#4 Most Popular Columbia River Gorge Locals Hike: Angel’s Rest
Like a balcony over the river, Angel’s Rest comprises exposed bluff with cliffs on three sides, providing at its summit one of the most spectacular views of the river. Climbing 2.4 miles up through the forest to the rocky outcropping, it’s a popular day-hike for visitors and locals touring along the scenic highway. Connecting to several other trails from the summit, you can often find thru-hikers and backpackers stopping alongside you to soak in the views. And while you can’t see any of the Cascades, volcanic peaks from the top, you can experience magnificent views of Beacon Rock, Silver Star Mountain and the Columbia River Gorge below. Be sure to pack a picnic and breathe in the beauty.