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Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop

Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR
45.5603, -122.1726 Map & Directions
Length
10.7 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2770 feet
Highest Point
2308 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
The viewpoint from Angel's Rest is a great spot to catch your breath on this long loop. Photo by jessihs. Full-size image
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Rivers
  • Waterfalls

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Explore waterfalls, enjoy expansive views, and have a look at how forest rebounds from fires all along this lovely loop in the Columbia River Gorge. Continue reading

Rating
5.00 out of 5

Hiking Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop

Explore waterfalls, enjoy expansive views, and have a look at how forest rebounds from fires all along this lovely lollipop loop hike in the Columbia River Gorge.

From the Angel's Rest trailhead off of the Historic Columbia River Highway, begin hiking through forest, soon beginning a climb up and across loose talus. This exposed section allows hikers to see the mighty Columbia shimmering below, cut by windsurfers enjoying the strong breezes that regularly blow through the gorge.

Your first stop is Angel's Rest, which you'll acheive in just 2.8 miles as you hike through a former burn area. On the way, you'll pass a couple of waterfalls. Hike by the top of Coopey Falls on the trail, and just a little later, the more ambitious can take a short, somewhat dangerous side trail to Upper Coopey Falls. Soon you'll come to a footbridge crossing Coopey Creek, the feeder to both falls, where the trail begins to switchback toward Angel's Rest.

At the overlook, views of the Gorge are incredible, but keep one eye on the edge--it's a long way down to the river from here. Once you've gotten your fill of views, continue on the main trail, switchbacking up to a junction with Foxglove Way, about a quarter-mile from Angel's Rest. .

Foxglove Way continues for about a mile, before arriving in a swampy, brushy area, which is the junction with the Foxglove Trail (different than Foxglove Way). When you arrive at the junction, proceed straight ahead to join the Foxglove Trail. A sign here indicates that Devil's Rest is just about a half-mile further on.

The summit of Devil's Rest is treed, but don't be disappointed! There's a good view nearby. Just before arriving at the summit is a sign marked for the Devil's Rest Trail. Descending eastward on this trail, hikers will arrive at a side trail which leads to a viewpoint that offers what Devil's Rest itself cannot: views of multiple peaks, a shining ribbon of water in the gorge, and wide open skies.

On a clear day, expect to see Mounts Adams, St. Helens, and Rainier, as well as Skamania Island in the mighty river below. Take a moment to snap some photos and take in the views before heading back to the Devil's Rest Trail, where you will head east and pass yet another, less impressive viewpoint and a couple of small footbridges.

Give your legs a break by traversing the ridgetop, then engage your quads for the descent along a set of switchbacks. You're heading to a junction with two other trails: the Wahkeena Trail, which heads east to iconic Multnomah Falls (and the crowds that come with it). The Vista Point Trail veers north, heading for Fairy and Wahkeena Falls. The trail you want is Wahkeena, though you won't be heading all the way to Multnomah Falls.

In a little less than a mile on the Wahkeena Trail, you'll arrive at another junction. Make a left to rejoin the Angel's Rest Trail and begin a half-mile climb to a more level section which crosses Mist Creek on a log footbridge. Pass the Foxglove Trail (this time at a lower junction than you previously used). Soon,you'll return to the Angel's Rest Trail's junction with Foxglove Way. Turn onto Angel's Rest Trail and head down the hill for your last stretch to your car.

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Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 45.5603, -122.1726 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

Permit Required for Vehicle Access: A timed-access 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 timed-access permit if you're planning to visit here between May 24 and September 5, 2022.

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Southwest Washington > Columbia River Gorge - OR

Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area

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