* Latourelle & Multnomah
Falls (viewing bridges) hikes are automatically included
in your tour itinerary. Wahkeena & Bridal Veil Falls viewing
bridge hikes are often included in the itinerary, and are an
option if you notify us ahead of time or your tour guide at the beginning of your tour.
All other hikes an option and must be pre-arranged before your tour;
otherwise they are not an option. 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 most of the the falls are all
had without hiking.
** Mt. Hood tour option is
about 8-10 hours long.
Trailhead Release Agreement
form is required from each member of
the group (see below *) to hike on any hike, including the standard hikes and
optional hikes. Be prepared for inclement
weather (rain, snow, cold, wind etc.) during winter time tours. Be prepared for rainy weather during summer time tours.
* ALL HIKES ARE SOLO 'SELF-SERVICE' HIKES;
your driver and/or tour guide WILL NOT be accompanying you on your hike. While we
consider our recommended hikes to be completely safe; in wilderness areas, possible
wilderness dangers are always present—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 running water, you should plan on carrying
your own 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 this hike. 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 Classic Columbia River
Words fail many travelers who drive the
exquisite Historic Columbia River Highway. Every twist and turn brings a new treasure, from majestic waterfalls to astounding
views from the tops of cliffs over 900 feet above the river. During the
spring, the Gorge area erupts into magnificent wildflower displays,
including many plants that only exist in this area.
* You may view
the Shepperd's Dell, Latourelle Falls & Bridal Veil Falls Video
HERE or the Columbia River Gorge Scenic
Historic Highway video
Eat, Play and Stay:
There are lots of things you can do with your standard tour;
customize this tour with additions or other
Crown Point Vista House
(above) was built between 1916-1918 by Multnomah
County as a comfort station and scenic wayside for those traveling on the
Historic Columbia River Highway, which had been completed in 1913. It is
also a memorial to Oregon pioneers. It was formally dedicated on May 5th,
Falls is the second highest year-round waterfall in the nation. The
water of the Falls drops 620 feet from its origin on Larch Mountain.
Unusually cold weather can turn this plummeting falls into a frozen icesicle,
with a few drops falling to the bottom. The frozen falls is a sight to
behold. Your tour guide will discuss all of these sights, point out
native wildlife, plus some general
information about the Gorge to let you know 'Where did this place come
from?', with ice age
Glacial Lake Missoula & the Missoula Floods
and its affect on the Gorge's formation.
Lewis & Clark's Corp of Discovery
passed by all these places. Extended stops (30 - 45 minutes each) at 2
of these locations is possible. Bring sturdy shoes so you can walk the
trails, if desired. This is the
classic Oregon Scenic Tour.
Columbia River is confined to a gap about sixty yards wide at the
entrance to the Long Narrows, shown here in 1882. The future
site of the Vista House on Crown Point is to the far left.
Carleton Watkins, photographer, OHS neg., OrHi 21646
This painting (same view as
above but from the opposite direction) gives a hint of the awesome
force and volume of the Ice Age Floods. It shows the first rush of a
Missoula Flood coming into the Long Narrows and lower Columbia River
Gorge. The speed of the floods approached 60 mph through the Gorge.
Beacon Rock is in the far distance, with the viewer standing behind
Crown Point in the right foreground. At maximum flow, the largest of
the floods filled the Gorge, overtopping Crown Point.
When Glacial Lake
Missoula burst, this was the narrowest constriction all along its
route from Montana, where all 500 cubic miles of water were forced
between these tall cliffs only 1.5 miles apart. Like a jet of water
exiting a nozzle, the flow accelerated from the Long Narrows opening,
reaching speeds of 80 miles an hour before slowing and spreading out
over the Portland Basin.
THE COLUMBIA RIVER HISTORIC HIGHWAY
BEGAN AS THE DREAM
of visionary Samuel Hill and engineer Samuel Lancaster.It
became known as a poem in stone, the first scenic highway in America, the
first major paved road in the Northwest: 73 miles of highway, three tunnels,
18 bridges, seven viaducts and two footbridges. Teddy Roosevelt called
it the most remarkable feat of engineering of its time. When the
highway opened in 1916, the Illustrated London News called it "the best of
all great highways in the world, glorified! It is the king of
By 1922, the Columbia River Highway
went along a route purposely designed to twist and turn, showing of what
Roosevelt called its "unequaled scenic grandeur."
the early 1900s, drivers
stopped their Model T's in the middle of the road
to admire the scenery including Horsetail Falls (left) & Multnomah
Falls (right). Now
visitors park across the highway and dodge passing cars to enjoy the view.
In 1913 highway engineer Samuel Lancaster wrote: "Our first order of
business was to find the beauty spots, of those points where the most
beautiful things along the line might be seen in the best advantage, and if
possible to locate the road in such a way as to reach them."
Highway engineer Samuel Lancaster
thought the land atop the 733-foot cliff at Crown Point was an ideal
vantage point for travelers to see both up and down the Columbia River "in
silent communion with the infinite." Portland architect Edgar Lazarus,
who designed the Vista House observatory, said "the pavilion with its
outline against the sky will recall the ancient and mystic Thor's Crown for
which the point (then called Thor's Crown) was originally named."
During construction of the highway, the name was changed to Crown Point.
More about the Columbia River Highway.
Trailhead Release Agreement
form is required from each member of the group if you plan on taking any
extended hike not included in the basic itinerary, described above. If
you choose to take any extended hike, whether short or long, this form will
be required from
all group members who participate. The chauffeur/tour guide will
not be allowed to accompany your group on any hike. Be prepared
for inclement weather (rain, snow, cold, etc.).
Any trail hike beyond what is described above is outside the
parameters of our tour and is at your own risk. Children must be
supervised on any trail at all times. You must notify our staff if you
are planning on hiking in any areas beyond what is described above as the
Trailhead Release Agreement
Any digression from the scheduled itinerary described above without
notifying staff is unacceptable and will result in the immediate termination
of your tour with no refund.
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