Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mount Hood Tour
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Various Locations Columbia Gorge, OR
Offered by Wildwood Adventures. Follow the path of an ancient riverbed, carved by the last Ice Age, past the Bridge of the Gods, and explore the Windsurfing Capital of the World. In the afternoon, traverse Oregon’s fertile fruit valley on the way to the alpine top of a volcano, which boasts a title as the world’s second most summited mountain. Come along on this whirlwind journey to experience a selection of Oregon’s wonders.
This is a full day tour, typically offered from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always Wildwood's goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.
The tour will depart downtown Portland and head east along the Columbia River to Troutdale, known as the Gateway to the Gorge. You will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States, and wind your way to your first stop for the day: Crown Point Vista House. This famous overlook sits 733 feet above the Columbia River, atop the remains of a lava flow that swept through the Gorge around 14 to 17 million years ago! Here, you will find amazing 180 degree views of the Columbia River Gorge and explore the Vista House. An intricately designed observatory and museum, the Vista House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
From there, you will trsvel deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Your first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls which plunges 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt. Depending on the season, a short .25 mile paved trail hike will be led to get a closer view of the falls.
The next waterfall you will visit will be the grand Multnomah Falls. Plummeting 620 feet in two major steps, Multnomah Falls is the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation. Here, you will explore the Multnomah Falls Historic Lodge (a Cascadian style stone and timber lodge built in 1925) as well as the beautiful Multnomah Falls itself. During the gorge fire of 2017, the wildland fire crew fought tirelessly and ultimately saved this historic landmark. The easily accessible viewing platform offers a full view of the Benson Bridge and cascading falls beyond it.
Onward to Hood River, also known as the Windsurfing Capital of the World, where you will pause for an hour with a chance to explore the town and eat lunch. Following lunch, you will set out heading south, through the picturesque Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. If time permits, you may even make a brief stop at one of the farms' stands.
Continuing, the tour will wind its way up roughly 6,000 feet in elevation to Timberline Lodge. This National Historic Landmark sits proudly against Oregon’s highest peak, Mount Hood. Attracting over 10,000 climbers each year, Mount Hood is a mammoth to behold. You’ll go on a walking tour inside the lodge and enjoy the surrounding Cascade Mountain Range views from the lodge’s outdoor patios. If time allows, a short hike to the Pacific Crest Trail crossing just behind the lodge will be led by your guide.
After the full day of adventures, you will return to Portland (approximately 1.5-hour drive).