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Tanner Butte – Columbia River Gorge 2/1/11

Garmin Interactive Map

20.7 mi

Elevation Gain:
5,806 ft

Min / Max Elevation:
78 ft / 4,111 ft

Matt, Dexter, Sadie & I

Tanner Butte had been a hike on my ‘ to hike list’ for along time. Its one of the many higher mileage day hikes in the Columbia River Gorge. I had finally dedicated myself to getting an early enough start to have the opportunity to finish before dark.

The trailhead starts in an awkward spot right off of exit 40 (Bonneville Dam). You can either park at the Wahclella Falls trailhead (just to the right/South as you come off i84) or the Tooth Rock parking lot (just left/East at the fork). Tooth Rock parking is free and is known for access to the Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway that has been converted into a walking / biking path in different sections. Tooth Rock is just West of Eagle Creek (Punch Bowl Falls & Tunnel Falls) and serves as the trailhead for Wauna Viewpoint. We parked at the Wahclella Falls trailhead (requires a NW Forest Pass) .

From the parking lot you walk back (North) towards i84 where the road forks – the hike begins here. The trailhead is halfway decently marked, but beyond this good luck…

Matt and I brought information about the hike; however, it did not completely help as there were many unmarked and obscure roads. We explored a few roads and one finally led us to the top of some ridge dead-ending. Discouraged as we were hiking down we started to plot our itinerary for the rest of the day – possibly hitting up a couple other hikes in the area. We ended up giving it one last shot and found the correct road, which led us to the Tanner Butte Trailhead … finally!

Apparently back in the day you were able to drive to the real Tanner Butte Trailhead. From the get-go the trail is beautiful! It starts with a series of small cascading waterfalls. We had to hike across a small icy creek that required some rock-hoping preplanning to prevent getting wet. My dog Dexter loved walking through the creek hydrating while my brothers dog Sadie is still deathly afraid of water. Sadie would not budge – I had to grab her scruff and pull her across the creek. This didn’t wade well for my feet as they got slightly damp with many more miles to go.

There was a strong East wind that kept the air brisk – chilly brisk that is! Needless to say, I wasn’t willing to bust out my camera much and sacrifice my hands freezing. Much of the hike we stayed in the dense forest somewhat protected from the wicked East wind of the Columbia River Gorge.

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[The Snowy Tanner Butte Trail – Dexter loves to run ahead]

Luckily once we got onto the Tanner Butte trail it was mostly easy to follow. As you can see above the trail clearly cuts through the forest. Sections of the trail we hiked were actually an old road. There was a few areas where it almost got away from us (due to the deceiving snow) that we took loose tree limps and logs to clearly mark  the trail to see on the way back.

The snow level had been at a high elevation for awhile leading up to this trip, but since much of the trail hikes through dense forest the snow is protected from the sun leaving us to hike though it. Most of the way the snow was firm and icy. As the snow melted off the tops of the trees the moisture created divots in the snow – this was definitely wearing on your feet and ankles causing your foot strike changed constantly. Hiking a few miles through this type of terrain slowed us down tremendously. As we reach a vista we felt like we were near the summit, but it was a false summit – a beautiful vantage point though!

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[Mt Hood with Tanner Butte in the near distance]

It was starting to get late in the day so we had to make some difficult decisions. From the ‘false summit’ we decided to give the summit a shot. After a half mile or so the trail disappeared as did our summit fever. The snow had gotten thicker and icier and the forest had grown a few too many trees leaving us to poor visibility. Just a few hundred vertical feet from the summit we decided it was best to not show up in the news and turn around.

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[Mt Adams in the distance]

When hiking you see so many different things – when you are leading vs following or when you are going ‘out’ or coming ‘back.’ As we were hiking ‘back’ we got a glimpse of Mt Adams in the distance.

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[Matt in good spirits]

The decision to turn around or keep trekking is a difficult one to make. Like many, I want to reach my final destination – the summit! However, there are many factors that are considered prior to turning around – time/day light, trail conditions, supplies packed, individual’s fatigue. We probably would have been okay, but didn’t want to risk coming back to the wrath of our significant others for arriving way late 😉

IMG_2624[Munra Point just West of us]

On the way back we took full advantage of the downhill keeping a solid pace. With just a couple miles left the sun started to set behind the might ridges of the Columbia River Gorge. It made for a cool shot of Munra Point and reminded me of how steep of a climb it was!  We arrived back to the car just as it was nearing complete darkness. The dogs fell asleep instantly as they probably put in double the mileage we did!

