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.

Columbia River Gorge Tour w/Multnomah Falls Viewing Bridge

Multnomah Falls, Lodge & Viewing Bridge – type: tiered & plunge

The queen of all American cataracts; the second largest year-round falls in America; the highest andLodge; Click to view 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.

Benson Viewing Bridge Hike:

  • Hike Type: Out and Back

  • Distance: 1/2 mile RT 0.966 km

  • Elevation gain: 50 feet

  • Difficulty: Easy

  • Seasons: all

  • Family Friendly: yes

  • Crowded: yes Mult. Falls Viaduct; Click to view

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).

The Multnomah Creek Bridge; Click to viewRapid 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.

 Multnomah Falls web site

Oregon State Archives, Secretary of State

           
 

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