Angel's Rest Trail (#415)

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

An sign next to a trail leading into a forest.

Get a good workout on this classic Gorge-view hike close to Portland.  Starting in a fern filled forest, the trail climbs uphill for 0.6 mile before reaching the top of Coopey Falls, a 150 to 175 foot horsetail waterfall, and the footbridge crossing the creek. Continuing on, the trail begins to switchback uphill for 1.6 miles through a fire-scarred area before reaching the ridge crest. Turn left at a junction to a spectacular gorge viewpoint. Use extreme caution at the steep cliff edge. Continue east 2 miles to Wahkeena Springs and Wahkeena Falls Trail #420. Average trail grade is 10-15%.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed due to post-fire hazards and unstable conditions.
Fees No Fee
Usage: Heavy
  • 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


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.



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Several loop opportunities are available from this trail. Consult a good, up to date map when planning backpacking trips. 

Day Hiking

This is one of the less steep trails in the Gorge. It climbs through an area that experienced a wildfire in 1991 and evidence of the burn can still be seen.

Nature Viewing

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