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Lewis & Clark's Columbia River - "200 Years Later"
"Angels Rest and Devils Rest, Oregon"
Includes ... Angels Rest ... Devils Rest ... "Fort Rock" ...
Image, 2004, Angels Rest and Devils Rest, Oregon, from Tunnel Point, click to enlarge
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Angels Rest (ridge left) and Devils Rest (cone on top), as seen from Tunnel Point, Oregon. Angels Rest is Columbia River basalt and lies uphill from Dalton Point, Oregon. Devils Rest is a Boring Lava cone. Image taken October 10, 2004.

Angels Rest and Devils Rest ...
Angels Rest, a Columbia River Basalt flow, looms over the Columbia River while Devils Rest, a Boring Lava cone, sits atop Angels Rest. On the west of Angel's Rest is Coopey Creek and Falls and on the east is Dalton Creek and Falls. Further east is Mist Falls and Wahkeena Creek and Falls.

View from Tunnel Point ...

Image, 2004, Columbia Gorge as seen from Tunnel Point, I-84, Portland, click to enlarge
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Columbia River Gorge looking upstream, as seen from Tunnel Point. Image taken October 10, 2004.
Image, 2004, Columbia Gorge as seen from Tunnel Point, I-84, Portland, click to enlarge
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Columbia River Gorge looking upstream, as seen from Tunnel Point. Image taken October 10, 2004.

Early Angels Rest and Devils Rest ...
Angel's Rest was once known as "Fort Rock".

"... You now pass between Lone rock and Fort rock, where legendary giants battled in the days of long ago ... " [The Automobile Blue Book, 1919, "Points of Interest, Columbia River Highway"]

According to the "PortlandHikersFieldGuild.org" website (2014):

"...Devil's Rest sits on land which was once owned by Charles Coopey, for whom Coopey Creek and Coopey Falls are named. Coopey, an Englishman, named the summit Eagle Eyrie. He eventually gave the land to the City of Portland, which also owned Multnomah Falls in the 1920s. In 1939 the City of Portland transferred all of its Columbia Gorge holdings south of the railway to the U.S. Forest Service. ..."

"Fort Rock" ...
In the early 1900s Angels Rest was called "Fort Rock".

"... Coopey creek comes out at the west side of Fort Rock. Its attractive lower falls, 117 feet in height, is to be seen a few steps from the Highway. The upper falls, which is passed several hundred feet up on the Fort Rock trail, appear to mark the contact of the gravels and the basalt, as if, in its downcutting the harder lava had proved so much of a barrier that the stream was compelled to tumble precipitately over, instead of taking the time to deliberately saw through it a channel of more uniform grade, such as it was able to do in the less resistant gravels above."

Source:    Mineral Resources of Oregon, 1916, published by Oregon Bureau of Mines and Geology

"Fort Rock" in 1919 ...
"... Traveling eastward from Portland, the motorist passes thru Troutdale, across the Sandy river, catches a glimpse of Rooster rock near the Chanticleer inn, and the Crown Point chalet, overlooking Vista house, at Crown Point, where a splendid view may be had up and down the Columbia, flowing 750 feet below. One may see for thirty miles in any direction. The scenic effect is wonderful, and here indeed is keenly felt the magnificence and splendor of this mighty stream. From this point the road spirals downward in a triple figure 8, descending 600 feet and never getting off a 40-acre tract of land. Next in order are Latourell bridge, to the right which are Latourell falls (193 ft.); Shepherd's dell; Coopey falls, which are far up on the cliff, and Bridal Veil falls. You now pass between Lone rock and Fort rock, where legendary giants battled in the days of long ago, and come upon Mist falls and then Wahkenna falls, located in Benson park. Next is Multnomah falls, the queen of American cataracts. ..."

Source:    The Automobile Blue Book, 1919, "Points of Interest, Columbia River Highway"

Historic Columbia River Highway ...
The trailhead for Angel's Rest and Devil's Rest begins on the Historic Columbia River Highway just east of Bridal Veil. The hike to Angel's Rest is a moderate hike, gaining 1,450 feet of elevation, and is 4.8 miles round trip. The trail to Devil's Rest branches from the Angel's Rest trail and rises another 850 feet. Parking is at the junction of the HCRH, East Bridal Veil Road, and the road to Palmer.

[More Historic Columbia River Highway]
[More HCRH Route]

Image, 2015, HCRH at Angels Rest parking, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Angel's Rest and Devil's Rest Trailhead Parking, Historic Columbia River Highway. View looking west, taken from moving car heading east. Image taken October 22, 2015.
Image, 2006, Angel's Rest Trailhead sign, Oregon, click to enlarge
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Angel's Rest Trailhead sign, Historic Columbia River Highway. Palmer Mill Road is in the background branching off of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The trailhead is to the left. Image taken May 10, 2006.

