Angel’s Rest

  • Author: dbarentine
  • Created: August 23, 2019
Route type: Out-and-Back
Difficulty grade: Moderate
Backpackable: No

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  • Distance Instructions
  • Distance 5.12 miles
  • Time 2 h 34 min
  • Speed 2 mph
  • Min altitude 135 ft
  • Peak 1,637 ft
  • Climb 1,572 ft
  • Descent 1,539 ft

Angels Rest is an exposed bluff on the western end of the Columbia River Gorge. The platy andesite that composes this promontory is part of a million-year-old lava flow from Larch Mountain, a member of the Boring Lava Field. The summit is characterized by a long, rocky spine surrounded on three sides by cliffs, boasting a striking 270 degree view! While you can't see any of the Cascade volcanoes from the top, you do get great vantages of Beacon RockSilver Star Mountain and many other landmarks. The real draw, however, is the perspective of the Columbia River below - like you're on a balcony over a great auditorium. Its 1500 foot prominence and its proximity to the Columbia River give you the false sensation that you could dive from Angels Rest to the water below!

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