Hiking Spotlight: Angel’s Rest

The Columbia River Gorge has many spectacular dog-friendly hiking spots, and it’s only an easy 30-minute drive out of Portland, Oregon. The first trail we tried in the gorge, Angel’s Rest, was as heavenly as the name suggests.

Hiking up to Angel’s Rest with Mom and Dad.

The trail was about 4.8 miles, round-trip, and was full of steep cliffs, so Mom said I had to stay on my leash.

Leading the way!

Our new travel friend Marc hiked up with us, and I thought he was really funny.

Marc being funny.

Once we finally reached the top, I couldn’t believe the gorgeous views of the gorge!

Enjoying the gorge.
Enjoying the gorge.
Enjoying the gorge.
Mom enjoying the sun.
The hiking crew.

Dad took this amazing shot of Mom at the peak of Angel’s Rest.

Amazing shot of Mom.

After the long hike was over, we checked out Bridal Veil Falls, which was only a short drive from Angel’s Rest. I was ready to go home after I accidentally fell into the water and got my butt wet! Not another bath …

Mom enjoying the falls.

After a long day of hiking I was so sleepy,  I napped with Marc on the way back to Portland!

Our napping faces.


Rating for Angel’s Rest


I gave this hike two paws up because it had stunning views and offered an exhilarating workout. The trail is rated moderate, and your dog needs to be leashed, like I was, throughout the trail. Your dog should be in decent shape before trying this trail, and there may be some areas at the peak where your dog may have trouble climbing up the sharp rocks. I recommend assessing your pup’s health before the hike, making sure to bring plenty of water, and staying close to your pup throughout the trail in case any stinky wild animals visit you.

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Stay tuned for my next blog post, where we head to Washington to explore more of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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48 thoughts on “Hiking Spotlight: Angel’s Rest

  1. I never knew you could find such wild, beautiful nature so close to Portland. That view of the gorge is gorgeous and there’s even a waterfall, neat! Would love to visit the west coast of the US one day.

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  2. Looks like a fun place to hike for you and 2-legged friends. I’m sure “getting your butt wet” wasn’t completely an accident! Pinned this!

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  3. We didn’t know that you could find amazing landscapes like those ones near Portland! Thanks for sharing. We love your photos and especially the one when you had a rest/nap 😉 Another place that we need to add to our list! Thanks for sharing and thanks to you we discovered a new spot 🙂 Patrick and Cécile

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  4. Looks like an absolutely gorgeous hike with some stunning views – and the pup got to enjoy it too! Love this and would definitely visit myself. Now, just need to find a dog to come with me!

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