"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"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." Read more
"As you drive out I-84, you can actually see Angels Rest, a flat-topped rock outcropping sticking out over the road at the end of a ridge. What looks like a building on top is in fact a clump of trees. You should also be able to make out the effects of the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, much of which burned the same area as a 1991 fire near the summit. Angels Rest Trail #415 starts off easy enough, then hits a rocky climb that’s steep only for a few moments, leading to an early reward: a rare view from above a waterfall, in this case the 100-foot Coopey Falls, named for Charles Coopey, a Portland tailor who owned land here.
A short way past this, the trail crosses a wooden bridge over Coopey Creek; just below this bridge, you can take a side trail down to see 35-foot Upper Coopey Falls. Beyond the bridge, the trail starts climbing again." Read more