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Devil's Rest

From Oregon Hikers Field Guide

Devil's Rest (Jeff Statt)
Creepy trees at Devil's Rest (Steve Hart)
Mt Adams, Hamilton Mountain, Beacon Rock and the Columbia River from a viewpoint near Devil's Rest (Steve Hart)

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Description

Devil's Rest is a high promontory between Angel's Rest and Larch Mountain on the Oregon side of the Columbia River Gorge. It is an obvious forest-covered knob when looking at the hillside from the Washington side of the river, (eclipsed only by Larch Mountain and Nesmith Point in terms of prominence in this area).

When you reach Devil's Rest, you will wonder "is this it?". No, it is not one of the most picturesque of destinations in the Gorge. This is truly one of those "it's not about the destination, it's about the trip there" locations! Many people choose this as their goal due to the relative quiet compared to other area Gorge trails and for the understated views along the way up.

Most people who come to Devil's Rest start at either Wahkeena Falls, Multnomah Falls or the Angel's Rest Trailhead, and there a half-dozen or more loop and shuttle options in the area, including some lost and abandoned trails. For most of these options you have to traverse about 2100 feet of elevation in about three miles, making this a decent quad warmer, without being haughty. But you will make buddies of the ubiquitous switchbacks along the way.

If you are a lover of waterfalls, you can't go wrong starting at either Wahkeena or Multnomah Falls, but the less popular Angel's Rest-Devil's Rest Loop Hike is a nice option, giving you a ying-yang contrast between the two landmarks, a slightly longer route (better for conditioning), and good sampling of the areas forests and wildlife.

History

Devil's Rest sits on land which was once owned by Charles Coopey, for whom Coopey Creek and Coopey Falls are named. Coopey, an Englishman, named the summit Eagle Eyrie. He eventually gave the land to the City of Portland, which also owned Multnomah Falls in the 1920s. In 1939 the City of Portland transferred all of its Columbia Gorge holdings south of the railway to the U.S. Forest Service.

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Guidebooks that cover this destination

  • Day Hike! Columbia Gorge, by Seabury Blair, Jr.
  • 60 Hikes within 60 Miles of Portland, by Paul Gerald
  • Afoot and Afield Portland/Vancouver, by Douglas Lorain
  • 35 Hiking Trails, Columbia River Gorge, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Columbia River Gorge, 42 Scenic Hikes, by Don & Roberta Lowe
  • Hiking the Columbia River Gorge - 1st and 2nd Editions, by Russ Schneider
  • 100 Hikes in Northwest Oregon - 3rd Edition, by William L Sullivan

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Oregon Hikers Field Guide is built as a collaborative effort by its user community. While we make every effort to fact-check, information found here should be considered anecdotal. You should cross-check against other references before planning a hike. Trail routing and conditions are subject to change. Please contact us if you notice errors on this page.

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