This Google Earth shows you where the hike takes you on top of the gorge. (Click photo to enlarge)
Angel's Rest from Google Earth
The drive out was one of the windiest in memory. You can see in the next photo the whitecaps in the Columbia river. The wind was whipping water off the wave tops where they would drift as gossamer rainbows in the afternoon sun.
The hike is about 2 1/2 miles and winds up through the trees. At first the wind wasn't too apparent.
Near the top though the gusts were reaching 40 miles per hour. Dead trees were swaying from side to side leaving me wondering if they would snap. The wind created an…