Eagle Creek Fire 2017 ...
The Eagle Creek Fire started on the afternoon of September 2, 2017, by some immature youths playing with fireworks. The fire quickly engulfed the Columbia Gorge behind Bonneville Dam. By September 5th the fire had moved west towards the Crown Point area. As of October 13, 2017, the fire had grown to 48,831 acres and was 50% contained, with areas from Cascade Locks to Troutdale being impacted.

Image, 2017, Interstate 84, Eagle Creek Fire, click to enlarge
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Eagle Creek Fire 2017 ... Angels Rest as seen from Interstate 84, Oregon. View from moving car heading east. Image taken September 25, 2017.

From the Journals of Lewis and Clark ...

Clark, October 30, 1805 ...
A cool morning, a moderate rain all the last night, after eating a partial brackfast of venison we Set out [from their camp near Drano Lake and the Little White Salmon River]     passed Several places where the rocks projected into the river & have the appearance of haveing Seperated from the mountains and fallen promiscuisly into the river, Small nitches are formed in the banks below those projecting rocks which is comon in this part of the river, Saw 4 Cascades caused by Small Streams falling from the mountains on the Lard. Side,

[The possiblities in a two-mile area are - upstream to downstream - Starvation Creek and Falls, the seasonal Cabin Creek and Falls, Warren Creek and Falls, Wonder Creek and Lancaster Falls, Lindsey Creek and Falls, and Summit Creek and Falls.]

a remarkable circumstance in this part of the river is, the Stumps of pine trees [Submerged Forest]

[The Submerged Forest existed along the reach from above Dog Mountain/Viento Creek on the upstream edge and Wind Mountain/Shellrock Mountain on the downstream edge.]

are in maney places are at Some distance in the river, and gives every appearance of the rivers being damed up below from Some cause which I am not at this time acquainted with [Bonneville Landslide],     the Current of the river is also verry jentle not exceeding 1 1/2 mile pr. hour and about 3/4 of a mile in width. Some rain, we landed above the mouth of a Small river on the Stard. Side [Wind River] and Dined ...   :  here the river widens to about one mile large Sand bar in the middle, a Great [rock] both in and out of the water, large <round> Stones, or rocks are also permiscuisly Scattered about in the river, ...     this day we Saw Some fiew of the large Buzzard    Capt. Lewis Shot at one, those Buzzards are much larger than any other of ther Spece or the largest Eagle white under part of their wings &c. [California Condor] ...     The bottoms above the mouth of this little river [Wind River] <which we Call> is rich covered with grass & firn & is about 3/4 of a mile wide rich and rises gradually, below the river (which is 60 yards wide above its mouth) the Countery rises with Steep assent. we call this little river <fr Ash> New Timbered river from a Speces of Ash <that wood> which grows on its banks of a verry large and different from any we had before Seen, and a timber resembling the beech in bark <& groth> but different in its leaf which is Smaller and the tree smaller. passed maney large rocks in the river and a large creek on the Stard. Side in the mouth of which is an Island [Rock Creek near Stevenson, Washington], passed on the right of 3 Islands <on> near the Stard. Side, and landed on an Island close under the Stard. Side at the head of the great Shute [head of the Cascades Rapids], and a little below a village of 8 large houses on a Deep bend on the Stard. Side, and opposit 2 Small Islands imediately in the head of the Shute, which Islands are covered with Pine, maney large rocks also, in the head of the Shute. Ponds back of the houses, and Countrey low for a Short distance. The day proved Cloudy dark and disagreeable with Some rain all day which kept us wet. The Countary a high mountain on each Side thickly Covered with timber, Such as Spruc, Pine, Cedar, Oake Cotton &c. &c.     I took two men and walked down three miles to examine the Shute and river below proceeded along an old Indian path, passd. an old village at 1 mile [vicinity of Ice House Lake] ...     I found by examonation that we must make a portage of the greater perpotion of our Stores 2 1/2 miles, and the Canoes we Could haul over the rocks, I returned at Dark ...     a wet disagreeable evening, the only wood we could get to burn on this little Island on which we have encamped [near Ashes Lake, the island is now under the waters of the Bonneville Reservoir. Ashes Lake was near the head of the Cascade Rapids. Across from Ashes Lake is Cascade Locks, Oregon.] is the newly discovered Ash, which makes a tolerable fire. we made fifteen miles to daye

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*River Miles [RM] are approximate, in statute miles, and were determined from USGS topo maps, obtained from NOAA nautical charts, or obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website, 2003


All Lewis and Clark quotations from Gary Moulton editions of the Lewis and Clark Journals, University of Nebraska Press, all attempts have been made to type the quotations exactly as in the Moulton editions, however typing errors introduced by this web author cannot be ruled out; location interpretation from variety of sources, including this website author.
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