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.
- 4.8 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1,500 feet
- Highest Point
- 1,600 feet
Hiking Angel's Rest
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 45.5602, -122.1727 Open in Google Maps