Summit of Angel's Rest Trail with Washington mountains across the Columbia River
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) enrollees from Camp New Benson Park improved the Columbia River Gorge hike to Angel’s Rest in 1934-1935, This involved building bridges over streams as well as grooming the trail.
Angel’s Rest is one of the most popular hikes in the Columbia River Gorge Scenic area, considered by many a “must” for local hikers. In 1934, a reporter for Portland’s Oregon Journal stated: ” Perhaps the most beautiful hike out of Benson Park is the trail to Angel’s Rest, where at an elevation of 1600 feet one may see up and down the Columbia River Gorge for 50 miles.”
The main trail head is located near Bridal Veil but access to the trail is provided from Benson Park as well.
"Angel's Rest - Hike #415" US Forest Service Website. Viewed February 6, 2022. https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/crgnsa/recarea/?recid=29874
Great Columbia Highway Park System Nears Completion," Oregon Journal. September 9, 1934.
"New Trail Made to Angel's Rest on Gorge Route," Oregonian. May 31, 1936. p. 7.
Romano, Craig (2011) Day Hiking: Columbia River Gorge. Seattle WA: The Mountaineers Books. pp. 200-202.
Project originally submitted by Judith T Kenny on February 8, 2022.
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