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.
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.
Our new travel friend Marc hiked up with us, and I thought he was really funny.
Once we finally reached the top, I couldn’t believe the gorgeous views of the gorge!
Dad took this amazing shot of Mom at the peak of Angel’s Rest.
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 …
After a long day of hiking I was so sleepy, I napped with Marc on the way back to Portland!
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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