Columia River Gorge Waterfalls and Mt. Hood Tour
Waterfalls & Volcanoes
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Follow the path of an ancient riverbed, carved by the last Ice Age, past the Bridge of the Gods, and sample craft beers in the Windsurfing Capitol of the World. And that's just the first half of the tour. In the afternoon, traverse Oregon's fertile fruit valley on the way to the alpine top of a volcano, which happens to be the world's 2nd most climbed mountain in the world. Come along on this whirlwind journey to experience Oregon's wonders.

Please note, this public tour is available only April 1 through October 31 due to weather restrictions.

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  • Columbia River Gorge Vista House
    Vista house
  • Columbia River Gorge waterfalls
  • Hood River, Oregon
    Hood river
  • Fruit Loop in Hood River, Oregon
    Fruit loop farms
  • Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood in Oregon
    timberline lodge

This is a full day tour, typically offered from 9AM to 4:30PM. Please note, the tour route and sights may vary depending on the time of year and weather conditions. It is always our goal to provide you with the most interesting adventure possible.

The pick-up and drop-off location will be in Director Park in downtown Portland. This location is easily accessible via the public transit system (MAX line, street car and bus) and is also within walking distance of most downtown hotels. If you are arriving by car, there are convenient public parking garages nearby.

We offer complimentary pick-up and drop-off from over 20 downtown hotels. Please select your hotel from the drop down list when making your reservation and we will contact you the day before the tour to confirm pick up timing.

Typical Itinerary:

We will depart downtown Portland and head east along the Columbia River to Troutdale, also known as the Gateway to the Gorge! There, we will join the beautiful Historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned scenic roadway in the United States, and wind our way to our first stop for the day: Crowne Point. 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! There we will find 180 degree amazing views of the Columbia River Gorge and will also have time to explore the Vista House, an intricately designed observatory and museum that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

From there we will again join the historic highway as we drive deeper into the Columbia River National Scenic Area. Our first waterfall for the day will be the dramatic Latourell Falls, plunging 249 feet over a massive wall of columnar basalt! Our next waterfall will be Wahkeena Falls, said to be the most scenic waterfall along the historic highway (probably due to its spectacular alluvial fan)! Wahkeena Falls crashes over 242 feet and is complimented by an ornate stone bridge. Depending on the season, a short .25 mile paved trail hike will be led to get closer to the falls at one of these first two waterfalls.

The next waterfall we will visit will be the grand Multnomah Falls, the highest waterfall in Oregon and second highest in the nation! Here we 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. This natural wonder plummets 620 feet in two major steps, accented by the Benson Bridge. Our guests will have the option to admire the falls from the easily accessible viewing platform, or journey on another short .25 mile paved hike to the famous bridge.

We will drive by the world famous Oneonta Gorge as we make our way to the last waterfall for the day, Horsetail Falls. This striking 176 foot waterfall gets its name from its shape, which resembles a horse's tail. From here we will make our way to Hood River, also known as the Windsurfing Capitol of the World, where we will pause for an hour. You will have a chance to explore the town and eat lunch. Following lunch, we will set out again, this time heading south, through the picturesque Fruit Loop orchards and lavender farms. If time permits, we will make a brief stop at one of the fruit stands!

From there we will wind our way to Timberline Lodge, a National Historic, which sits at 6,000 feet elevation on impressive Mt. Hood! We'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).

What about lunch? Is it included? Lunch is not included in the tour price. We will pause for an hour inHood River where you will have a chance to explore and eat lunch. Complimentary snacks and refreshments will be available throughout the tour.

What should I wear? Oregon's weather, although very temperate, can sometimes be unpredictable. bringing along a rain jacket and wearing multiple layers is typically the best option for almost anywhere in Oregon. Umbrellas will be provided during the tour. Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are highly recommended.

What kind of vehicle will we be traveling in? We will be exploring in a large van. This luxury vehicle comes with an extra tall roof so that everyone feels comfortable and not cramped. There are oversized windows to allow for the best visibility for our guests!

How many fellow travelers should I expect on my tour? We generally prefer to limit our group size to 12 travelers to ensure that everyone is comfortable and relaxed. Throughout the high travel season, one can expect tour group sizes to be around 6 to 12 people. During the rest of the year, group sizes can typically range from 2 to 8.

We will be driving for a while, what are the bathroom options? We have tried to outline the driving times in the Itinerary tab. Bathroom options will be available at all of the planned stops. Let's plan to use the breaks to take care of any bathroom needs, but no worries, if the need arises, we can find a convenient place to stop.

What if I've made a reservation, but can't make it? Is a refund available? Please read the full Terms and Conditions here.