* 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.
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
* 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,
** 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.
is a narrow steep gorge leading back into the hills for about a mile; the sides
imbedded with 50 species of ferns, plants and wild flowers. Along its course
runs a silvery stream, fed from a beautiful water-fall. The old bridge is part
of the original highway which carried motorists over this bridge and through
Oneonta tunnel. The bluff is solid basalt rock which was tunneled to
permit the roadway to parallel the railroad in continuing the Columbia River
Highway without bridging the railroad or climbing the steep grades. The bluff
gives the impression of the one-time flood waters that washed over the mountains
in the ice-age geological period. The route was changed and the tunnel
filled with debris during the 1940s when it became hazardous for larger cars and
trucks.The tunnel was rebuilt & reopened in 2003 for foot and bicycle
Here the stream has sliced through 200 feet
and 25 million years of great basalt flows. Ask your guide about the
prehistoric "tombs" inside the gorge. Imagine that the falls were once at about
the location of the highway before it receded and formed the gorge,
demonstrating that things are still and always changing in the gorge, albeit
very slowly. Evidence of the constant erosion and mud slides characteristic of
the relative unstable nature of the gorge can be seen throughout this area.
The falls is one of the most spectacular in the whole Columbia River Gorge.
There’s the narrow passageway into the main part of Oneonta Gorge (If you want
to see the falls and you don't mind wading knee high in cool water, bring your
rubber boots or waders or an extra pair of sneakers to hike through the stream
to the falls about 1000 feet from the highway.
Hike to Oneonta Falls(5-6 hour + tour
- For the adventuresome - Oneonta Creek runs through the gorge. There are
four major waterfalls on the creek: Upper, Middle, Lower and Triple Falls.
Lower Oneonta Falls (type:
seen below) can only be seen by walking through water (bring rubber boots
or extra pair of socks & shoes**) upstream from the creek's outlet at
the Historic Columbia River Highway. To get to a vantage point where the entire
lower falls is visible requires wading through water for about 1000 feet that in
some places can be chest-deep but usually no higher than knee-deep, depending on
the season and the relative amount of snow-melt. The reward for this refreshing
journey will be a gorgeous view of the falls plummeting 100 feet into a crystal
clear pool; seen below.
The upper falls are about 1 mile upstream from the middle falls and require
scrambling up the creek or climbing down a canyon wall to view. The fourth falls
which is "Triple falls" can be seen from a vantage point on the upper trails in
the canyon. For the adventurous, a hike to the lower falls is an option.
Oneonta Tunnel on the
Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Photo postcard by Cross and Dimmitt.
We'll walk across the
Oneonta Bridge to view beautiful Oneonta Gorge; the bridge is one of two
nearly identical reinforced concrete girder trestles on the Historic
Columbia River Highway (the other being Horsetail Falls Bridge) and one of
four extant structures on the route that have a distinctive cap and arch
concrete guard rail system.
** If you choose to hike Oneonta Gorge, do
so at your own risk. Storms in the late 1990's washed fallen trees downstream,
creating a large log jam near the mouth of the gorge. Climbing over the log jam
to access the deeper parts of the gorge should only be done at your own risk,
with the understanding that nature is precarious at best. 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.
The Oneonta Tunnel,
with the railroad to the north (left image) and after bypassing
(right image), the railroad now out of view beyond the trees.
Lower Oneonta falls,
photographed in late summer.
Oneonta Gorge Creek Bridge on the Historic Columbia River Highway
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