Wide open views of the Gorge is the hallmark of this classic Gorge hike. On a sunny day that is.
Two of the three times I’ve hiked Angel’s Rest it rained. But it’s a fun hike so I had a good time regardless. One of the things that make it fun for me are the rock scrambles near the summit.
Being a rather moderate hike, it seems to have gained popularity with trail runners. Hiking with dogs is a big thing in Northwest and since it’s a popular trail… Well, keep your eyes peeled because, unfortunately, not all dog owners are responsible and you may have to dodge dog-doo landmines. (Dodge, Duck, Dip, Dive, and Dodge!)
The trail eases uphill until you hit a series of switchbacks. There are some fairly steep pitches but nothing like Mount Defiance or Dog Mountain. Angel’s Rest is moderately difficult mostly because of the distance, the elevation gain isn’t that substantial.
If 4.6 miles isn’t enough for you, no worries. You can continue on Foxglove Trail and head up to Devil’s Rest. Or make your way on the Wahkeena Trail which goes to Wahkeen Falls and even across to Multnomah Falls.
Check out this video I made of my latest trip to Angel’s Rest. It was really cloudy up near the summit, you’ll notice that you can’t see far. Of course, once I made it back down to the parking lot the clouds started to break up.
Hiking Angel’s Rest in Oregon
As you can see in the street view below, there are no bathroom facilities so take care of business before hand. The closest bathroom is a 0.5 mile drive to Bridal Veil State Park. Or cruise on down to the Multnomah Falls Lodge.
Unlike most Columbia River Gorge hikes, parking here is free. This is a very popular trail. On weekends, you’ll need to get to the parking lot before noon.
Angel’s Rest Trailhead Parking Lot
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