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Angel's Rest


  July, 2002


  4.4 miles out-and-back

Elevation Gain:

  1500 feet

USGS Quad:

  Bridal Veil
GPS Coordinates:   N:   45 33' 51"
W: 122 09' 07"
Photo Gallery:   None Available

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To Reach (From Portland):

Take I-84 eastbound, 26 miles to exit 28 (Bridal Veil), and park at the junction with the old Columbia River Highway.

The Trail:

This is one of the most popular hiking trails in the Columbia River Gorge, and for good reason.  The views atop Angel's Rest are spectacular, and it's only 2.2 miles to get there!   There are good spots at the top for lunch, and for viewing the sunset, if you're so inclined.

The trail heads immediately uphill, through fern-laden slopes, gaining most of it's elevation right away.  After a half-mile, you'll pass 100-foot Coopey Falls, and then climb pas an upper, 30-foot falls, and cross Coopey Creek on a small footbridge.  Beyond Coopey Creek, the trail continues to launch upward, switchbacking and traversing a rockslide.  Turn left when you reach a crest, and head out to the lookout, where you can enjoy lunch overlooking the Columbia River Gorge.

The views from here are spectacular, and the rocky ridge provides a feeling of isolation.  The ridge is exposed here, so be careful.  Also be careful of the poison oak, which notoriously graces this trail, particularly the trail out to the ridge.  To return, hike back down the trail the way you came.

Our Take:

I guess we forgot our camera this day, which was unfortunate because the views from the ridge are amazing.  Panoramic 270 views await you, as you sit, dangling off the rocks at the edge of the earth.  Friendly chipmunks come to share your lunch, as you try to avoid the plentiful poison oak here.

The trail is quite pleasant, is close to Portland, and is short enough that a couple of hours is all you need.  We'll definitely do this again when time, or our energy, are running short.

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