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/Wahkeena Falls Viewing Bridge

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Wahkeena Falls & Viewing Bridge

Wahkeena Falls on the Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Photo postcard by Cross and Dimmitt. ca. 1916.

 

Falls Description

Wah-Kee-Na 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.

Viewing Bridge Hike:

  • Hike Type: Out and Back

  • Type: tiered, cascade & fan

  • Distance: 1/2 mile RT  0.966 km

  • Elevation gain: 100 feet

  • Difficulty: Easy-Moderate

  • Seasons: all

  • Family Friendly: yes

  • Crowded: maybe

Wahkeena has at least two distinguishing features:

Ø     The main falls is fan-shaped and there is a series of cascades above and below it.

Ø     There'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)

Stretching 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.

photo courtesy of TravelPortland and:  http://www.historicphotoarchive.com/loc/gorge.html

* Wikipedia GNU Free Documentation License applies

photo courtesy of http://www.columbiariverhighway.com 

           
 

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