A great hike for shade and well-maintained trails with views of waterfalls and rock-faces, the Angel Falls Loop includes a stop by Covel Falls (or Curtain Falls). It is an ideal hike for starting out with a family or for taking during the winter months.
The hike departs from the Cispus Environmental Learning Center, which is open year-round for school and other groups. You can often acquire a trail map there or use the recommended Green Trails map.
The trail starts out climbing away from the road rather steeply, switchbacking up the hill to a junction a half-mile from the parking area. From here, signs may direct you to Angel Falls and Covell Creek Falls, but they'll likely simply say 'waterfall', rather than specify which one). Covel Creek is first, then Angel.
In the half-mile from the intersection to Covel Creek Falls, the trail skirts basalt cliffs of towering more than 200 feet above the trail. Occasionally these outcroppings overhang the trail, and brushes of ferns and mosses hang down above your head. Shading the trail on the downhill side is vine maple, and between the cliffs, ferns, mosses, and trees, this is a really pretty section of trail. An added bonus here is the old lava tube style caves.
Covell Creek Falls is a memorable destination. Here, the trail dives behind the wall of water, or in the case of the late summer, thin fountain-like streams coming down the 75 foot basalt face. The only full trailside views of the falls are on the far side of the creek, but the vegetation around the falls is fragile, so please refrain from departing the trail for a better photo.
Past Covel Creek falls, the trail climbs again, this time more steeply. The trail is typically well-maintained but rugged. That, combined with the steepness means you'll definitely want good shoes for this hike. After another half-mile of distance and 200 feet of climbing, the trail levels and splits. Here, it's possible to continue to Burley Mountain uphill, while Angel Falls lies downhill.
Head downhill for just a quarter mile, and find yourself at the base of 175-foot Angel Falls. In the right season, there will be a rather sizable stream, pleasantly skipping down the mossy rocks, but Angel Falls can be finicky -- in times of drought, there may be no falls at all!
When you've taken in all the nature you can, cross the stream below Angel Falls, then cross Covell Creek and begin the easy, flat quarter-mile trek to the first trail junction, and another half-mile downhill to the trailhead.
Angel Falls Loop
- 3.4 miles, roundtrip
- Elevation Gain
- 1,100 feet
- Highest Point
- 2,300 feet
Hiking Angel Falls Loop
Angel Falls Loop
Map & Directions
Co-ordinates: 46.4388, -121.8520 Open in Google Maps