Everything You Need to Know to Hike This Gorge Beauty

Angel’s Rest is a great bang for your buck trail with a combination of moderate elevation gain, moderate distance, and spectacular views.

The Hike

The first third of the hike follows a mostly dirt path, although there are several rocky and uneven sections that may be difficult for some hikers.

This thickly wooded first section also allows hikers to see a few of the waterfalls the Columbia River Gorge is famous for.

There is an overhead view of Coopey Falls from the Angel’s Rest Trail and a detour trail to Upper Coopey Falls. You’ll also pass the small Coopey Creek and cross over a nice footbridge.

 At various points, you’ll be greeted with views of Larch Mountain and Silver Star Mountain. Be aware as this section of the trail also contains pockets of poison oak.

Depending on the time of year, you’ll also be greeted with wildflowers and ferns. There are also two sections of loose shale-like rock on a talus slope that you must navigate.

Despite the difficulty of the terrain, this section of the trail also boasts some of the most stunning views of the Columbia River and the view back toward Portland.

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