Learn the geology and history of one of America’s great gorges, from the rugged basalt cliffs to the great floods that helped shape it. Travel the Historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway, an engineering feat that was designed to promote the beauty of the Columbia River Gorge by showcasing the natural vistas, sheer cliffs, and its many beautiful waterfalls, including Multnomah Falls, the second highest year-round waterfall in the United States. Make sure to wear some comfortable walking shoes for short hikes to get to the best, up-close viewing locations.
Meeting PlaceWe will pick up your group up downtown or at a address you so desire.
Price$65.00 per person Monday-Thursday plus booking fee.
$80.00 per person. Friday-Sunday plus booking fee.
6 people minimum, maximum 20
Lunch OptionsMultnomah Fall lodge offers food and snacks, as does the Riverside in Cascade Locks.
THE WOMEN’S FORUM/CHANTICLEER POINT
The Women's Forum/Chanticleer Point is the first stop with a magnificent view of the Columbia River Gorge and Vista House at Crown Point. Learn about the forces of nature that shaped the gorge, from the rise of the Cascades to the great floods that formed the gorge we see today.
Vista House at Crown Point was built as a scenic rest stop on top of Thor’s Ridge. It offers breathtaking views of the Columbia River Gorge and houses an extensive collection of photos showing the construction of the Historic Columbia River Gorge Scenic Highway, the first completely navigable road through the gorge connecting The Dalles to Portland in 1916.
Latourell Falls, famous not only for the beautiful even spill of water over its 249 ft high basalt cliff, but for the fluorescent lichen that grows on the surrounding cliff faces. We will take a short hike to a viewpoint that overlooks the falls or take the slightly longer walk to the base of the falls to let the cool refreshing spray envelop you.
Visit the second highest year-round waterfall in the continental United States, 627 ft high Multnomah Falls, one of Oregon’s most beautiful and photographed waterfalls. The waterfall consists of two drops: the larger upper fall and the shorter lower fall which is spanned by an architecturally beautiful foot-bridge. From the base of the falls, it is a 10 minute walk up to the scenic bridge before returning to have lunch in the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge.
At 176 ft, Horsetail Falls is the third highest waterfall on the old highway. There will be an opportunity to get out and take some photos.
BONNEVILLE DAM AND FISH HATCHERY
This was the first dam built on the Columbia River and was dedicated in 1938. Visit the fish ladder and viewing room to watch salmon migrating up the river. At the hatchery, visit the salmon rearing ponds and the underwater viewing room to observe huge rainbow trout and enormous prehistoric sturgeon swimming about.
Indian lore has it that a natural bridge, Bridge of the Gods, once spanned the Columbia River at this location many centuries ago. Learn about the history behind the lore and of the plight of the pioneers who had to challenge the rapids that once existed here.