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Eagle Creek – Punch Bowl Falls – Tunnel Falls – Wahtum Lake

MAY 7 2010

5,310 Feet
30.02 miles Round Trip
Myself, David, Drew
Eagle Creek Hiking Photos

Route Replay
Hiker Trail Info

Eagle Creek is an extremely popular trail due to the multiple waterfalls, swim areas, and its relatively flat. The trail starts about a half mile or so from the Camp Host area (right of Interstate 84). If you plan on doing a multi-day trip it is wise to park here and tack on the extra mileage because it will give you some peace of mind that your car is relatively safe in this more highly trafficked area.

The trail parallels Eagle Creek most of the way providing you with some great views of the creek, waterfalls, and high cliffs. Eagle Creek flows through a small gorge with high cliffs on either side. Much of the trail was cut into the hillside – hence its unstableness during the winter months.

On hot summer days the general public usually hikes up just 2 miles to Punch Bowl Falls. This is a beautiful waterfall that has become a hot spot for adrenaline seekers. For others it is simply a popular swimming hole. However, in May it seemed as though nobody was willing to test out the mountain cold water.

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[Thrill Seekers jumping off of Punch Bowl Falls]

The High Bridge that crosses over Eagle Creek is at about mile 3 and is another popular out and back day hike. Just another 3 miles down the trail is Tunnel Falls (6miles in). Tunnel Falls is a man made tunnel that moles through the cliff side behind a waterfall. The tunnel was blasted and built back in the 1910s as another attraction along the Historic Columbia River Highway. This is an awesome waterfall that is extremely powerful! This video walk-through does not do it justice, but gives you a glimpse –

[Dave filming Drew and I walking through Tunnel Falls]

For day hikers the journey typical ends here at Tunnel Falls. I always recommend to family and friends to walk another .2 miles up trail to enjoy yet again more waterfalls. Twisty Falls is a cool falls and just above it there is a great lunch spot along the creek.

IMG_9408 [Twisty Falls]

Twisty Falls was the furthest I had hiked up until this trip. I have 2 beefs with the Eagle Creek Trail – How crowded it gets and how rocky the trail is. When it is really crowded on this trail it can definitely ruin your hiking experience. Many sections of this trail are along cliffs with not-so-wide trail, which makes it difficult pass by others. The other small annoyance is how rocky the trail is. It may sound petty, but when you log some decent mileage on this trail your feet will definitely let you know!

We left on a Friday afternoon and avoided most of the crowds. Beyond Tunnel Falls we saw just 5 people (over the course of 6 miles). The section after Tunnel Falls is absolutely amazing with many more waterfalls. As you start to gain elevation the trail improves from sharp rock to soft undergrowth – making things much easier on the feet and knees.

Our start time was 1:16pm. Our plan was to make it up to Wahtum Lake and camp there. Then the following day based on weather conditions we would hopefully do a loop up to Chinidere Point – Benson Plateau – and down Ruckel Creek. I was well aware that snow levels were low and that our trip could be altered, but I was excited to just get out on the trail and was cool with playing things by ear.

Passing people early on we were asked about our trip. This older guy told us a few stories about “when he was younger” and how him and his buddies hiked all over the area. Then he proceeded to tell us that it would be a long shot for us to make it up to Wahtum Lake that night. This nonetheless motivate the hell out of us. I knew it might be close, but was definitely optimistic with how we were holding up so far pace wise.

From Twisty Falls the trail continues to follow the creek for just another mile or so then shoots up into the dense forest gaining some decent elevation. At about 2100ft (Inspiration Point) you get a decent glimpse of how vast the Columbia River Gorge Forest is. Beyond Inspiration Point we were welcomed with small sections of snow. At first it was kind of fun – then it became annoying – then we were completely done with it and never wanted to see it again.

IMG_9452 [Dave and Drew at Inspiration Point looking onward]

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[Dave struggling in the soft deep snow – Drew plotting a much smarter route to avoid being eaten up by the deep cold snow]

Despite the deep snow and us probably being somewhat ill-equipped for such conditions we pushed on and finally made it to Wahtum Lake. However, this was the scene when we arrived…

DSCN0505[Me taking a break from the snow in a mud puddle – also contemplating this as a camping spot]

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[Wahtum Lake snow covered in all]

Once we arrived to Wahtum Lake we achieved are goal, but definitely needed a place to eat, get warm, and sleep and Wahtum Lake was definitely not it! After strategizing about possible alternative routes – we finally came to our senses after starring off into the obis and seeing snow everywhere. It was decided to turn around and head back down below the snow level. We plowed through the snow in a quarter of the time it took us to hike up. We quickly hiked down and could feel the temperature increase as we dropped in elevation. It got dark fast in the trees so we had to bust out our headlamps to find camp.

