Columbia River Gorge
Includes all lodging, all meals, Timberline van shuttles, leaders, trail maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included from Portland to Cascade Locks prior to tour and from Mt. Hood to Portland following tour.
Not included: Airline service to Portland International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Hotel 8:30 am
“Excellent variety of hikes. Hikers of various speeds were accommodated very well.” Columbia River Gorge hiker
In 2013 National Geographic named Timberline’s Columbia River Gorge hiking tour a “Trip of a Lifetime.” We are proud to receive some recognition for our design of this exceptional tour. The historical role of the Columbia River Gorge in the westward expansion of our country was profound. Early explorers probed the mouth of the Columbia near present-day Astoria where the mighty river poured into the Pacific. Dreams of a water passage across the mountains to the Pacific lingered into the early years of the 19th century—a dream still cherished by Thomas Jefferson as he commissioned Lewis and Clark to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Country.
The Columbia Gorge was the corridor through which Lewis and Clark traveled to reach the Pacific, and the avenue by which they began their long journey home. Even though the expedition finally ended hopes of an all-water route across the continent, the information they gathered and documented, along with their reports and illustrations of the vast resources of the Pacific Northwest provided the inspiration for the tide of western expansion and settlement that followed. By the mid-19th century, almost 12,000 pioneers had migrated to the Oregon Territory.
The Columbia River Gorge also is a geologic wonder and its landscape truly reflects the power of nature. For millions of years, hundreds of erupting volcanoes frequently altered the course of the Columbia River, ultimately creating one of the few canyons in the world oriented in an east-west direction. Near the end of the last Ice Age, the massive Missoula Floods swept across eastern Washington, scouring cliffs high above the river bed, creating one of the world’s greatest concentrations of waterfalls from tributaries left hanging above the river. Some parts of the gorge have undergone a recent transformation due to a forest fire in the waterfall area. We took a hiatus from the tour last year as the park service worked diligently to restore the trails. It is amazing to see how quickly the forest regenerates, and the views will be that much better with much of the leafy cover now gone. We will be monitoring the trail conditions up until departure to take advantage of the newest improvements, so this is sure to be a fascinating rendition of our tour.
|Day 1||Group assembles in Portland; Cape Horn trail||7|
|Day 2||Herman Creek Trail||8|
|Day 3||The Falls of the Columbia Gorge: Latourell, Wahkeena, Horsetail, Multnomah||10|
|Day 4||Beacon Rock State Park—hike Hamilton Mountain||8|
|Day 5||Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain||7|
|Day 6||Tamanawas Falls; van shuttle to Portland||4|