The Classic Columbia River Gorge Tour

Columbia River Gorge Itineraries



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.

* While we consider our 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/Latourell Falls

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Columnar jointing in the basalt cliffs at Latourell Falls, Oregon. The basalt columns formed when thick lava flows cooled after emplacement.

Latourell (town of): Once a thriving logging town, party town and popular destination for Portlandites for its gay evenings; singing & dancing the nights away! Once boasting of 5 saloons, today the former vibrant community is now virtually a ghost town; no businesses and just a few residents & restored buildings.

  • See the:

    • Old Billiard Hall

    • Carriage Shed

    • Original Latourell House & Schoolhouse

    • Original saloon, cafe, post office & others

The Waterfall:

It is a miniature Niagara Falls (plunge falls) pouring over a steep bluff, as viewed from the original artistically designed bridge (below) that spans the highway from cliff to cliff.  Latourell Falls is a wonderful introduction to the many waterfalls along the Columbia River Gorge.

Latourell BridgeThe 249 foot high, 20 foot wide plunge type Falls cascades down a cliff on the north side of Pepper Mountain in giant steps. Entablature jointing, a distinctive pattern evident in the Columbia River basalt lava flows (CRBG, picture right), is very evident at this falls.  Stress, produced when lava cools and contracts, causes joints to form.  Columnar Basalt joints are found below the entablature.  They were formed perpendicular to the lower cooling surface and are beautiful prisms and columns. You can also see such jointing at Crown Point and Multnomah falls.  

The Yellow Lichen - A farmer, named Latourell, owned a boat dock on the river below the falls. He thought it would be a lucrative tourist attraction if he offered tours to the falls. To enhance their beauty, he brought in a fire truck and hosed down a part of the canyon wall so the falls could be seen better. The dirt washed down the creek and silted up his boat dock, so the whole venture was a bust. The area where the yellow lichen grows at the falls is where he hosed away part of the canyon wall.

Though you can view Latourell Falls from the highway, a short, paved, slightly downhill, path (wheelchair accessible) takes you to the Falls. You can walk clear down to the base & behind the falls, but you might get soaking wet, so stay up by the bridge. However, if you walk down to the base & behind Latourell, it is wet, wild, windy, wonderful, and worth it.Latourell Falls


  • Hike Type: Out and Back

  • Waterfall Type: plunge

  • Distance: 1/4 mile RT 0.966 km

  • Elevation gain: 20 feet

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Seasons: all

  • Family Friendly: yes

  • Crowded: maybe

Another paved path (also from the parking lot) takes you to a short walk to a viewpoint.  And if you continue on, a vantage point where you can not only view Latourell Falls from above but view the 100 foot tall Upper Latourell Falls. Both of these waterfalls drop in white, horsetail forms and are very picturesque. In winter the ice forms thickly and makes for beautiful pictures. Video - View the Shepperd's Dell, Latourell Falls and Bridal Veil Falls Video.

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