Hiking up we saw many great camping spots. This trail is highly used by boy scout groups and is well-maintained with good signage and plentiful campsites near the trail.  We pulled off at the first decent looking camp spot. Time was of the essence as the little day light we did have was fading fast. We quickly unpacked and started setting up the tent, cooking dinner, and gathering firewood.

Lucky for us it was rather warm once we hiked down below the snow level. We had a few solid attempts at building a fire with water-logged wood, but in the end it was a failure. However, it was definitely entertaining to see who could get the fire to sustain itself the longest.

DSCN0513 [Dave’s 2 man tent ended up having to fit 3 men – it all worked out okay in the end..]

We awoke to a cold morning. With our subpar fire starting skills and the wet wood we decided to get on the trail right away. We hiked a few miles down to another great camping spot and cooked up some piping hot oatmeal – delicious!

DSCN0523 [Love oatmeal in the morning!]

IMG_9519 [Nearby creek – used it to clean our dishes]

After breakfast the sun started to come out a bit warming up the densely cool forest. With doing an out and back hike instead of our planned loop things were a bit more relaxing. We didn’t have to worry about time and were able to take in the sights a bit more as our pace was much less rigorous going down. We came across a few early risers who had similar plans as ours. We shared our experience and talked out some possible alternative routes due to snow levels.

We reenergized at one of my favorite spots on the way back – Twisty Falls. Took the boots off, ate some food, and took in some vitamin d.

The sun and blue skies brought out the crowds. Once we turned the corner to Tunnel Falls we started to see more and more people. It was nice as all of the traffic was headed up trail.

We took a couple more short breaks just off the trail to give the feet a break from the sharp rocky trail. I finally learned how to use the ‘macro’ feature on my camera.

IMG_9539 [testing out my camera features]

This was a solid backpacking trip. I would recommend it most especially to the beginner backpacker (in ideal conditions) as it is relatively flat, just 30 miles and has amazing views (waterfalls, riverside hiking, valley views, etc). If you wanted to cut down on the mileage you also could drive up to Wahtum Lake and hike down through Eagle Creek.

Wahclella Falls

300 Feet
2 miles Round Trip
Brian, Myself
Wahclella Falls Hiking Photos

NW Hiker Trail Info

Wahclella Falls is a great waterfall that sits back off about one mile in a small canyon. The hike starts with walking along a service road, which leads to an odd fish ladder structure that is constantly monitored.

Just beyond the fish ladder structure the access road turns into a wide trail following the Tanner Creek upstream. The trail crosses over a short bridge, which was built because of the great amount of run off from snow melt. There is a great waterfall that rushes down the rock face flowing into Tanner Creek. I always enjoy hiking many of the trails of the gorge during the rainy/ wet season because there are more seasonal waterfalls visible and the year around falls are much more powerful.

About a half mile into the hike you will come to a trail juncture, which allows you to do a looping hike. I always veer to the left hiking up the steeper trail – getting the more difficult part out of the way first and plus there are fewer people that choose this direction (the first 100 ft or so is kind of steep so it looks a little daunting, but then it levels out).

The canyon is wide and open with a good amount of trees and vegetation. Even with how open the canyon feels Wahclella Falls still seems extremely huge and powerful. Wahclella Falls is a two part falls also including a small side falls (winter run off) that flows into the mid section. The force of the water falling creates a mist that can carries a long ways giving you a taste of the chilliness of the frigid ice cold water.

[Wahclella Falls – with the mist getting to the lens of my camera]

After snapping a few quick shots before getting completely soaked we retreat to the other side of Tanner Creek – a much more protected area from the cold misting falls. The creek is much more calm and clear, but the current is still swift.  The canyon walls are formed by aged basalt columns that have eroded over time. In one area there is a small cave that goes a surprisingly long ways (further depending on how big you are/ how claustrophobic you are as well). I geared up with a headlamp and began my short-lived spelunking journey and was quickly distracted with a lizard crawling in the distance.

