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Angels Rest

based on 396 tracks & routes #1 hike out of 6 in
4.6 mi
Distance
2 hrs 2 min
Time
terrain
1,407 ft
Elev Gain

Overview

This is a medium difficulty out and back trail to Angels Rest in Oregon.

This trail is extremely popular as it's one of the closest hikes to the Portland metro area.

This trail goes by Coopey Falls.

The description in Sullivan’s book is a good one - it is called Angels Rest but you will not, as lest not until you reach the top. This hike has solid elevation gain for the whole 2.2 miles up.

Getting Started

Take the Bridal Veil Rd exit off 84 and park at the Angels Rest trailhead. Be sure to arrive early on the weekends as this trailhead can become extremely busy. Best to go during the week.

Taking Children

Good for experienced kid hikers - be cognizant of the crowds and let faster hikers pass as necessary.



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    1 year, 3 months ago
    One of my favorite trails in the gorge. Easy to get to, accesible year-round, with beautiful views at the top, and just the right distance and elevation gain for a moderate-level hike. It is long enough to feel like a good workout; short enough to casually do on a Sunday morning and still have a whole day ahead of you. Best time to hike is in late fall / winter, as in the summertime it can get very busy.
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    1 year, 4 months ago
    Hiked on Sunday 2/12/23. Beautiful views on this popular hike on a windless bluebird morning. Most of the North facing trails still frozen but starting to melt after 10:00 AM. No serious ice like some of the trails (Multnomah Falls) close to water the prior weekend. Best to hike early as now the weekend traffic on this and other trails is fairly busy by 10:00 AM.
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    4 years, 2 months ago
    This trail has one of the best views in the gorge, but is also one of my least favorite. There is absolutely no escape or serenity on this trail. It is completely overrun and overused to the point that makes me feel guilty about treading on the path. I believe this trail should be closed to allow it to recover. I would recommend checking out Forest Park or Multnomah Falls for the folks in the city interested in doing this hike.
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    4 years, 8 months ago
    On the first day of fall, the lower 1/4-1/3 mile is a little muddy and some of the scree areas are slippery. Near the top, about 2 miles in, there’s a gauntlet of poison oak. Otherwise, just a beautiful, iconic Gorge hike. Do it during the week and avoid the traffic jams!
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    5 years, 1 month ago
    Our first time here since the devastating fire in the gorge. We were not disappointed. While there are burned areas with tree snags it is wonderful to see the lush green returning to the forest floor. And the wildflowers are especially beautiful. The views on the hike are even better than before. And of course the views from the top of Angels Rest are amazing
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Baker 7 years, 10 months ago
Angel's Rest, Columbia River Gorge, OR
A popular hike that is not far from Portland. Best to do during the week, otherwise it gets pretty crowded. Like most hikes in the Columbia Gorge, it does not disappoint. The hike also ties into other trails, such as Devil's Rest. I've hiked this a lot, as it is an easy drive and doesn't take too long to complete. A great weekday escape.
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s.landis 4 years, 8 months ago
Angel’s Rest Summit Trail 10/11/19
A Great Trail, Moderate Difficulty, Often Wind at Top!!! Great Views, Especially during Seasons.
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mhippke 2 years, 11 months ago
Angel‘s Rest
Hiked solo on way home from girls weekend at Rockaway beach
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Bill Rivers 3 years, 8 months ago
Track (10/18/20, 11:35:14AM)
Angel’s Rest trail Columbia Gorge.
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