Wahkeena Falls to Devils Rest to Angels Rest to Wahkeena Spring loop

Monday, May 23, 2022

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Difficulty Level: Strenuous: 9.5 miles | 2,600-ft elev. Gain

Before you register, please:

  • Read our updated digital Liability Waiver here. You will be asked to check a box acknowledging you read waiver during registration.
  • Read our COVID-19 Event FAQ here. Friends now requires participants to be vaccinated in order to attend outings. After you register, you will be asked to present proof of vaccination.
  • Complete the CDC's Coronavirus Self-Checker 48 hours before the outing.

Outing Description

Join hike leader Paul Freeman for a day full of adventure in the western Gorge beginning at the Wahkeena Falls trailhead. After the 2017 Eagle Creek fire, the area surrounding Wahkeena Falls area was burned in a mosaic pattern, leaving openings for wildflowers to bloom abundantly. In addition, long-range views and vistas have opened up for all to marvel at. You can also expect waterfalls; and a refreshing spring bubbling out of the ground, which is the perfect spot for a break as you continue on this difficult hike. *Strenuous hikes will challenge most hikers. The hike will generally be longer and steeper, but may be deemed "Strenuous" because of the elevation gain. Generally 7 to 10 miles.

Trained volunteers lead Friends outings

  • Hike Leader: Paul Freeman
  • Hike Shepherd: Ken Hansen

What you can expect on this guided outing: This is a very strenuous and challenging hike, you should only attempt this hike if you are conditioned for very strenuous hikes. Be aware, you will have to cross talus (large rock) fields throughout the trail which can test your balance, hiking poles are recommended. This hike can be a steep, rocky descent on tired legs.

What to Bring:

  • Lunch, snacks, and plenty of water (1 liter for every two hours);
  • 10+ Essentials in backpack;
  • Hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen;
  • A photo/copy of your vaccination card if proof not sent via email.

What to Wear:

  • Sturdy, closed-toe shoes, sneakers, or boots.
  • Dress for weather: extra layers of clothing for protection against wet or cold weather. Be ready to shed layers in hot temperatures.

Fee: None

Restrooms: Nearest restroom located at the Wahkeena Falls trailhead.

Managed By: U.S. Forest Service

What to expect at a Friends guided outing: Expect a supportive and welcoming space where experienced hike leaders and shepherds guide you throughout Gorge outdoor spaces. Friends outings provide the opportunity to explore the Columbia Gorge, build community, and learn how Friends is the only conservation organization entirely dedicated to protecting, preserving, and stewarding the Gorge.

A confirmation email with outing details will be sent out 3-5 days before the event.

Questions? Please contact Melissa Gonzalez at hikes@gorgefriends.org or 971-634-1265.

Photo: Don Jacobson