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Angels Rest Professional Review and Guide
"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).
Loved, loved this hike. It is beautiful and gives your buns a run for their money, too.
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