Over the past couple of years, Mack and I have probably gone on 20+ hikes. Since I’ve decided to start including our day hiking adventures in this blog, I’d like to take the next several posts to backtrack a little bit and review some of our favorites. The first one is Angel’s Rest-Devil’s Rest in the Columbia River Gorge.
- Location: Columbia River Gorge
- Start: Angel’s Rest Trailhead
- Distance: 10.9 miles
- Duration: 5 hours 40 minutes (breaks not included)
- Elevation gain: 2770 feet
- Type: Loop
- Map: Green Trails Map 428S: Columbia River Gorge-West
- References: 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Portland by Paul Gerald; Oregon Hikers
Angel’s Rest-Devil’s Rest was our second annual New Year’s Day hike. Despite the distance, it’s a fairly moderate hike with some incredible views along the way. Angel’s Rest is the highlight of this hike. It’s an exposed, rocky bluff—just a little over 2 miles into the hike—overlooking the gorge. On a clear day, you can see for miles. Devil’s Rest is really only worth it if you prefer peace and solitude (and a longer hike). It’s unmarked, so you don’t really know if you’re there, and it’s enclosed in the forest, so there’s no breathtaking, panoramic view like the one at Angel’s Rest. Devil’s Rest did make a lovely lunch spot though, especially since we had it all to ourselves. In addition, we were rewarded with a few more viewpoints—there was even one that had a tree decorated with hand-painted ornaments!—as we continued the loop back to the trailhead.