rising almost 1,500 feet from the Historic Columbia River Highway, the rocky summit of Angels Rest offers stunning views of the Columbia Gorge. The basalt cliffs and ridges visible on this hike are the result of a thirty-million-year struggle
between fire and water. The cliffs are the eroded remnants of the Columbia lava flows that poured through the region over millions of years and originated from volcanic eruptions in eastern Oregon and Washington."

"Singletrack trail that ascends a steep, forested ridge to a spectacular summit in the Columbia River Gorge. Waterfall. Bridge crossing. Summit views. This challenging route is a great introduction to the steep and sustained nature of trails in the Columbia River Gorge. It’s a perfect late-afternoon getaway from the hectic Portland scene to a tranquil deep forest and open spaces carved by the Columbia River.

Your run starts with a mild grade on nice dirt that sweeps through a cool forest canopy. Soon enough the trail throws in a few rocky sections as the grade becomes steeper. Views soon abound as you proceed through a burn area dating from the early 1990s. Pat yourself on the back here if you’re still breaking stride as the unrelenting grade continues. Nearing the summit you’ll encounter a rather unusual boulder field that is probably best strolled through. Blast out of the final switchback onto the palatial ridge of Angels Rest. For summer outings this trail can be hot and is best experienced early or late and water is a must."

"A short, gentle hike to Coopey Falls, an intermediate hike to Angels Rest lookout for a view, and a long day hike to Devils Rest for more views."

"There’s a reason for all the parking at this trailhead: It’s one of the more accessible hikes in the region, with a gentle grade to a spectacular lookout point above the Columbia River. It also connects with Wahkeena Trail, making longer loops or oneway hikes with shuttles possible."

Angels Rest Trail Reviews

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Crowded but easy and fun, this trail offers a spectacular view (and a nice breeze) at the top. A good resting point for lunch. I've heard this would be a good sunset trail, but haven't tried it yet.
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Very good conditions with the nice weather we have been having in Feb. 2008. I bit muddy near the switch-backs as you approach the boulder field. My 7-year old son had no problem navigating the trip.
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Loved, loved this hike. It is beautiful and gives your buns a run for their money, too.
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Nice mid level day hike. Seems very popular with a lot of weekend traffic but not to crowded on the trail. Lots of dogs. The trail is a good steady climb with some rock scrambling at the top and quite a few patches of poison oak along the trail from bottom to top.
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Fantastic vistas that are worth all of the thigh burning work. A fantastic trail that sends you home knowing that your body will ache tomorrow. Steep inclines with rock scrambling lead up to a sweeping view of the Gorge. Bring a sled to go down, you'll slid. Great hike!!!

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Trail Information

Multnomah County
Nearby City
Bridal Veil Falls State Park
Local Contacts
Green Trails Columbia River Gorge–West No. 428S
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Sep 2018