From I-84 eastbound, take exit 28 (Bridal Veil). Angel’s Rest trailhead is near the exit. Benson State Park is 2 miles East.
From I-84 westbound, take exit 35 (Ainsworth State Park) 5 miles on Historic Columbia River Hwy to Benson and 7 miles to Angel’s Rest.
geographic coordinates Angel’s Rest Trail 45°33’36.9″N 122°10’22.0″W (45.560241, -122.172778) Benson State Park 45°34’36.4″N 122°07’40.5″W (45.576777, -122.127931)
Go to the Oregon Birding Trails Website. Choose the Cascades Birding Trail. Then choose the Mt. Hood Loop Guide. Section 1.Directions
Habitat and Birds
Angel’s Rest trail is a steep climb (1476′ elevation gain in 2.2 miles) through varied woodland habits to a rock promontory with great views overlooking the Columbia River. Birds along the way include Sooty and Ruffed Grouse, Gray Jay, Swainson’s Thrush and Pacific Wren. Off the path is a rocky slope where Pika can sometimes be seen and heard.
Benson has lowland riparian forest around a lake with various ducks in winter and sometimes Tundra Swan; and in summer Warbling Vireo and Bullock’s Oriole.