A long but rewarding hike high above a famous river

Statistics

3 - 4

hrs

650

m

667

m

12

max┬░

Difficulty

FATMAP difficulty grade

Difficult

Description

This is an exceptional hike which can be done as a linear route, or as a return trip to the summit from either Bridal Veil or the Wahkeena Picnic Site. As you start your trip on the Angels Rest Trail, you'll wind through lush forests filled with towering Douglas fir and western red cedar trees.

The trail starts off with a moderate incline, gradually gaining elevation as you make your way up the mountainside. As you climb, the trail offers glimpses of the surrounding Columbia River Gorge, with breathtaking views of the river, lush valleys, and majestic peaks.

Be sure to take breaks along the way to soak in the stunning vistas and take plenty of photos of the panoramic scenery. One of the highlights (literally!) of the Angels Rest Trail is reaching the summit, where - in good weather - you'll be rewarded with awe-inspiring views of the Columbia River Gorge stretching out below.

From this vantage point, you can see iconic landmarks such as Beacon Rock, Cape Horn, and the Bridge of the Gods. Whether carrying on along the mountain's long summit ridge, or returning to the car, enjoy the views and then continue your journey.