[A good ole cave lizard]

We continued our loop along the Westside of the canyon. Making the loop gives you great perspective of the size of the canyon. Along the Westside of the canyon you are at a better vantage point to view Tanner Creek. The white water makes it tempting to want to kayak.

Just as we were leaving the sun started to shine through the clouds and more people started to show up. This hike is a great family trail – its short, relatively easy and there is some great educational opportunities along the trail (wildflowers, wildlife, etc). Also, depending on how ambitious you are feeling this could be either a starting/ending hike – there are many other great hikes that can be accessed from the same parking area.

Beacon Rock

1.6 miles RT; 800 ft gain
Andrew and Myself
Beacon Rock Hiking Photos
NW Hiker Trail Info

Beacon Rock is a large 800 some odd foot basaltic landmark that sits in the western edge of the Columbia River Gorge. Back in the day Beacon Rock was used as a landmark for river travelers and explorers when navigating the area. Not only was it an easy way for people to find their barrings, but it marked the end of the intense rapids just East on the Columbia River. Even today I still use Beacon Rock and other noticeable landmarks to navigate the area.

Beacon Rock is both hike-able and climb-able. It is hike-able most of the year until of course the Columbia River Gorge gets hit by the “Artic Blast” with snow and ice. It is climb – able for a large portion of the year, but it reserves February 1 to about mid July for just the beautiful Falcon birds to safely nest alone without the annoyances of rock climbers getting in their way. The Southeast face is the most popular and fun places to climb. There is many different routes you can take, which ultimately lead to the hiking summit. I always enjoy it when we climbed up and over the gated hiking summit to a bunch of astonished and confused hikers – “where’d they come from!” Here are a few rock climbing pictures – Beacon Rock Southeast Face Climbing.

[Beacon Rock looking East from top of Rock of Ages]

[Beacon Rock in the distance. Picture taken from Wauna Viewpoint on the Oregon side]

Beacon Rock is a great little ‘walk in the park’ hike. It is not the hike you would want to be doing on a summer day unless you don’t mind the crowds. It can definitely get crowded along the trail that is literally built onto the side of the rock. It is located directly off of Highway 14 – easily accessible to all. For me, every time I’ve hiked up its been spur of the moment sort of deal – I’d be in the area and notice that the parking lot is near empty and the weather is decent and decide to head up the trail for a quick sweet view of the Columbia River Gorge. If you plan on doing some rock climbing here you’d better get an early start. It is a popular area for climbing due to the ease of climbing, accessibility, and close to the city.

Atop Beacon Rock it is pretty exposed to the elements and can be extremely windy. I enjoy the views of the Bonneville Damn, Oregon Waterfalls, and the Columbia River. Check out below a little video of what its like atop Beacon Rock…

Beacon Rock Hiking Pictures

Beacon Rock Climbing Pictures

Beacon Rock Trail Information


Wauna Viewpoint

850 Feet
4 miles Round Trip
Brian and myself
Wauna Viewpoint Hiking Photos
NW Hiker Trail Info

This is one of my favorite hikes because of the awesome panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. It is fairly short with a steady climb that seems to be uncrowded even on the sunniest days.

Due to such an awesome trail network in the Columbia River Gorge you have many options… You can start from Eagle Creek trail and walk across the suspension bridge and head West or begin at the Tooth Rock Trail and begin hiking East. I prefer the Tooth Rock trailhead merely because it seems to always be uncrowded and you have options of doing another short and sweet hike – Wahclella Falls Hike 2 miles round trip.

The trail isn’t the greatest when it comes to signage so I suggest bringing a guide book/map and allowing sufficient time to find your way to the viewpoint. We brought a couple of different guide books – Sir William Sullivan’s guide book as well as a topography map detailing all trails in the area.

After a short hike in the dense forrest you start to climb above the trees a bit with teasing views of what is even better atop at Wauana Viewpoint. You must ignore the power lines to enjoy it.

[Atop of Wauna Viewpoint looking East with Eagle Creek just below]

We decided to make a loop out  of this hike – so at the trail juncture not far from the top we hiked East towards Eagle Creek. After a short stint along this soft rolling trail we arrived to The Columbia Rive Gorge Old Historic Highway. Parts of this historic road have been either updated for use of the modern day vehicles to travel or converted into bikeways/walking paths.

