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.

Columbia River Gorge Tour w/Bridal Veil Falls & Hike

Bridal Veil Falls

A short, paved trail (mostly) down to a beautiful waterfall. Great for families, elderly hikers or a quick hike.

  • Hike Type: Out and Back Bridal Veil Falls (Steve Hart)

  • Distance: 2/3 mile RT  0.966 km

  • Elevation gain: 70 feet

  • Difficulty: Easy/moderate

  • Waterfall Type: tier

  • Seasons: all

  • Family Friendly: yes

  • Crowded: maybe

Hike Description

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

The 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 Island.

The 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]


  • Hike Type: Loop

  • Distance: 0.5 miles loop (0.805 km)

  • Elevation gain: None

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Seasons: all

  • Family Friendly: yes

  • Crowded: maybe

Hike Description

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 aCamas blooms in April (Steve Hart) 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 Washington.

* 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. 

Photo courtesy of Capehorntrail.org

           
 

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