* 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.
Wahkeena Falls on the Columbia River
Highway, Oregon. Photo postcard by Cross and Dimmitt. ca. 1916.
falls is without a doubt in some ways the most beautiful of the many falls along
the Highway, and in fact, means “most beautiful” in the Yakima Indian language.
The falls is a series of alternating vertical drops and rushing cascades, in
total height, 242 feet. As much as the nature of the falls itself, is character
and charm given to the place by the towering rock cliffs from high up between
which in a niche of its own making, the whitened stream suddenly leaps into
view. The falls is right on the highway, but the viewing bridge takes a little
hike to get to, highly recommended and described below.
Wahkeena has at least two distinguishing features:
main falls is fan-shaped and there is a series of cascades above and below it.
ØThere's an easy walk up to a
viewing bridge across the creek, which offers a spectacular view. (Release Agreement is Required to hike on any trails)
Wahkeena trail climbs to 900 ft. for a
spectacular view of the Columbia River from Lemmon's Viewpoint (hike optional), described by Rudyard Kipling as “penned
between gigantic stone walls crowned with the ruined bastions of oriental
palaces.” (Release Agreement is required to hike on any trails)
from rain forest to desert and from sea-level to mountains, Gorge ecosystems
provide a wide range of habitat for plants & animals. The Wahkeena falls
watershed is just 1 example of a unique Gorge ecosystem.
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