* 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
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.
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
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
EMAIL US. If you have already made a reservation,
** 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.
Bridal Veil Falls isn't all that large
at 160 feet, but it's easy to
get to. Nature didn't provide a really good viewpoint, but the park staff has. The Bridal Veil Falls hike is a short hike from a
trailhead right off the Columbia River Highway to a majestic falls. It is a
favorite of tourists and families on summer weekends, but is pretty quiet at
other times. This trail starts from the east end of the lot as a flat, paved
trail. Soon, it changes to gravel and works it way down in one long switchback
to Bridal Veil Creek. There's a staircase down the side of the valley and a
beautiful wooden arch bridge over the creek. The trail then climbs to a wooden
lookout with a view of the Falls, plunging twice in a wide steep slide.
This watercourse ran near-dry for decades as a
neighboring lumber mill diverted the water. Now the mill is a memory and Bridal
Veil Falls has returned. Many, many names and hearts are carved here in the
handrails of the lookout.
Approaching the falls, the trail runs alongside Bridal
Veil creek. View
the Shepperd's Dell, Latourelle Falls and Bridal Veil Falls Video.
Bridal Veil Loop Hike
1/2 mile long Bridal Veil Overlook trail on the bluff above Bridal Veil Falls
loops along the basalts and is a great place to overlook the Columbia River and
see such features as Cape Horn and Cape Horn Landing, Crown Point, Phoca Rock,
the remnants of the Pillars of Hercules, and Sand
upper trail at the Bridal Veil Overlook traverses the cliff overlooking the
Columbia River Gorge, leading to great views of
the Columbia. Native wild plants such as camas,
lupine, bead lilly, trillium and bleeding heart line both sides of the pathway
along the cliff. The Camas plant, a member of the lily family, was unknown to
science before the Lewis and Clark journey.
"Cape Horn is a massive
basalt cliff outcrop located on the Washington
side of the Columbia River...also called Gibralter. This is a strange handiwork
of nature, composed of solid rock of apparent bark formation, rising abruptly
from the water's edge, and so peculiarly erected on a base of perpendicular
square rocks, as to have the appearance of piling. These rocks are at the upper
portion surrounded by cone-shaped pillars known as the Needles.
Cape Horn rises to a height of from 500 to 2,500 feet, and In one
of those peculiar formations, at which the sight seer can only express wonder.
..." [Jenson, May 13, 1895]
Hikers in the park can check out the
Bridal Veil Loop Hike, as well. This is another
of those super short hikes. Still, it makes a great stroll for kids or the
elderly and anyone else. This paved, all access trail circles the top of a
bluff in Bridal Veil park. There are beautiful views of the river, as well as a
good look at the transportation routes in the area and Cape Horn* in the
background. Numerous historic markers explain the history, geology and plant
life of the area. Fragile camas plants (above) bloom here in April. Hikers in
the park should check out the Bridal Veil Falls Hike, as well.
In the wet months watch for several long ribbons of
water cascading down the Cape Horn bluffs across in the Columbia River in
* Cape Horn is
a massive basalt cliff outcrop. Just off of Cape Horn is Phoca Rock
(middle right), so named by Lewis & Clark after the many seals they saw there.
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