This was day two of my Columbia Gorge adventure. A couple of friends and I explored a bit on the Oregon side of the river. I loved seeing all of the Oregon Ducks shirts on the trails, it was great. Before heading to Angels Rest we visited the tourist attraction Multnoma Falls. The falls 611 feet of cascading water, that is easily accessible from the road. This is so popular that there is a paved path leading up to the falls, and it can get quite crowded so it is best to get there early before the crowds. We went, we saw and we moved on.
The Angel’s rest trail was a short drive down the road from Multnoma Falls. It’s popularity reminded me a little bit of trails like Little Si or Rattlesnake ledge, it was pretty crowded. The first lot was full when we reached it in the morning. There was another overflow lot as well as street parking. This trail was short and steep, a perfect morning pick-me up before heading back to Seattle. Should you decide to bring a dog along make sure it is on a leash, as there are some steep cliffs that could be dangerous for your furry friends.
Here are the stats:
4.8 miles round trip, 4.8 miles round trip, 1500 feet elevation gain
For more information and driving directions please see the Washington Trails Association site. (Yes, I know this is in Oregon, but it is on the WTA site).
Again, this trail was abundant with wildflowers. There were several Iris which I had never seen on trails before in addition to columbine, wild rose, wild strawberry and many more.
I would say the trail was moderately steep. Again similar to something like Poo Poo point in the Seattle area. Great workout with a very nice view at the end. The trail meanders and switchbacks up until you reach a crest. Take a left where the trail splits to get to the destination where you have sweeping views of the gorge.