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Angel's Rest

Southwest Washington


Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR
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4.8 miles, roundtrip


Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 1600 ft.


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Hike a short, moderately steep trail to Angel's Rest, an exposed bluff with stunning views into the Columbia River Gorge. You'll be able to see the river glittering below your feet at the overlook, which seems close enough for a quick dip, but be careful, it's a long fall from the balcony.

It's a very popular trail; less than an hour from the cities of Portland and Vancouver, so plan to have lots of company if you visit. Start in an intimate forest and climb uphill for a little more than half a mile. At this point, you'll be at the top of Coopey Falls, a 175-foot horsetail waterfall.

Here, a footbridge crosses the creek as you continue on, switchbacking uphill for 1.6 miles through the site of a former forest fire. The forest burned as recently as 1991, and this area is still charred from it. Continue hiking and, at the crest, reach a junction. Turn left for your destination and a spectacular viewpoint. While the views here might take your breath away, remain alert and use caution at the cliff's edge.

From the overlook, you'll see views across the gorge of imposing Beacon Rock, Silver Star Mountain and many other landmarks. Families should be keep little ones close by and away from the edge of the cliff.


Angel's Rest

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Co-ordinates: 45.5602, -122.1727 Open map in new window


Southwest Washington -- Columbia River Gorge - OR

Angel's Rest (#415)

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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Getting There

From Portland, head east on Interstate 84 and turn off at Exit 28 for Bridal Veil onto the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trailhead is at the junction of the Historic Columbia River Highway and East Bridal Veil Road.

From Cascade Locks, head west on Interstate 84 and turn off at Exit 35 for Ainsworth State Park. Drive along the Historic Columbia River Highway for seven miles to the trailhead.

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