Half-Day Columbia River Gorge and Waterfall Hiking Tour


4 hours
Free cancellation
1 - 15
Mobile ticket

Overview

The 80 miles of the Columbia River Gorge’s steep rocky sides offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world: pounding waterfalls, eagles, century-old trees, ferns, flowers, ancient rocks. This half-day of exploring and meditating on wonders with very short hikes and visits to overlooks and vistas will have you gasping in awe.

We'll visit waterfalls and overlooks, selected by our guides to include both the most iconic, like the unmissable Latourell Falls, a stunning plunge-style falls that is one of the most iconic in Oregon, and the special. Depending on weather conditions, this could include a few small hidden waterfalls and another spectacular plunge-style falls with columnar basalt.

We'll also tell you stories, not just of the geology and botany and the oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and animal spirits and the Beaver princess tragically turned into a waterfall.

Description

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

After meeting you at the starting point, 833 SE Main Street #121, we'll head out in one of our comfortable vans. The tour all takes place in the Columbia River Gorge, in the waterfall-laden western end of an 80-mile (130-km) canyon.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Multnomah Falls, Interstate 84, Troutdale, OR 97014

Multnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state and one of the most impressive, and most photographed, waterfalls in the U.S. If you're chasing waterfalls: this is the one many are seeking to catch.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Latourell Falls, Guy W. Talbot State Park., Corbett, OR

Latourell is the most impressive of the plunge-style waterfalls, tumbling over layers of 15 million-year-old columnar and entablature basalt frosted with lichens and, according to local legend, carries the spirit of a Beaver princess who led a tragic life. At Latourell, you'll have the opportunity for a longer hike, up to 2 miles or 3 km. Breathe deep: you'll experience the rich variety of the forest with all its healing power and spiritual truths.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Vista House, 40700 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019-9725

**Vista House is currently open limited hours! If it is closed, we will stop to take photos of this architectural icon and see the view.**

At the most beautiful rest stop in Oregon, we'll stop, take a walk to the upper deck (weather permitting), learn about the architectural history, and enjoy what could be the most expensive public bathroom in the Pacific Northwest. We'll also remember the Wasco people, who found this one of their holy places.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, 39210 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019, USA

View an expansive vista of the Columbia River Gorge, take photos, and hear the story of who was here before us. We'll also tell you how the waterfalls were created. **Due to road closures we sometimes replace this stop with an alternative.**

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bridal Veil Falls State Park, Columbia River Scenic Highwy, Milepost 28, Corbett, OR 97019

This hidden waterfall is one of the state's most visited and most romantic. A 2/3 mile, 1km hike takes us down to the gorgeous spot that we believe is a genuine fairy land. **Due to weather or traffic conditions or road closures, this waterfall is sometimes replaced with an alternative!**

Duration: 30 minutes

Inclusions

  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water - We'll bring reusable bottles if you've left your own at home!
  • Snacks

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (always appreciated by our passionate guides!)

Additional information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infant seats available
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • COVID-19 vaccination required for guides
  • As mask mandates lift, masks are no longer required in the vehicles but may occasionally be required inside buildings and restrooms.

Ticket delivery

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Cancellation

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.

Cai81
May 2022

The tour and the views of cascading waterfall is spectacular! Two reasons why I took 2 stars off. First, our tour guide (Sarah) is behind her schedule even before the tour starts. We are always rushing every time we have to visit a different site. We didn’t really get a chance to enjoy the views...

Roberta_w
May 2022

Sarah was my guide and she was wonderful! She had all sorts of information and knowledge about the Gorges and the Falls so that it made it come to life for me….

Michael_N
May 2022

We had a wonderful tour guide, Carrie, who was so knowledgeable of the area sharing stories while easily acting like just another friend in our group. She was able to lead us to many beautiful areas that we likely would not have found on our own. She shared so much history and could name plants u...

Lisa_M
April 2022

Definitely worth the money to have someone who's knowledgeable of the area guide you. He was also very friendly and courteous.

Sebastian T
April 2022

These were the most beautiful waterfalls I have seen, and the guide was really nice, kind and pleasant. I really enjoyed this trip. Oregon is very pretty and way worth a visit.

Robert_A
April 2022

Great guide, Kari, was wonderful. Hike was not difficult and very balanced. Would highly recommend taking the tour.

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