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