* 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.
At Multnomah Falls, there is a day
lodge (right), visitors center, gift shop, snack bar (veggie & turkey wraps,
hot dogs, pizza etc.), espresso bar (coffees, teas & fudge) &
restaurant. To visit the
Multnomah Falls restaurant,
please notify us ahead of time.
The queen of all American cataracts; the
second largest year-round falls in America; the highest and
grandest of the
numerous falls along the Columbia River Highway. There is a sheer fall of
six hundred feet from Larch Mtn. into a rock basin, and this is always a
boiling, seething cauldron. With its dense growth of ferns and shrubbery, it
is nature's symphony in water, rock and foliage. Multnomah Falls was created
when floodwaters incised the main canyon.
Benson Bridge at Multnomah Falls
Is a span of architectural beauty, clinging from chasm to chasm, permitting
one to observe the beautiful Falls of Multnomah plunging into the "Devil's
Punch Bowl". A miniature rainbow refreshes the memory of the observer as the
far-flung mist sparkles in the sunlight.
I love those old Columbia Highway bridges.
There are a lot of them left, and they aren't all the same -- there are
several different designs. They are all close to one hundred years old now.
Take a look at Multnomah Falls bridge (below left) and Multnomah Falls
viaduct (right; where rail, road & river meet).
Rapid uplift of this region over the last two
million years has forced the Columbia River to incise the Gorge we see
today. However side streams like Multnomah Creek, did not have the erosive
power of the Columbia and were left behind to plunge off the Gorge’s basalt
cliffs. Multnomah Falls is a “side effect” of the geologic origin of the
Gorge. The lodge offers visitors a place to relax and take in some
refreshments and dining. It was built in 1925 by the City of Portland.
Rangers are inside the visitors center to answer any questions. And there's
a gift shop.
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