Oregon State Parks owns the four miles of trail that pass through Shepperd’s Dell State Natural Area, which was acquired by gift, exchange and purchase between 1940 and 1984. The original tract of land, including the dell, was given first to the city of Portland in 1915 by George G. Shepperd as a memorial to his wife. Later the city gifted the tract to the state.
The west Gorge hike to the Angel’s Rest viewpoint promises to be a workout with a big reward.
The 8-mile trek to the viewpoint starts at about river level and quickly climbs through trees and then over boulders before rising to a bluff above the river. From the top, you’ll get a spectacular 270-degree view of the Gorge that includes Beacon Rock, Silver Star Mountain and other landmarks.
Hikers have the option to extend their trek east to Wahkeena Falls and on Gorge Trail #400 for a short backpacking trip, or loop back to the start via Devil’s Rest Trail.
Hikers will see scars and signs of recovery from the 2017 Eagle Creek Fire and a previous fire from the 1990s. Please stay on designated trails and watch your step, as the recovering landscape is very susceptible to erosion and landslides. Be extremely careful along cliff edges.
Parking fills quickly during spring and summer. Do not park outside fog lines or in areas marked no parking, as cars will be cited and towed. This is a heavily congested area, so carpool if possible. If parking is full, be prepared to find another place to hike.
This trail, also known as #415, is jointly managed by Oregon State Parks and the US Forest Service.
Angel’s Rest Trailhead Oregon
East Historic Columbia River, Bridal Veil, OR 97010, United States
How To Get There
Eastbound I-84: Take exit 28/Bridal Veil. Go uphill on Bridal Veil Road. At the stop sign, turn right onto the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trailhead and parking lot are immediately on the right.
Westbound I-84: Take exit 35/Ainsworth State Park. Follow the Historic Columbia River Highway 7.1 miles to the trailhead and parking area on the right.
5 AM – 10 PM
$5 per vehicle parking fee or free with an annual Oregon State Parks Pass or camping permit.
They currently cost $24 to $40 per night, but beginning next year, they will cost $30 to $50 for non-residents. The spike won’t affect campsites on federal lands, such as U.S. Forest Service campgrounds.
The following activities within the park should be done with utmost caution. Make sure that you have the proper protective gear and equipment necessary to make your adventures safe and accident-free. We advise you to read the TIPS underneath each activity to serve as a guide on what you may need to bring in order to enjoy your stay fully.