The Columbia River Gorge Historic Highway is a beautifully constructed road that was well thought out having travelers experience the best of the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area. The road takes you to the greatest viewpoints of the Columbia River Gorge including  6 viewable waterfalls from the road (Horsetail Falls, Multnomah Falls, Wahkeena Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, Sheppards Dell Falls, and Latourell Falls just to name a few) and amazing view points (Crown Point Vista House, Portland Womens Forum and many others similar to the picture above). I highly recommend taking off with your hiking boots or bicycle to check out the gems of the gorge…

4 T's Trail Portland, OREGON

Train – Trail – Tram – Trolley
Distance: RT 5.5 miles (total distance when using all available transportation about – 4mi walking)
Duration: 3.5 hours
Party: Kristin and Myself
4 T’s Trail Photos
Trail Map & Info

4 T’s Trail

We started the adventure with a short walk to the Union Station MAX stop. We caught the green line (runs on 5th & 6th downtown) then exited at the Pioneer Courthouse stop to transfer onto a Westbound train (red/blue line).

The beautiful thing about Portland is the efficiency of the public transportation – especially the MAX, which stands for Metro Area Express. In the downtown area Portland created a “Free Rail Zone” where folks can ride the MAX and Street Car for free within this zone. The free zone is for the MAX is from Lloyd Center to one stop west of Pioneer Square. The Street Car is free within the I405 corridor (NW Glisan to South Waterfront). For this we just purchased one 2 hour pass each.

Taking the Red/Blue MAX line out to the zoo, we exited into the tunnel and proceeded up the elevator. Just outside the elevator the 4 T’s signage is noticeable. The signs directs you to walk along the sidewalk towards the entrance of the zoo. On a busy day like this one was, we crossed the street and headed towards the Children’s Museum to avoid the crowds around the zoo entrance. We continued on by crossing over highway 26 and walking a few hundred feet down along the side of the East onramp to connect with the trail.

The trail shoots up Portland’s Southwest hills into an urban forested canopy. You climb quickly up the hillside getting away from the sounds of heavy city traffic. After a short stint on this urban trail it leads to a road where you’ll meet a four way stop at the intersection of SW Patton Road and SW Talbot Road. A left turn on SW Talbot Road will take you to the base of Council Crest – claimed to be one of Portland’s highest point, which you can vouch for after you walk up the steeply paved trail to the crest.

Council Crest is one of my favorite places to ride my bicycle and run to. It provides remarkable views of the city of Portland, the Willamette valley, and the Cascade Mountain Range. From the top on a clear day Mt Hood, Mt St Helens, Mt Adams, Mt Jefferson, Mt Rainier, and the Columbia River is viewable. Council Crest earned this name because it was here where Native Americans held meetings and built signal fires.

On a beautiful sunny Portland day, Council Crest is an excellent place to hang out for a few hours. We ate lunch here and people watched. There were many cyclists riding up the exhausting hill climb, which tops out at just over 1,000 feet. People and dogs were enjoying one another’s company in one of the many designated dog park areas in Portland. Others were soaking in the sun laid down on their blanket reading. Tourist swarmed the area taking pictures at every Godforsaken thing you could see for miles. Before continuing on we both got a kick out of a fellow who appeared to just gotten done Mt Everest – After reaching the top of Council Crest he collapsed onto the cement on his chest and laid there for quiet some time. Staring on we enjoyed watching his friends reactions. Kristin and I were making bets to see how long he would lay there. Once he rose up from the ground we headed onward to conquer the next section of our adventure.

[These twin towers mark the top of Council Crest and can be seen from long distances away]

To connect back with the 4 T’s trail from the Council Crest summit just head East down towards the dog park. Near the trees is some more signage. The trail pleasantly switchbacks down a much less steep route than coming up. Once down from the summit of Council Crest you start to descend through the beautiful Marquam Hills that are known for the big houses and unsteady ground. Walking on this section of the trail you feel like your in people’s backyards at times because your so close to their gigantic houses. Many of the houses are on stilts with multiple decks and levels. For being so close to the city this area is heavily forested mostly to stabilize the ground and to prevent erosion. The tree canopy provides great shade, but makes it take much longer to dry out the trail that tends to stay muddy for awhile after rainfall.

The trail will descend all the way down to the Marquam Shelter, which is a glorified picnic area. The Marquam Shelter is a nice spot to rest for a few moments before beginning the .6 mile ascend to OHSU Hospital. The climb is steady and can be steep in some areas especially the last few switchbacks near the top (of course). Hiking up and around the base of OHSU provides excellent views of the city and a sense of appreciation that Portland has such an abundant amount of hiking trails and parks that are so easily accessible.

