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Wahkeena Falls, Devil’s Rest and Angel’s Rest Loop Hike
March 21, 2020 @ 7:30 am - 4:30 pm
Join us as we head out to hike a less-used variation on three popular Gorge trails, packing in waterfalls, deep mossy forests, heart-pounding elevation gain (and loss), and those quintessential Columbia River Gorge Views.
This hike will be 8.7 miles in total, with 2,859 feet of elevation gain – I would rate it moderate to difficult.
We’ll be starting at Wahkeena Falls Trailhead, and taking the Wahkeena Trail #420,, which offers some elevations gains on the first portion of the trail, as we ascend past Lemmon’s Viewpoint and Fairy Falls, and then past the junction with the Vista Point trail.
We’ll continue ascending until we reach a “T” shaped junction, where we will turn right to stay on Wahkeena Trail #420. Just past where the Vista Point trail rejoins our, we’ll take another right and begin the final push to the summit of Devil’s Rest. After checking out the summit (although there is no view), a quick snack and maybe locating the geomarker, we’ll continue on.
We’ll continue on, until we reach our first junction, where we will keep left and at the second junction, we’ll take a right on to Devil’s Rest Trail #420C, and after about 0.4 miles, we’ll stay left yet again – which will lead us over to Angel’s Rest in just about a half mile!
Angel’s Rest is our lunch spot, as well as our turnaround point for the day. We’ll head back, retracing our steps and keeping left at all trail junctions which will lead us onto Angel’s Rest Trail #315, continuing down a steep set of switchbacks that decend nearly 500 feet is just under a mile. We’ll continue on Angel’s Rest Trail #315 until we reach Wahkeena Springs, just on our left, before we reach the junction with Wahkeena Falls Trail #420.
From here, we will descend the way we came and return to the vehicles.
What to bring: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/ten-essentials.html
* pack your full supply of water for the day
* pack snacks and light lunch
* dress warm and in layers; gloves and hat too
* rain coat top layer
* shoes with good traction that can get muddy
* bring a light back pack to put layers in as you shed them
* Please plan transportation accordingly as the parking lot tends to be busy on the weekends and holidays.
****Please Note: Ambassadors are not wilderness first aid certified. This is a casual get together for shared outdoor enthusiasts. Safety is a top priority; please plan accordingly.****
Questions? Please reach out Portland ambassador, Kristina Marx with any questions. Can’t wait to see you all and hike together!
~ Women Who Explore – Portland Ambassador