If you take the Bridal Veil exit on I-84 East, the trailhead is located where that road meets the old highway, you can’t miss it.
90% of the go-trip is uphill which makes the return trip quite easy. Like most trails in the Gorge it’s pretty rocky and can be muddy depending on what season you’re in. It also crosses a number of rockslides. Not too long after the first major rockslide area you’ll come to Coopey Falls.
The trail winds uphill through the forest and over a creek. Eventually you will turn a corner and Angels Rest will be looming in the distance. Here is about where the switchbacks start. The switchbacks take you to a shale rockslide area with great views of the Gorge to the West. After the shale there are a few more switchbacks and you’ll hit a T-junction. Heading right will take you to Multnomah Falls; heading left will take you up a short scramble to Angels Rest.
Angels Rest is a large, exposed area at the top of a ridge, with panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. On a clear day you can see the Portland Airport. Many people have been injured and have died after falling, so please be careful.
This is an out-and-back hike so head back the way you came.
Distance: 4.6 miles (easy)
Elevation: 1.450 feet (hard)
Pet Friendly: Yes
Good For: May not be a good idea for young kids and older folks.
Parking Fee: None