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.
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."
--Craig Romano, Day Hiking Columbia River Gorge (The Mountaineers Books).
"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 strugglebetween 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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Hiking Oregon (State Hiking Guides Series) (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Lizann Dunegan, Trail Running Oregon (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Russ Schneider, revised by Jim Yuskavitch, Hiking The Columbia River Gorge (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Paul Gerald, 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Portland (Menasha Ridge Press).
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