Angels Rest was our most ambitious hike to date. Emboldened by our recent conquest of Little Si (2.5 miles one way, 1000 ft elevation change), we decided on Sunday to take on Angels Rest (2.2 miles one way, 1900 ft elevation change), a 20 minute drive from Portland.
This hike was my favorite of the Cascades so far, not just due to the challenge, but the variety of elements involved: streams, falls, rock climbing, trees, berries, you name it. The very top had some moderate rock climbing involved, definitely not for the faint of heart or those scared of heights. I tried to get some pictures that captured both (the rock formations at the top and the river/mountains in the background), but the pictures just don't do it justice.
About .75 miles into the hike we came across a stream and let the kids play for a little while. From there, not much of a departure from the trail, which is a constant slight grade uphill for the 2+ miles. Will post a picture after I
Close to the top... just have to climb that rock on the left.
View West from the top of Angels Rest
Spencer noted on the way down that going down was MUCH easier than going up :)