Columbia River Gorge – II
September 8 - 13, 2019
(6 days, 5 nights; Sun - Fri)Alternate Tour Dates
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.
BONUS ACTIVITY: This tour includes a dinner cruise on the Columbia River
Hotel 8:30 am
“I really appreciate the quality of the food and drink. I consider it an essential part of the whole experience. Keep doing what you’re doing.” Gene C.
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. No less than 77 of these falls can be found in the relatively short span between Troutdale and The Dalles. In September of 2017 a human caused fire broke out in the Eagle Creek Drainage. Due to winds and dry conditions the fire quickly spread and joined other spot fires in the area to burn large swaths on both sides of the Columbia River in a forest that had not seen a major fire in over 100 years. A year and a half later, we will see the effects of that fire, and they are not all negative! Views have opened up, new growth is thriving, and a fascinating insight into how nature repairs itself is evident.
|Day 1||Group assembles in Portland; Hamilton Mountain||8|
|Day 2||Herman Creek Trail||8|
|Day 3||The Falls of the Columbia Gorge: Latourell, Wahkeena, Horsetail, Multnomah||10|
|Day 4||Dog Mountain||7 - 13|
|Day 5||Tom, Dick and Harry Mountain||7|
|Day 6||Tamanawas Falls; van shuttle to Portland||4|