* 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.
Difficulty: Easy for avid hikers. Moderate for beginners.
Trail Condition: Well maintained trail
Hike Type: Loop
The hike up to the upper falls is quite steep and can
get rocky. Its pretty easy for the avid hiker but it can get a little tough
for older patrons or people with knee/ankle problems. Beautiful falls at the
top tho! Did the loop with people who aren't hikers and they loved it. This
trail is a nice challenge for beginners.
Falls is the closest of the Columbia Gorge waterfalls to Portland. The first
stop is an easily accessible viewpoint of the lower falls, just up from the
Latourelle Falls Trailhead. For a view from above the falls, climb the trail
to the left of the base. To continue on to Upper Latourelle Falls, take the
shortcut down and over a log bridge, or continue on the trail along the
creek, crossing four wooden bridges. Upper Latourelle Falls is two-tiered,
although the top half is somewhat obscured. The trail is a loop, crossing
the creek at the Upper Falls base, and then following the creek back toward
the highway. Crossing the highway, a set of stairs takes you down toward Guy
Talbot Park. From the picnic area, take the paved trail under the highway to
return to the lower falls.
lovely view from the bench just above the log bridge should be enjoyed from
behind the cable, as winds in the Gorge can be quite gusty.
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.
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