Towering up and over the last switchback to the trail juncture you feel like the TRAM should be right there. However, its a bit of a jaunt down through campus. The TRAM is FREE! to ride down only. They run frequently between the two campuses (500 vertical feet, 3,000 linear feet) at the rate of 22mph in about 3 minutes a ride. Be advised and check the TRAM schedule before scheduling your trip. The TRAM is a glorified ferris wheel that offers great views of Portland from the South waterfront perspective.

The Street Car (Trolley) stops at the South waterfront OHSU campus. However, this stop is just outside of the free rail zone. You can walk North just a .5 mile or so to catch the Trolley in the “free zone.” We opted out on the Trolley due to the excellent weather and chose to walk along the Tom McCall Waterfront Park. McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside located in South Waterfront on the espionage offers an excellent Happy Hour Menu with Portland’s best $2.95 Burger and Fries. Full Sail Brewery also has an offsite brewery connected to the bar that brews small quantities (compared to its mother brewery in Hood River, OR), which is served on tap at McCormick & Schmick’s Harborside. Under the Burnside Bridge lies an ultra classic weekend Portland event – the Saturday Market, which showcases Portland’s diversity all in one spot. Great food, great beer, great art, and cool people. If your’e going to go urban hiking you might as well mix a little bit of food and beer in…

*Map breakdown of trail – Keep in mind that the actual hiking portion starts at mile 4 (Oregon Zoo) to about mile 8 (OHSU)*

Angles Rest

Angels Rest
1600 Feet  (Stephen was at about 1613 by climbing the tree ha)
4.8 mi
Myself, Kristin, David, Stephen, James, Drew
Angels Rest Hike + Mt Hood Meadows Photos
NW Hiker Trail Info
Portland, OREGON Hiker Info

Angels Rest is a quick n’ dirty hike to the top of one of the most exposed points in the Columbia River Gorge. Angels Rest is an extremely recognizable point in the Gorge viewable from the freeway. It sticks out like a sore pinky after a hard day of climbing at Smith Rock. When traveling eastbound look off to your right and up about 1600 feet and it’s the most exposed bare point with a few distinct trees atop.

Our party started the hike mid-morning. I am always weary of parking in that area due to the risk of a break in. It seems like I always see glass on the ground. I will give credit to the law enforcement for stepping up patrols all along the old highway – this has helped tremendously!

The hike starts with a gradual climb and immediately opens up to some great views of the Columbia River Gorge. Just beyond this clearing you come to Coopey Falls. This waterfall is about 35 feet in height – Stephen chose to use his own measuring methods to determine the “true height.”

From Coopey Falls the trail just gets steeper – switchbacks, switchbacks, switchbacks! The trail was recently rerouted, which ultimately made more switchbacks but definitely improved the trail. Prior to the improvements the trail climbed straight up the ridge – going up and over rocks and exposed tree roots. Rainfall caused the trail to become a muddy mess. A big shout out to the trail crew! Volunteer Opportunities –  http://www.fs.fed.us/r6/columbia/recreation/trails/volunteeropportunities.htm

When you reach the top of where the old trail meets the new one make sure you are all bundled up because the trees start to thin exposing you to the elements – getting blasted by wind! At this point the trail climbs steep switchbacks on the northface getting blasted by the great winds of the mighty Columbia River Gorge. Here’s some video footage from 2009 when I hiked it with my brother –

After hiking the steep north facing switchbacks the trail curves around to the west of the summit into a plethora of basalt rocks. This area is well protected from the wind. This area becomes a popular spot for lunch and sun bathing on a nice summer afternoon.

The trail continues South beyond the rocky area and then switches back to the summits ridge. To reach the true summit it entails hopping up and over a couple large rocks and then braving the usually extreme wind gusts. Atop of Angel’s Rest is arguably the best panorama view of the Columbia River Gorge. There stationed is a wind proof bench to sit, relax, and just look.

This day did not end after the steep downhill hike/run down to the parking lot…. We all piled into the car and drove on over to Mt Hood Meadows to do some “Meadows After Dark” riding. This action packed day was truly epic…

Angels Rest Hike + Mt Hood Meadows Photos
NW Hiker Trail Info
Portland, OREGON Hiker Info

-Garrett Hampton