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.

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

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

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
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Waterfalls
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, 541-308-1700,
Local Contacts
Green Trails Map 428 (Bridal Veil) or Map 428S (Columbia River Gorge–West).
Local Maps

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Dec 2018