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Angel's Rest

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR
45.5602, -122.1727 Map & Directions
Length
4.8 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1500 feet
Highest Point
1600 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
The view from Angel's Rest. Photo by Michelle. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Rivers

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

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. Continue reading

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Hiking Angel's Rest

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.

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Angel's Rest

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.5602, -122.1727 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Permit Required for Vehicle Access: A Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit will be required Between May 24 and September 5 2022 for each personal vehicle accessing the Historic Columbia River Highway from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. between Vista House and Ainsworth State Park.

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

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.

Get your Waterfall Corridor Timed Use Permit if you're planning to visit here between May 24 and September 5, 2022.

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Trailhead

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

Angel's Rest (#415)

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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