Angel’s Rest Hike!
Angel’s Rest hike is one of the great Oregon hikes, & is one of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. Being close to downtown Portland & a relatively short hike ~ it’s a great option for both kids & dogs alike. At the top, you’ll get absolutely gorgeous views of the famous Columbia River Gorge, & if you’re feeling extra energetic, you can continue on up to Devil’s Rest (though the view is MUCH better at Angel’s Rest). Angel’s Rest hike is one of the closest spectacular hikes to downtown Portland, which makes it very popular & crowded!
Map Angel´s Rest Hike!
Angel´s Rest Hike
Directions to Angel’s Rest
Directions from Downtown Portland
Distance from Portland: 28 miles
- Take I-84 East for 27 miles
- Take Exit 28 toward Bridal Veil, Historic Columbia River Hwy
- Turn right on E. Bridal Veil Road
- Turn right on E. Historic Columbia River Hwy
- In 100 feet, Angel´s Rest parking lot is on your right
Angel’s Rest Hike Info
- Total Hike Distance: 4.8 miles round-trip
- Hike Type: Out and back
- Difficulty: Moderate incline, some rocks towards end
- Time: 2-3 hours
- Elevation Gain: 1,450 feet
- Pet-friendly: Yes
- Kid-friendly: Yes (active kids)
- Good for Trail-Running: Yes (at off-peak times)
- Crowded: Yes
- Best Time to Go: Weekdays, year-round
- All Seasons? Yes, but slippery in winter
Pet-Friendly, Dylan Approved!
Great Trail Run
Other Hikes Nearby!
The Columbia River Gorge is FULL of amazing hikes ~ for a more complete list, click here. If you still have energy after climbing to the Angel’s Rest lookout, you have the option to continue on to Devil’s Rest. You won’t get any more view points, but you will get more exercise! Other hikes close to Angel’s Rest include Latourell Falls & Wahkeena Falls (both shorter & easier than Angel’s Rest). Serious hikers can give Larch Mountain a go ~ an intense, 14-mile climb that starts at Multnomah Falls & ends with one of the best views in the Gorge.
Where to Stay & Drink!
What’s better after a long hike than a cold beer? Or a mojito, in my case. For all Gorge hikes on the Oregon side, a great option is to stop & get a drink is McMenamins Edgefield, located in Troutdale, OR. It’s right off I-84, & the sprawling property is classic, vintage Oregon: there’s a hotel, golf course, several restaurants & a brewery, a great, big porch, & plenty of Oregon weirdness. Highly recommended for a stay or a drink & a meal on your way home from hiking ~ it really is a landmark in its own right.