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New Years Day Angels Rest Hike

* Someone asked if I planned to post this hike again as it has been how we have started off the New Year for the past few years.  Work may interfere this year for me and I really wont know until the day before.  If I don't make it, someone else can lead the way!  It has been a great way to start off the New Year! *

Please note the time.  If you plan to ring in the New Year with a hangover, this might be too early.

Hike Details

Meeting location: On the bottom floor of the parking deck.

Meeting Time: 9:00AM

Hike Distance: 4.6 miles

Hike Difficulty: Moderate

Drive Distance: 42 miles

Directions: Take I-84E to exit 28 Bridal Veil. Follow the road to the first stop sign, turn right and the parking area is immediately to the right.


Kids and LEASHED dogs are welcome on this hike.

Remember it is the cold and wet season, so please dress appropriately.


Starting in a fern-filled forest, the trail climbs uphill for 0.6 mile before reaching the top of Coopey Falls, a 150 to 175 foot horsetail waterfall, and the footbridge crossing the creek. Continuing on, the trail begins to switchback uphill for 1.6 miles before reaching the ridge crest. Turn left at a junction to a spectacular gorge viewpoint. Use extreme caution at the steep cliff edge. Some nice flower features of this hike are the wildflower displays (which peaks in May) of blue-eyed grass, star-flowered Smiliacina, and trillium at lower levels. Also you get a grand view of the Gorge once you reach the top. There is even a bench to rest yourself on that overlooks the entire area.

Portland Hikers Field guide:'s_Rest_Hike

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It's winter in the Pacific Northwest, so I'll go out on a limb and predict cold and wet weather. If that's a deal killer, please don't RSVP.


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  • Miae

    Thank you for organizing it, Dave. What a great way to start New Year! Nice hike and wonderful hikers.

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Grant N.

    Dave since I live close to the trail head up to Angles Rest in Hood River I would like to meet at the trail head is that possible or do we need to meet at Gateway Transit Center

    December 31, 2013

    • Dave

      That's fine, but it will be up to you to find the group.

      December 31, 2013

    • Grant N.

      thanks for letting me know

      December 31, 2013

  • Richard von R.

    Dave, I've been looking forward to this since last New Years Day hike, but I've been battling Achilles tendonitis for a month and just can't take the chance of prolonging the recovery. So sorry but I'm bowing out

    December 31, 2013

  • Paul H.

    Don't think I can make it, darn, It will be a nice hike.

    December 31, 2013

  • kim

    If anyone wants to carpool with me from Tigard let me know.

    1 · December 16, 2013

  • Troy C.

    I assume we are trying to get everyone into as few cars as possible?

    December 15, 2013

  • Paul H.

    Looking forward to joining you all for the hike

    December 9, 2013

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