One of my favorite wildflowers – Wild Iris
Thanks to Amy I know how beautiful the sunsets from Angels Rest can be. Decided to go up and enjoy the sunset last night. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Angels Rest is also the Wild Iris capital of the Columbia Gorge. I have never seen more Wild Iris on one trail. It was magnificent.
I usually start up this trail around 4-5 pm (when most are coming down) then stay up to enjoy the sunset. I use my head lamp to come down after dark. The stars are also plentiful from the top.
The trail is all up – then all down. It has sections where it is mostly rock, a hidden waterfall, and a few boulders to climb over at the end. I August if you come down in the dark the trail has little black scorpions – would not wear sandals of any kind.
Eastbound on I-84, take Bridal Veil Exit #28. The trailhead is south of the Historic Columbia River Highway, opposite the junction with the interstate access road in Bridal veil. From westbound I-84, take Ainsworth State Park Exit #35 and follow the Historic Columbia River Highway for 7.1 miles (11.4 km).