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Angel's Rest Trail (#415)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

An sign next to a trail leading into a forest.

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 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 which was 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.

Turn left at a junction for a famous -- and fabulous -- view. 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: Watch for fire-weakened trees, rockslides, landslides, stumpholes along trail. Avoid during high winds and heavy rains.
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

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


Hiking

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Backpacking

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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