Lonely Planet Experiences: Small Group Scenic Waterfalls Tour with a Local Guide
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Grab your hiking shoes and join an expert local guide for an unforgettable tour of Columbia Gorge and its beautiful waterfalls. Just outside of Portland’s urban centre, a world of natural wonder awaits – one that you’ll have the chance to experience for yourself on a scenic hike that takes in not only the best of the gorge, but some off-the-beaten-path gems, too.
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What's included :
- Local English-speaking guide
- Transportation in comfortable Sprinter vans
- Trail mix provided
- Reusable water bottles provided
What's excluded :
- This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon
After meeting your local guide at the starting point, you’ll head out in a Mercedes Sprinter to Columbia River Gorge. The tour all takes place in the Columbia River Gorge, in the waterfall-laden western end of an 80-mile (130-km) canyon.
Duration: 4 hours
Stop At: Multnomah Falls, 53000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010
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. We'll stop at the falls for photos and the 1/4-mile (1/2 km) hike to the iconic Benson Bridge.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR
At Wahkeena Falls (meaning "most beautiful" in the Yakima language), you will have the opportunity to get within misting range of the waterfall, a 1/4-mile paved hike up through forests singed -- but not destroyed -- in the 2017 Columbia Gorge wildfires.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Latourell Falls, Guy W. Talbot State Park., Corbett, OR
Latourell is the most impressive of the plunge-style waterfalls. Breathe deep: you'll experience the rich variety of the forest with all of its healing power and spiritual truths. Based on group aptitude and trail conditions, guests may hike to the upper waterfall, 2 miles (3.5 kms) with about 600 feet / 200 m elevation gain.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Vista House, 40700 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Corbett, OR 97019-9725
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: 20 minutes
Stop At: Portland Women's Forum State Scenic Viewpoint, State Highway 30, Troutdale, OR 97060
View an expansive vista of the Columbia River Gorge, weather permitting, and take photos and hear the story of who was here before us. We'll also tell you how the waterfalls were created.
Duration: 10 minutes
Departure Point :1210 SE 7th Ave, Portland, OR 97214, USA
Departure Time :8:30 AM
Return Detail :Returns to original departure point
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- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats available
- Not recommended for travelers with back problems
- No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
- You will be in a small group of a maximum of 10 people.
- The short- to medium-length hikes to view waterfalls do include uneven terrain and elevation gain. The steepness of the trails and elevation gain will vary based on time of year and weather, as well as the aptitude of the group, but could include as much as 800 feet (250 meters) elevation gain.
- Weather conditions, maintenance, and other natural events can cause closures of roads, trails and historic structures. In these events, alternate itineraries will be offered. If advance notice is possible, guests will be notified of the change the day prior to their departure.
- This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 0 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour at the rate listed. Please inform us if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 7 so we can provide appropriate car seats. Some very small children may find the hiking difficult.
- Comfortable clothing/shoes for walking over uneven terrain are suggested. Most months of the year include the possibility of rain and mud. Outside of July and August, footwear that can handle occasional muddy trails and puddles is suggested; rain ponchos are available.
- Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
- On this tour of the Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area, you will be taking trails and pathways that are beyond what most visitors experience while here. In fact, about 30% of your time on the tour is on a trail that is used by fewer than 5% of the visitors to the Columbia River Gorge.
- The tour also supports the local communities by providing snacks from a locally-based purveyor, a small woman-owned business in Portland. In addition, if you choose to purchase something from the Vista House, which stocks a large variety of local craftspeople (including Native American craftspeople), proceeds go to the not-for-profit foundation that maintains the rest stop and historical site.
- This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
- All tours follow the latest local health authority advice, including mask usage and social distancing. Urban Adventures have received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which recognises companies that have adopted health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
- You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
- For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.