How to Get to Angel’s Rest Hike!

Angel’s Rest 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 people of all fitness levels, as well as kids & dogs.  At the top, you’ll get gorgeous views of the Columbia River Gorge, & if you’re feeling extra energetic, continue on up to Devil’s Rest (though the view is MUCH better at Angel’s Rest).  Let’s find out how to get to Angel’s Rest hike!

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Find out how to get to Angel’s Rest hike here!

Eagle Creek Fire Update

Unfortunately, the devastating Eagle Creek Fire, that occurred in the Columbia River Gorge on September 2nd, 2017, affected Angel’s Rest hike, & it is currently CLOSED.  As of now, Angel’s Rest is scheduled to re-open in Summer 2018.  For complete info on trail closures, visit the Gorge Friends website HERE.

How to Get to Angel’s Rest Hike!

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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 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

Angel’s Rest Info & Photos

Now that we’ve figured out how to get to Angel’s Rest hike, let’s talk about the hike itself.  The trail heads straight up from the road, right across from Angel’s Rest parking lot.  You’re gaining 1,400 feet over a couple miles, meaning it’s a good, solid incline ~ but it won’t kill you.  You’ll wind through the forest, past some streams, & eventually find your way to a rocky outcrop (where you’ll start to have views).  Once you’ve reached the rocks, you’re almost there. 

Once you’re at the top, you’ll have to climb around some large boulders in order to get the best views of the Gorge.  Be careful with children & dogs in this area, especially if you’re climbing up on top of any of the rocks.  Dylan stayed behind while we climbed some of them! 

Also, I’ve climbed Angel’s Rest in wintertime at sunset, & it was one of my favorite hikes.  There was hardly anyone on the trail, & though it was slippery, the sublime sunset views at the top were absolutely worth it, with their pink & purple hues. 

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The view at Angel’s Rest.

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When you reach the rocky outcrop, you’re almost at the top!

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Dylan finds some much-needed shade at the top!

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Consider hiking Angel’s Rest during the winter: you’ll find less people & stunning views like this..

Where to Stay & Drink!

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Best place to stop & get a drink? McMenamins Edgefield.

What’s better after a long hike than a cold beer?  After hiking Angel’s Rest, a great option is to stop off at McMenamins Edgefield, located in Troutdale, OR.  It’s right off I-84, & the sprawling property is vintage Oregon: there’s a hotel, the Ruby Spa, a golf course, several restaurants, a brewery, & plenty of Oregon quirkiness.  Highly recommended for an overnight stay or a drink on your way home from hiking.

Great Hikes Nearby!

If you still have energy after climbing to Angel’s Rest, 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. 

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How to Get to Angel’s Rest Hike!

I hope you’ve enjoyed this post on how to get to Angel’s Rest hike.  My goal is to help people get outside more & enjoy life’s adventures ~ & Oregon & the Columbia River Gorge are perfect places to hike & adventure!  Have you been to Angel’s Rest?  Did you go by yourself ~ or with dogs & friends?  Tell me about in the comments below!

Happy Adventuring! 

xoxo Noelia 

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