Oregon, USA

Columbia Gorge Hiking

DURATION

5 Days

PRICE

$2,898

LEVEL

All Levels

DAILY DISTANCE

5-7 Miles

INCLUDED ACTIVITIES

Hiking, River Rafting & Multnomah Falls

INCLUDED MEALS

All breakfasts. One lunch and one dinner on your own.

Discover and explore what we ultimately strive for in a cycling vacation–which is to simply “Pedal Happy”.

Bicycle Adventures hiking tours are now being operated by our sister company Evergreen Escapes, who specialize in hiking trips in the Pacific Northwest.

Truly one of the world’s mighty rivers, the Columbia is the largest in western North America. The New York Times describes the Columbia Gorge as being “like Europe, only better.” Hailed as one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders, the region’s fleece-capped mountain peaks, primeval forests, abundant wildflowers, and waterfall-streaked highlands evoke the Swiss Alps. Learn about the rich natural history of the region as we visit each of these diverse environments up close, including a whitewater rafting trip down a spectacular gorge. From Multnomah Falls to Hood River to Mount Hood, easy-to-reach trails abound, making this the ideal location for a hiking tour!

This tour is operated under special use permit/s with the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Columbia Gorge NSA and Mt Hood National Forest. Bicycle Adventures and Evergreen Escapes are equal opportunity providers.

Day 01

Hike a loop around world-famous Multnomah Falls!

Meals

– Dinner

Lodging

Skamania Lodge

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

7 miles

Elevation

1800 ft

Creeks and rivers rush forth from snow covered mountains and plummet down the towering cliffs of columnar basalt that form the walls of the Columbia River Gorge. If there’s one thing the Gorge is known for, it is spectacular waterfalls. After a short drive we start with a loop on the Oregon side of the river that takes in five named falls plus numerous other drops, concluding with the tallest – 620 foot Multnomah Falls – the most popular tourist destination in the state. Normally, you might spend half a day hiking to just one falls like any of these, so it almost feels like cheating – getting five falls for the price of one. But hey, who doesn’t love a bargain? In the afternoon cross over the Bridge of the Gods, where a massive landslide once spanned the river. Relax and dine this evening at Skamania Lodge – one of the premier hotels along the Gorge. No need to pack your bag in the morning, we will be here for two nights.

Day 02

Hike to Hamilton Mountain Ridge and descend into the rainforest.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Skamania Lodge

Ability Level

All Levels

Distance

7.5 miles

Elevation

2000 ft

Two great options to choose from today: ascend Hamilton Mountain or spend a day relaxing at the spa and wandering the lovely trails around Skamania Lodge. If you choose Hamilton Mountain , you will ascend through towering westside forests past waterfalls to wildflower-strewn meadows perched on parched, desert-like basalt cliffs. Instead of returning the way we came, we descend via a rainforest canyon of maple, red alder and diverse ferns. Those with extra energy can scale Beacon Rock, as well, This carnival-ride of parapets and walkways is not recommended for those with a fear of heights, but it is an absolute must for trail engineering aficionados! Dinner tonight is one your own at the Lodge.

Day 03

Continue Exploring "Waterfall Alley"

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Lodging

Hood River Inn

Ability Level

BADV_AbilityLevel_IconsIntermediate

Distance

Variable.

Elevation

Variable.

Today we explore more of the spectacular waterfalls along “Waterfall Alley”: Oneonta Falls, Horsetail Falls. Ponytail Falls, Elowah Falls, Wahclella Falls. Metlako Falls, Punchbowl Falls… there are simply too many to list! We won’t have time to visit them all, but we do guarantee that your camera will stay plenty busy. In the afternoon we head to the town of Hood River, world famous for its wind and water sports. Throw in a volcano – Mt. Hood! – and you have enough local outdoor enthusiasm for Outside magazine to call it “One of America’s Best Towns.” Spend the night on the shores of the mighty Columbia River – with private beach access – at the Hood River Inn.

Day 04

Go whitewater rafting then hike on Mt. Hood near iconic Timberline Lodge.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch
– Dinner

Lodging

Timberline Lodge

Ability Level

All Levels

Take a whitewater rafting trip (included in the trip fee – no experience necessary) down the glacier-fed White Salmon River. Running clear and cold, the river cuts through a narrow rocky gorge with 100-foot cliffs, emptying out into forested meadows. Have lunch along the river before we head back into Oregon, bound for the literal high point of the tour at Timberline Lodge – a National Historic Landmark perched upon the flanks of Mt Hood, and our lodging for the next two nights. Go for a walk through the mountain meadows and snowfields surrounding the lodge. Marvel at the sweeping views. Savor a celebratory dinner in the fabulous Cascade Dining Room and relax afterward in front of the legendary three-story fireplace!

Day 05

Hike to Mirror Lake near Mt. Hood for a picture-perfect finale.

Meals

– Breakfast
– Lunch

Distance

7 miles

Elevation

1600 ft

Ability Level

All Levels

On the final day, explore the best Mount Hood National Forest has to offer. See how Mirror Lake earned its name, offering a perfect reflection of the mountain on a calm day. Continue above a glacial-cirque headwall through wildflower meadows to Tom Dick and Harry Mountain (yep, that’s the name). This rocky summit amidst the lush forests of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness offers the perfect perch from which to contemplate the icy volcanic towers of Mt Hood and Mt Jefferson, as well as a host of other peaks in the northern Oregon Cascades. On a clear day, more than 5 volcanoes are visible from here. We toast our journey and have a celebratory lunch before returning to Portland.

 

*Bicycle Adventures operates under special use permits while on Federal Lands managed by the National Forest Service (USDA), National Parks and Bureau of Land Management. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) To file a complaint of discrimination: write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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$782
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Dates
June 28, 2021
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