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Hiking in Columbia Gorge and Mt. Hood
A 5 DAY / 4 NIGHT Private Tour from Portland, Oregon
This will be your very own private tour to Columbia River Gorge and Mt. Hood and, will mean a worry-free opportunity to travel in luxury while enjoying the incredible beauty of these two Pacific Northwest destinations! The Columbia River is the largest and mightiest in western North America and the Gorge is considered one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders! A sought after tourist destination with visitors from around the globe, the region’s snow-capped mountains, lush forests, abundance of wildflowers and numerous and varied waterfalls are reminiscent of the Swiss Alps. Our guests always enjoy learning the history of the area from Swiss Tour Master, Erwin, as he makes numerous stops for photo ops and short hikes allowing guests to get the most out of their tour experience! Experience the tour in English or German, if that is your native language, he is equally comfortable with either! Enhancing the experience with a whitewater rafting trip is definitely an option! From Multnomah Falls enroute to Mount Hood, the entire area is full of excellent hiking and viewing opportunities!!
Because your safety and health are of paramount importance to us, you will be enjoying this experience as your very own private tour and traveling in our luxury van offering individual Captains’ Chairs, with TV, WiFi, and unlimited snacks and water. This tour provides great flexibility and is designed for unbelievable photo opportunities.
Day 1: Multnomah Fall and Bridge of the Gods
As snow melt sends water gushing down creeks and rivers it ultimately crashes over the towers of basalt that form the walls of the Columbia River Gorge. The Gorge area is known for breathtaking incredible waterfalls. We start our excursion with a loop-drive on the Oregon side of the river that takes in five waterfalls, the tallest of which is the 620 ft Multnomah Falls, known to be the most popular tourist destination in the state of Oregon. Moving on from there, we cross over the Bridge of the Gods, where at one time a massive landslide spanned across the entire river. In the evening, we can all relax and enjoy a fine dinner at Skamania Lodge – a premier hotel destination along the Gorge. As we will be here for two nights, in the morning we can just depart without baggage for our 2nd day of adventure!!
Walking Distances: Multnomah Falls Loop: 7 miles, 1800 ft gain
1st Night: Skamania Lodge
Day 2: Hamilton Mountain and Beacon Rock
On the way to Hamilton Mountain, our ascent will be through lush pine-scented forests, past waterfalls to wildflower meadows set atop basalt cliffs. We then descend into a rainforest canyon of Red Alder and Maple trees an abundance of ferns. If you want to and can, scaling Beacon Rock isa tempting option! This up and down roller coaster of peaks is not for the faint of heart, to be sure, but it is a must for those whose spirit-animal is the mountain goat!!
Walking Distances: Hamilton Mountain Loop: 7.5 miles, 2000 ft gain
2nd Night: Skamania Lodge
Day 3. Waterfalls, Forests & Wildflowers
Depending on the time of year, we’ll start the day with one of two potential hikes, both of which are favorites of locals and visitors alike! We may head to Dog Mountain to experience the dramatic wildflower display if it is early in the Spring/Summer season. If later, we forego this part of the hike and head directly to enjoy incredible waterfalls: there are simply so many, but the list may include Horsetail Falls, Ponytail Falls, Wahclella Falls, and Punchbowl Falls! Our guests always enjoy picnic lunches we are known for and depending on the timeframe we will find a great spot to stop and enjoy dining alfresco (outdoors)! Heading on, we’re off to Hood River which is famous for its water and wind activities sports! You will absolutely feel the enthusiasm that abounds here for outdoor activity, so much energy!! Outside Magazine has dubbed Hood River “One of America’s Best Towns” and you will get to see what!! We will spend the night on the shores of the mighty Columbia River, with our own private beach access!
Walking Distance: Dog Mountain: 7 miles, 2900 ft gain, Falls Hikes: variable distance and gain
3rd Night: Hood River Inn
Day 4: Rafting on the White Salmon River
We will start Day 4 with some Whitewater Rafting down the glacial White Salmon River. Running fast and cold, the river cuts directly through a rocky gorge that is narrow and has 100-foot cliffs, emptying out into beautiful meadows. We’ll enjoy a beautiful picnic lunch along the river before we head for the high point of our tour, the Timberline Lodge. It is a magnificent Historic Landmark situated at the base of Mt Hood. Before dinner enjoy a walk through the beautiful mountain meadows and snowfields that exist surrounding the lodge. Take in the expansive sweeping views then, if you wish, celebrate with an incredible dinner in the fabulous Cascade Dining Room and relax afterward in front of the famous three-story fireplace.
4th Night: Timberline Lodge
There is an option here to extend the tour to an additional day and night at Mt. Hood with beautiful hikes the next day towards the summit! Please call for details!
Day 5: Mirror Lake and Volcano Views
On our last day we most explore the best of Mt. Hood! Mirror Lake earns its name by offering guests a perfect reflection of the mountain on a calm day! We’ll contribute above a glacial headwall through wildflower fields to Tom, Dick, and Harry Mountain! This rocky summit in the midst of the Salmon-Huckleberry Wilderness offers us the perfect spot to take in 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 this spot!!!
A celebration is in order with a picnic before returning to Portland which brings our fabulous tour to an end!
Walking Distance: Mirror Lake, TD&H Mtn: 7 miles, 1600 ft gain
The Pacific Northwest Hiking Tour
Duration: 5 Days / 4 Night
Activity: Active Sightseeing and Hiking
Starts in: Portland, Oregon
Ends in: Portland, Oregon
Group size: 2-6 participants
Language: English, German
Private Guided Tour
Private Luxury Transportation
Park Entry Fees
Snacks & Bottled Water
4 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast/vouchers
Breakfasts and Picnic Lunches
Seasons/What to Expect
Below is a list of suggested items that you may want to bring on your hiking tour. When packing, remember that the weather can offer surprises, especially in the mountains. Plan to dress in layers and carry extra clothing every day for lunch and rest stops.
Additional Items for Cooler Seasons and High Elevations