The Classic Columbia River Gorge Tour

Columbia River Gorge Itineraries

STANDARD TOUR INCLUSIONS/OPTIONS*

EXTENDED TOUR OPTIONS/ADDITIONS*

4 hours

Classic Standard Tour - ½ day

5-6 hours

Classic Standard Tour with ¾ day options

7-8 hours

Classic Standard Tour with full-day options

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* Latourell & Multnomah Falls (viewing bridges) hikes are typically automatically included in your tour itinerary.  Wahkeena (viewing bridge) & Bridal Veil Falls hikes are often included in the itinerary, and are recommended. These are short hikes (15-30 minutes RT max.). All other hikes ('extended hikes') are an option and must be pre-arranged before your tour; otherwise they are not an option. NOTE: All hikes are self-guided hikes and are optional; including the standard hikes, where your driver/guide will not be accompanying your group. To add the Bonneville Dam, please notify us or your tour guide ahead of time; the 5-6 hour tour option may apply. You do not have to participate in any hike as views of all of the standard falls (except Bridal Veil) are all had without hiking.

A Trailhead Release Agreement form is required from your group (see below *) to hike on any optional/extended hike.  This does not apply with the standard (viewing bridge) hikes. Be prepared for inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, ice, wind etc.) during winter time tours.  Be prepared for rainy weather during summer time tours, and dress appropriately.

* ALL HIKES ARE SOLO 'SELF-SERVICE' HIKES; your driver and/or tour guide WILL NOT be accompanying your group on your hike due to Forest Service regulations. While we consider our extended hikes to be completely safe; in wilderness areas, possible wilderness dangers are always present, including Falling—Please stay on the maintained trail. A Trailhead Release Agreement form exonerating My Chauffeur of any responsibility on the trails will be required for your tour.  Hikes are not recommended for children or pets. Trails are typically not near restrooms or running water, so you should plan on carrying your own water supply. Cliff sections (if applicable) are exposed, so anyone subject to vertigo should proceed carefully, and turn back if the first set of cliffs are uncomfortable...  If you have any apprehensions about nature hiking and/or nature areas, you should not do the extended hikes. The trail surfaces are often rocky and uneven, and anything less than a good pair of hiking shoes or boots is not adequate. Also keep in mind that the Columbia Gorge is home to poison oak, and it grows along some sections of the some trails. If you're susceptible to it, keep an eye out in sunny, open cliff-tops and open oak forests. Long pants are a good idea is you're particularly sensitive.

We are here to help plan your Gorge tour, answer questions and/or make suggestions.  Give us a call at 503-969-4370 (toll-free 1-877-692-4283) or EMAIL US.  If you have already made a reservation, contact your personal concierge.

** The options of Bonneville Dam and Upper Horsetail Falls require more time than our standard stops.  Please notify your guide ahead of time to be able to accommodate this in your schedule (we will drop out other stops) unless you want to extend your tour to the 5-6 hour option.

*** Mt. Hood tour option is between 8-10 hours long.

Beacon Rock by Marbach - resized larger.jpgBEACON ROCK — (you can view Beacon Rock from afar at Vista House or just east of Multnomah Falls on the Old Highway or at the intersection of the Old Highway and I-84 near Horsetail Falls)

Beacon Rock is a 848’ high remnant core of an ancient volcano. The ice-age floods through the Gorge eroded the softer material away, leaving this unique geological structure standing by itself on the banks of the Columbia River.  It is composed of basaltic andesite, and has been eroding for thousands of years.  "Beacon Rock" was originally named by Lewis and Clark on their expedition to the Pacific Ocean on October 31, 1805. It was near Beacon Rock that they first measured tidal influences from the ocean on the Columbia River. In 1811, Alexander Ross of the John Jacob Astor expedition called the rock "Inoshoack Castle." The rock was known as "Castle Rock" until, in 1916, the United States Board of Geographic Names restored the name "Beacon Rock.".  No record exists of an ascent up the rock prior to 1901.  Henry J. Biddle purchased the rock in order to build a trail to the top, and was completed in 1918 after working on it for 2 years. It is the largest freestanding monolith in the US, and the 2nd largest in the world, after Gibraltar. 

Hike to the Top

Looking for a little adventure, hike to the top of the 2nd largest rock in the world!  The challenging hiking trail (easy-moderate) is just under 1 mile with steep switchbacks and offers some of the most panoramic views of the Gorge.  The grade is surprisingly gentle, with plenty of places to catch your breath and enjoy a view. With little shade or water, part of the trail can be really hot in the summertime. Bring water or drink plenty before you go.  Hike will take about 1 hour.  The hiking trail to the top of Beacon Rock is open year round. 

There is also a small lake visible in the meadows at western edge of the rock. This is Riddell Lake, accessible via a wide trailhead at the picnic area at the base of Beacon Rock. It's a nice option for folks who might not want to venture up to the summit, since it offers an interesting southern view of the monolith but beware of bugs! Roundtrip to the lake is less than half a mile.

Maximum 47 persons. A Trailhead Release Agreement form is required from your group.  Be prepared for inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, etc.) during winter time tours.  Be prepared for rainy weather during summer time tours, and dress appropriately.

Washington State's Discover Pass is required to park the car here: $10 per day. Non-compliance can — and frequently does — result in a $99 ticket.

           
 

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