The trail to Angels Rest is one of the more popular trails in the Gorge, and for good reason. It leads to one of the better lookouts on the Oregon side, via a moderately difficult hike of about five miles round trip.
To reach the trail take I-84 East to to the Bidal Veil exit, parking is at the intersection of the interstate access road and the historic highway. Two parking areas are available, still it can be difficult to find parking on nice summer weekends so going early is a good idea. You will encounter many other hikers on the trail, and many dogs. The trail tends to be muddy in spring. I personally think it is not a bad idea to take water along. The upper reaches of the trail are not shaded. Overall the trail is steep, but nothing too extreme.
The path at first is pretty level but starts switchbacking up the slope fast. After about a mile there is a waterfall (Coopey Falls if memory serves) and a bridge crossing the creek feeding it. After further elevation gain the trail leaves the forest and comes into an area of an old forest fire where there is exposure to the sun. Further up one crosses an area of a rock slide, after which a side trail cuts sharply to the left to the exposed spine of Angels Rest. Some scrambling is required to reach the very end of the trail, and some of the cliffs off the side of the ridge go down a long way, so caution is warranted. We have done the scrambling part with kids, and with dogs, so it is not too bad as long as one takes their time and is cautions. At the end of the ridge there are rocks to sit down and to enjoy the rather stunning view up the Gorge to Beacon Rock and beyond.
Go back as you came, loop options are also possible via Devils Rest and on.
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