Simon Benson was a lumber magnate, philanthropist, and one of the principal promoters of the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway. Located one mile west of Multnomah Falls on I-84 at milepost 30 (eastbound access only), picnickers love this park; there's even a disc golf course and a reservable shelter for groups. Free Fishing Day is an annual event around the first weekend of June (call 1-800-551-6949 for details). Anyone can bring their own pole (or use equipment provided) to try their luck catching some of the thousands of rainbow trout stocked each month into the lake between March and October. This is a non-motorboat lake, so it's perfect for rowboats and swimmers.
Went on 11/03/16. Fall color finished peaking a week or 2 prior. Lots of recent rain made the waterfalls along this route quite spectacular. Some brief views of Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams as you ascend. Most of the hike is in closed canopy forest with some fairly large Doulas Fir scattered along the entire circuit. Get ready for how cool it is that Wahkeena Springs magically emerges right out of the ground. Most of the poison oak seems to be along the first mile or so. Remember to pack it out and stay safe.
Having missed the trail to Devil's Rest from the Angel's Rest hike, I decided to do it from Wahkena Falls. As others have pointed out, there isn't much reason to do Devil's Rest other than to say you did it. It is a nice climb through the woods with not much in the way of viewpoints. I went back via Larch Mountain Trail to Multnomah Falls and picked up an extra few falls that way. It was a fantastic day until I hit the crowds on the last mile to Multnomah Falls.
it's an OK training hike the switch backs in the beginning will turn around some people but once past that it's just a walk in the forest the views are slim here and devils rest is just a bunch of rocks so stop and eat and head back down
As others have reported there is no view at Devil’s Rest only a collect of large boulders set among trees. If you what to extend to full day hike continue passed the Rest down Foxglove trail to Angles Rest and back to Wahkeena Falls by way of the Angles Rest trail (trail # 415). At least this will give you a full day loop.
Great hike but never go to Devils Rest there's nothing to see, no overlook, just hoards of overgrown Devils clubs, and other thorns. I think there was a guy living up there on the back half, he may have been on something or a pirate.
The worst thing was after you get lost for the ninth time you may meet the other local residence. Packs of wild dogs rule this area!!! We lost 2 good men up there, they were husbands, fathers, men of merit. You will be missed Gordon and Hunter, we will always remember your sacrifice.
Just stop after Wahkeena Falls! When you get to the sign that says devil's rest peak 1.6 TURN AROUND. There is NOTHING but a steep hike to nothing from there. Devil's Rest is just a rock someone left a garden gnome and some geo caching stuff at. That's it. If you do go up to Devil's Rest, for the love of God do not continue on and try to come out any other way than turning around and going back the way you came. The trails after that are not maintained and full of salmon berry briars. Not fun. But the falls? GORGEOUS. However, you've been warned.
Started out so lovely, with views of the falls, hiking up to Fairy Falls. Got to the clearing where the crowd thins out considerably, decided hey, why not get to the top of devils rest - miles in and we're wondering if this was a trick of the devil. Some interesting view points - walked through some fog/clouds - very cool. I'd say it wasn't quite worth making it to the top except to say we did it (hooray!). If you're only looking for views - you'll get a few, stop there and turn around, there is no view at the rest except lovely moss covered rocks. We were unsure if that was it as it was unmarked. We continued walking around and ventured off trail and it was unruly, turned around and triumphantly declared the moss covered boulders were it.
we started at the lodge and hiked over to wahkeena falls and continued up to devils rest. was quite the hike for the two of us since we're novice hikers but had a ton of fun. not sure I would hike it again but the fact we gained that elevation and made it was rewarding
Did Wahkeena to Devil's Rest as part of a larger loop yesterday (3/1/14), by way of Angel's Rest. I had never hiked these trails previously so had no idea what to expect, and was not disappointed in any way. The trails were in surprisingly good shape for mid-winter and aside from some snow drifts across the trail here and there (most notably in the Multnomah Creek canyon), there were really no navignational challenges to speak of. The weather was crap, outside temp right about 30 with a good solid 20-30 knot wind I would say, so wind chill probably below 20 degrees, but properly geared that's not really a big deal. The payback for dealing with the weather is having the trail literally to yourself. Once I cleared the tourist pavement, I saw exactly 3 other people up on the mountain all day long, including one lovely woman running the trail (would like to meet her!). Not much for views because of the cloud cover, but all in all a great trail that I would recommend. Please see the link I provided for a trail log of the entire loop. Cheers!