Angel Falls is a low-volume but prominent watefall on the West Fork of Covell Creek. The forks of Covell Creek cascade off the northeast side of Burley Mountain, and at about the 2200 foot level, both forks of the creek intersect a band of basalt which produces very scenic waterfalls. Angel Falls is the most prominent of the two falls along this cliffband, veiling about 150 feet over a mossy exposure of the basalt. Later in the season, the moss of the cliff absorbs most of the water until nearly the base of the falls, creating a somewhat surreal look to the falls. The falls are gorgeous when the creek is running, but in the late summer, there is not much more water than a garden hose can offer up. When there is enough water, you may even be able to shower in the falls if you want. Because the trail crosses the creek immediately at the falls' base, there is a significant amount of foreshortening levied against the falls.
- Angel Falls is the Official name of this waterfall.
The origin of this name hasn't been confirmed. I suspect it was derived from the fact that Covell Creek Falls, shortly downstream from here, has also been known as Phantom Falls, so the name of Angel Falls was applied to this waterfall as a contrast. If this is the case, the falls were named well. Angel Falls is much more graceful, while Covell Creek (Phantom) Falls is quite violent at times.
Angel Falls is located near Tower Rock in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest. From Randle, take SR 131 south towards Mt. St. Helens, then follow Forest Road 23 towards Trout Lake. Turn right onto FR 28, about 13 miles from Randle. Drive down FR 28 for 2 miles to just beyond the bridge across Yellowjacket Creek. Here FR 28 continues straight, but becomes gravel, take this - don't follow the pavement. Follow the gravel extension of FR 28 for about 2 miles to the Burley Mountain trailhead. The trail then climbs moderately up the hill for 1/2 mile to a junction. Keep left for another 1/4 mile to the base of Angel Falls, a total of 3/4 mile from the road.