– Length: 4.8 miles roundtrip– Type: Out and back– Elevation Gain: 1,475 feet– Difficulty: Moderate– Seasons: All but best April through October– Family Friendly: Yes– Restrooms: No– Pass Needed: No– Dogs: Leashed– Busy: Yes
The Angel’s Rest Trail is a heavily trafficked out and back trail in the Columbia River Gorge. Just 30 minutes east of Portland, Angel’s Rest is a great bang for your buck trail with a combination of moderate elevation gain, moderate distance, and spectacular views.
From Portland, hikers must travel along scenic Interstate-84 and take exit 28 onto Historic Route 30 toward Bridal Veil. Drive the short distance up to Highway 30, take a right, and the parking lot is immediately after the turn. The Angel’s Rest Trail parking lot fills up fast, but additional parking is a few hundred feet further up the highway.
This 3–4-hour (depending on how much time you spend at the top) hike begins in a thick forest with very few viewpoint opportunities for the first mile or so. 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.
There is some climbing up boulders required to complete the trail and make it to the end of the viewpoint. While there is plenty of room to relax and enjoy the views at the edge of the cliffs, it’s important to remember that there are sheer cliffs on three sides of this outcropping and no safety measures in place.