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.

Latourelle Columbia River Gorge Tour w/to the top (& upper) of Latourelle Falls

Highlights: One great waterfall viewed from below & above, moderate hike in and out, beautiful trees & wildflowers

Near: Western Gorge, OR  

Type: Tiered

Scenery: Beautiful

Distance: 2.4 miles round trip

Elevation Gain: 520 ft

Hike Time: 1.5 hours

Difficulty: Easy for avid hikers. Moderate for beginners.

Trail Condition: Well maintained trail

Hike Type: Loop

Lowdown: 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.

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Latourelle 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.

NOTE: The 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.

Photo (c) Greg Lief

           

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