Highlights

  • Follow deep ravines and cliff ledges, along the creeks that feed Columbia River.
  • Stunning Columbia River Gorge views and abundant waterfalls and rainforests.
  • Hamilton Mountain, Beacon Rock, Eagle Creek Trail, Tom McCall Preserve plateau.
  • Hardy Falls, Tunnel Falls, Punchbowl Falls, Multnomah Falls
  • Unforgettable springtime flower display.

The mighty Columbia River starts in northern Idaho and travels over 1,200 miles to the ocean, and theres no spot more beautiful than this stretch, with its many waterfalls, its characteristic gulches, gullies, and gorges; the deep canyons and ravines, rainforests, basalt outcroppings and fern veiled creeks. Its an area treasured for its variety, big views, and lush abundance. Once a rugged frontier that Lewis & Clark knew well, the gorge is now one of the best loved and dramatic natural areas in the world.

Sunday Overnight: Skamania Lodge

Meet at Portland Airport (PDX) or in Portland, then drive to Skamania Lodge (about one hour from PDX), stopping for a short walk at Cape Horn or Beacon Rock if arrival times permit. Welcome talk and Dinner at our hotel.

Monday Overnight: Skamania Lodge

Lace up your boots (and pack a lunch), we're heading on an exciting hike in the footsteps of Lewis and Clark. First to Hamilton Mountain, following well maintained trails past wild flowers and waterfalls. We'll cross the rustic footbridge at Hardy Falls to a series of spectacular views of the heart of the Columbia River Gorge, including Bonneville Dam and the 848 ft basalt outcropping known as Beacon Rock. Tonight's dinner will be riverside, at Clark & Lewie's in the Stevenson.

Tuesday Overnight: Skamania Lodge

Wake up to another great day of walking, following the amazing Eagle Creek Trail through a deep gorge to Tunnel Falls. Enjoy spectacular waterfalls, lush temperate rain forests, and the ever-present tall basalt cliffs. This trail dates to the building of the Columbia River Scenic Highway in the early 1900's. The route includes a side trail to Punchbowl Falls (one of the most photographed in the Northwest), with dramatic ledges offering dizzying views of the creek and gorge, and a tunnel behind a 160-foot waterfall. (Carry a box lunch for a picnic beside the creek.) Dinner tonight will be in a long-time local Stevenson favorite, the Big River Grill.

Wednesday Overnight: Skamania Lodge

A short drive takes us to the oak woodlands and grasslands of the eastern end of the Gorge. Here, the annual rainfall is not 85 inches but 25, and the Douglas fir forests of western Oregon and Washington give way to oak savannah and some of the region's most impressive wildflower displays. We'll visit two sites that show off this unique bioregion “ the Memaloose Hills, and The Nature Conservancy's Tom McCall Preserve at Rowena Plateau. There's plenty to see along the way, with epic views of the canyon and Mount Hood. We'll stop for lunch between the two walks at the historic Baldwin Saloon in The Dalles. Dinner tonight at our hotel.

Thursday Overnight: Skamania Lodge

Our final day of walking takes us to the Gorge's most famous waterfalls, starting with a morning hike past five named waterfalls in less than five miles, including the magnificent 620-foot Multnomah Falls. After lunch at beautifully restored Multnomah Falls Lodge, we'll visit two more waterfalls, Horsetail and Ponytail, walking behind the latter for a unique view and photo opportunity. Farewell dinner at our hotel tonight.

Friday

After breakfast, The Wayfarers will provide a transfer to Portland Airport.
Moderate
The Columbia River gorge is a spectacular wonder, a study of contrasts created through millenniums of geological events.
Terrain: Tracks through rain forests, oak savannah and grasslands. Climbs of 1,200 to 2,000 feet per day with some steep hills and exposed trail sections. 7-8 miles a day with one day of up to 12 miles.

TRIP DETAILS

5 nights from
$3,195.00
per person, double occupancy
(Single Supplement $495.00)
Our Wayfarers friends' Price is $3,035.00

Dates

From Sep 9 to Sep 14 (more dates)
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Arrival: Portland
Departure: Portland

Activities

Walk Adventure
Oregon & Washington September 2018 Map

Hotels - Where we stay

Skamania Lodge

Skamania Lodge

The Skamania Lodge is set on 175 acres within the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Pacific-Northwestern ambiance boasts a three story stone fireplace in the lobby with sweeping river views. Lodge amenities include Wifi, laundry service, a fitness center, indoor swimming pool, outdoor hot tub, apples in the Gorge Room, tennis, basketball and volleyball courts, and complementary street bikes. Also available is the Waterleaf Spa, a championship golf course, and the Skamania Lodge Zip Line Tour. Two locally inspired restaurants are onsite. Each Lodge room includes wifi, TV, hairdryer, mini- coffee makers, and terrycloth bath robes.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants