Angel's Rest Trail (#415)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Sign and trail leading into the woods at Angels Rest trailhead

This classic hike is best known for being a good workout that rewards with a spectacular view of Portland. It is just beginning to recover from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire, and just reopened to public use in November 2018. 

The trail climbs uphill at an average trail grade of 10-15% for about half a mile before reaching the top of Coopey Falls, a 150-175 foot horsetail waterfall, where a footbridge crosses the creek. The trail then winds uphill with a series of switchbacks for 1.6 miles -- through an area scarred by an earlier fire in the 1990s -- before reaching the ridge crest. Use caution while hiking these switchbacks, and do not kick rocks on the trail, as this could trigger a landslide or injure hikers below. Please don't shortcut the switchbacks, as this damages native plants and leads to damaging erosion.

Turn left at a junction for a famous -- and fabulous -- view. Use extreme caution at the steep cliff edge, as there have been tragic accidents along this part of the trail. 

Continue east 2 miles to Wahkeena Springs and Wahkeena Falls Trail #420.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains due to fire-weakened trees and unstable slopes.
Fees No Fee
Usage: Heavy
Restrictions:
  • Motor vehicles and bicycles are prohibited.
  • Fires not allowed within 200 feet of trail.
  • Dogs must be on leash.
Closest Towns: Troutdale, OR
Water: No
Restroom: No
Operated By: Forest Service

General Information

Parking:

Parking fills quickly during spring and summer. Do not park outside fog lines or in areas marked no parking, as cars will be cited and towed. This is a heavily congested area, so carpool if possible.


Directions:

An information board and parking area.From Portland, OR: Travel east on Interstate 84; turn off at Bridal Veil exit #28 and 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, OR: Travel west on Interstate 84; turn off at Ainsworth State Park exit #35 and follow the Historic Columbia River Highway for 7.1 miles to the trailhead.


Activities


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