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Columbia R. Gorge or Mt. Hood Loop Tour

Please look over the itinerary below and get back to us with any feedback or requests.

PLEASE NOTE: - Some of the stops/options below are closed (Horsetail Falls to Wahkeena Falls, not including Multnomah Falls) until Summer 2018. Contact us for additional information and options.

List of Sights*: (in this order or the reverse)

First you will travel to the Gorge along the route and see Horsetail Falls and maybe optional Ponytail Falls File:Upper Horsetail Falls.jpg where you'll walk behind the falls along the Old Road . Next is Oneonta Gorge and Oneonta Bridge/Tunnel . With brief intro's at each of our stops, as well as Oregon's Super-volcano& Super-floods ; we'll then proceed to Multnomah Falls & Viewing Bridge and Lodge Lodge; Click to view for refreshments/ lunch/ dinner*. Right next door is Wahkeena Falls/Viewing Bridge and historic Bridal Veil Lodge and post office (2nd smallest***) with short hikes to Bridal Veil Falls & Overlook** . After that at the 'Rendezvous of the Fairies' is Shepperd's Dell and bridge ; then historic Latourell (town of) & Latourell Falls and Crown Point/Vista House . Last stop is Chanticleer Point , one of the most spectacular views in the world!


* You'll visit all* of these stops and options if you choose the 6 hour tour option. Otherwise you'll visit many or most of them with the 4 or 5 hour tour options. Restaurant stops typically require additional time to your chosen tour length, please inquire.

P.S. - 'Must Stops' must be communicated to us, otherwise we may not go there.

*The # of stops/options is not guaranteed with any length tour and is influenced by your group size, groups pace and other factors and may be greater or lower than the indicated amount. We get to as many stops as possible within your tour's hourly length.

**2 separate short hikes (2/3rds and 1/2 mile RT respectively), highly recommended. We recommend at least a 5 hour tour in order to fit in the Bridal Veil area.

***Save your post cards until you get to Bridal Veil post office (the nations 2nd smallest), buy your stamps here and have your mail sent with this unique mark. People from all over the world send their packages through the tiny Bridal Veil post office in quest of its coveted postmark. The office issues postmarks for more than 100,000 wedding invitations a year. Opens at 9 a.m. weekdays and closes at 3:30 p.m., and Bridal Veil Post Office is one of only a few post offices still open on Saturdays.


Add some of these options below to your 4-6 hour tour for a total of 6-10 hours...

  1. Many groups add the fascinating, historic Bonneville Dam/Fish HatcheryColumbia River & Bonneville Dam, Oregon. 1939with Herman the Sturgeon , the Bridge of the Gods and/or Sternwheeler Cruise on the Columbia .

  2. Add this easy 2 mile RT hike to the secret falls (CLOSED UNTIL SUMMER 2018) - "If we had to pick a spot that embodies almost everything that defines the Columbia R Gorge, this Creeks lower canyon is it, culminating with the secret falls, which almost no one knows about. This canyon is as fine a temple as nature can create... This is our most treasured place in the Gorge." Note: Your signature on a confidentiality (non-disclosure) agreement stating that you will not divulge the location of this secret location is required.

  3. Eats**: Stop at Multnomah Falls Lodge restaurant Lodge; Click to view (breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch or snack bar) or Tad's ($$$) for dinner ("OneTad's Chicken 'n Dumplins of the Last Original Roadhouses") - Historically, roadhouses is where travelers stopped for dinner and chicken was the most popular food served to tourists along the historic highway.  During the late 1920s Tad Johnson opened a roadhouse which has grown into a popular local restaurant still featuring food as prepared during the peak of the Historic Highway's popularity. Alternatively, Shirley's Tippy Canoe Bar & Grill ($$$) just down the road from Tad's is a great option- Historic 1940s landmark restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, another original roadhouse. 

  4. TRAVEL THE WEST END of the Historic Highway - Includes historic Troutdale, Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplings $$$ (Eat dinner at "One of the Last Original Roadhouses"), the Sandy Gorge, Stark Street Bridge, historic Springdale, Corbett, the historic Edgefield Manor & more...

  5. Ride the Sternwheeler - Sternwheeler Cruise on the Columbia River docks in Cascade Locks where you can enjoy 1-2 hour cruises.

To do 'all' of the options above ("Gorge in a ") would require 10-12 hours or multi-day.*

**Restaurant stops require pre-planning. Let us know ahead of time if you are interested in a restaurant stop. However, the Multnomah Falls snack bar does not require pre-planning.

*The # of stops/options is not guaranteed with any length tour and is influenced by your group size, groups pace and other factors and may be greater or lower than the indicated amount. We get to as many stops as possible within your tour's hourly length.

 

Click  HERE  for Gorge tour details/ more options.

Columbia R Gorge Tour in the Winter (pictures)


Mt. Hood Loop Tour

If you chose the Mt. Hood Loop tour (8-10 hours), then you'll first go to the above; then to the 'top' of Mt. Hood File:Mount Hood reflected in Mirror Lake, Oregon.jpg and your route will be this . Our destination will be Timberline Ski Lodge & Retreat (or in winter ). And for the adventurous; take the Magic Mile chairlift to Silcox Hut at 6,950 ft for the most fantastic view in Oregon (on clear days*).

** Wikipedia GNU Free Documentation License applies.

 

Click  HERE  for Mt. Hood tour details/options.

Timberline Lodge: (Check before you go!)

*Check today's weather conditions, webcams (visibility), the status of Magic Mile chairlift & more; 6-Day Weather Forecast

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Penny Postcard, Bishops Cap, Shepperds Dell, ca.1930
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Penny Postcard: Bishops Cap at Shepperd's Dell, ca.1930, "Bishop Cap at Shepperd's Dell, Columbia River Highway, Oregon". Caption on back reads: "Probably no scenic Highway in America, except the 338 mile long Oregon Coast Highway, offers such magnificent scenery in concentrated variety as that which borders the Columbia River highway in Oregon." Image Copyright Cross & Dimmitt. Published by Angelus Commercial Studio, Portland, Oregon. In the private collection of Lyn Topinka.

           

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