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Angels Rest (Autumn 2018)

Directions: Take the Bridal Veil exit on I-84 East, the parking area is right when you get on the Old Highway.

By now hopefully everyone has heard that more trails have opened in the Gorge! We did this hike the day after it reopened and it was so great seeing this place again!

We got here early thinking that it would be a very popular destination and we weren’t wrong, there was one spot left in the lower parking lot at 7:30am!

Cross the highway and get on the trail, you will immediately start seeing some burned trees. We quickly noticed how much moss and vines had already grown on the trail, nature really does quickly take over! You will see lots of healthy ferns and undergrowth but there have been a lot of trees removed as well so it’s got more of an open feel in areas.


As you head uphill you will pass a small slide area with views of the river and come Coopey Falls off to the left. Continuing on, the trail briefly follows a creek and you cross a bridge over it. The trail steadily climbs the whole way and soon you will round a corner and see Angels Rest off in the distance. About here is where you will notice more severe burn. There are a lot of black trees, some standing and some that have fallen. It’s a lot more open and is just noticeably different.


Continue up the switchbacks and cross the large shale slide area. There are numerous views of the Gorge along the way. Once you are almost at the very top you will have to climb up a short narrow rocky area and it dumps you out at the top. You can really see all the burned trees from the top and you still have the absolute amazing views up and down the Gorge.


Yes, this trail has been badly burned, but that in no way means that there is no greenery or new growth. It looks different but is still a great hike with simply amazing views.


*Please read and follow all the posted warning signs.* This trail gets a lot of visitors and we always strongly urge everyone to follow the 7 Leave No Trace principles.


Distance: 4.6 miles (easy)

Elevation: 1,460 feet (hard)

Pet Friendly: Yes

Good For: There is a good amount of elevation gain so this may not be best for younger kids and older folks.

Bathrooms: None

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: VERY

Warnings: This area will be prone to rock fall, slides, and falling trees for some time.

Fall Hikes

Happy Fall!

Fall is our favorite season to hike. The weather is great (rain included), the colors are beautiful, and there are no mosquitoes!

We made a list of some of our favorite fall hikes. If you click on the links they will take you to the post and give you more detail and directions.

Hoyt Arboretum: This hike is all about the fall colors! With all the different trees you definitely get quite the show. 


Crystal Springs Rhododendron Garden: This is a great option for families. Lots of ducks that will entertain kids and nice well maintained trails. It’s also free during the off season which is Labor Day through February!


Milo McIver State Park: All the different trail options on this hike are nice because you can get back to your car relatively quickly if it starts raining too hard.


Angels Rest: We love hiking up to Angels Rest in the Fall. It’s a fairly steep hike so the cooler weather makes in a little easier. It’s also much less crowded!


Rooster Rock Loop: Another great option for fall colors. Plus with gloomier weather we were able to see a Pygmy Owl!


Beacon Rock: We have been to Beacon Rock many times but last year we decided to try it out on a foggy day. It was actually pretty fun! The fog gave the trail a slightly spooky vibe and there were barely any people.


Silver Falls State Park: Fall colors are the only thing that can make a trail with 10 waterfalls even better!


Pup Creek Falls: This hike should be done in mild weather.


Kiyokawa Family Orchards: Fall apple picking!


 Have fun hiking in the wonderful fall weather!

Angels Rest (Winter 2014)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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This is an out-and-back hike so head back the way you came.

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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.

Bathrooms: No

Parking Fee: None

Seasons: All

Popular: Yes

Warnings: None