Portland, OR: Devils Rest

In 6.2 miles, you'll visit two waterfalls and climb through old-growth forest to a wooded summit above the Columbia River Gorge.

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Start at the Wahkeena Falls Trailhead, and hike west for 450 feet to a switchback that swings to the east. At .2 mile, the trail crosses a stone bridge next to Wahkeena Falls, a 242-foot waterfall that cascades down lush cliffs. As the trail climbs steadily through old-growth forest, you’ll pass several points that offer views across the Columbia Gorge into Washington. The second waterfall of the day, Fairy Falls, comes into view at mile 1. The trail leaves the Wahkeena Creek drainage 200 feet later, winds north, and ascends a ridge to Devils Rest Trail. From here, it’s a 1.5-mile climb to the top of Devils Rest, a wooded outcropping with limited views. Drop your pack and enjoy the scenery before following the same route back to the trailhead.
Mapped by Trung Q. Le


Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.0
  • Miles from city center: 29



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Head west on Wahkeena Falls Trail. Path switchbacks to the east in 450 feet.


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Walk across a stone footbridge that crosses Wahkeena Falls, a 242-foot tiered waterfall that pours down basalt cliffs.


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Gaps between trees reveal views of the Columbia River Gorge. Look north: Wooded slopes rise behind the Columbia River, which separates Washington from Oregon. Ahead, trail winds to the south.


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Continue straight, heading south. Pass a spur trail on the right that leads to Lemmons Viewpoint (views of the Columbia River Gorge and Washington).


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Fairy Falls: This fan-shaped waterfall splashes down rocky cliffs. Take a breather on the bench near the falls. Next, continue southeast.


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Bear right @ 3-way junction (Vista Point Trail #419 on left may be closed due to fallen trees and eroded trails). In 50 feet, trail switchbacks to the left, heading north.


Location: 45.5700569152832, -122.117942810059

Turn left @ T-junction on the Wahkeena Falls Trail (towards Multnomah Falls). Note: The trail on the right leads back to Fairy Falls and the trailhead. In 100 feet, turn right onto the Devils Rest Trail #420C; switchback climb ahead.


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Look for the glacier-covered slopes of Mount Adams in the distance to the northeast.


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Devils Rest (2,400 ft.): Although views are scarce from this wooded outcropping, grab a snack and enjoy the lush, mossy scenery before retracing your route to the trailhead.

Wahkeena Falls

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Views of Wahkeena Falls from the footbridge.

Columbia River Gorge

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Views to the north of the Columbia River Gorge and Washington.

Fairy Falls

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A group in front of Fairy Falls.

Mount Adams

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Mount Adams can be seen from the viewpoint.