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Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Day Tour from Portland

Full-Day Tour from Portland, Oregon:

Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Tour

Satiate your wanderlust in the famed Columbia Gorge National Scenic Area and upon the flanks of iconic Mount Hood. Spend a full day exploring cascading waterfalls and our favorite Oregon landscapes.

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The mighty Columbia River cuts a deep swath, over 80 miles long, through the Cascade Mountains. Start on the western end of ‘The Gorge,’ where coastal weather patterns feed more than 70 waterfalls that glide off the region’s basalt cliffs. In “Waterfall Alley,” gaze up from the base of Latourell Falls on a hot summer day or warm up on a damp morning with a cup of French-press coffee. 620-foot high Multnomah Falls is always on our itinerary, but public access is occassionally restricted due to the effects of area wildfires in the autumn of 2017.

Visit the town of Hood River where steady summer winds create a paradise for windsurfers and kiteboarders. Breathtaking natural beauty draws adventure sports enthusiasts and sightseers year-round. After lunch, continue eastward across the Cascade Divide as landscapes change dramatically before your eyes. In the sagebrush steppe, take out the binoculars and watch for wildlife.

In the town of The Dalles, we may visit the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center, home to exhibits on the Oregon Trail, native peoples, and the journey of Lewis and Clark. Seasonally, we visit Columbia Hills State Park’s Native American rock art (pictographs and petroglyphs).

In the afternoon, the river-defined landscape gives way to 11,240-foot high Mount Hood. Duck into the forest to enjoy the calm splashing of Umbrella Falls or take in the view of the peak from Trillium Lake – when the wind is still, the photo opportunity is unrivaled! Finally, climb to historic Timberline Lodge for epic mountain views (and perhaps even throw a summer snowball)!

Join a few other travelers (each trip is ten people or fewer) and an award-winning guide on a real exploration of our wild home. Don’t worry – we’ll take care of everything! If you’re staying downtown (hotel, Airbnb, etc.), we’ll pick you up. We’ll text/call/email you the day before your trip to confirm the exact timing. We’re bringing breakfast bakery, local coffee, and tea. We’ll also bring a fresh, local, family-style lunch with local wines! Snacks, sparkling water, and water are included all day.
   

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In addition to our small-group Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood tours – we do offer beautiful private tours. For a private tour, see details and pricing below in the “Additional Details” section, send our team a note to arrange a date with the “Ask A Question” button above, or give us a call.

Key Details: Columbia Gorge & Mount Hood Tour from Portland

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Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Tour Price: $175 per person. All-inclusive.
Must be 10 years & up.

Tour Timing: 8:30a to 6:30p
May – October: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday

Tour Group Size: Ten or fewer. Private tours are available (including tours for larger groups).

Hotel Pickups: Yes. We offer tour pickup at any downtown Portland location. We’ll text/call you the day before your trip to schedule your pickup! See more about pick-up & drop-off below.

Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Tour Meals: Coffee & tea, light breakfast, substantial organic lunch with local wine, snacks, water, sparkling water, etc. readily available all day.

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Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Day Tour – Additional Details

Embark on short interpretative nature walks around 2 other waterfalls such as Latourell Falls, Starvation Creek, Wahkeena Falls, or Horsetail Falls.

Feel the spray of the 620-ft-tall Multnomah Falls from Benson Bridge (Multnomah Falls access is sometimes restricted following the 2017 wildfires; we will make every effort to include it).

Experience the history of the treacherous Oregon Trail at the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center.

Admire Native American pictographs and petroglyphs at Columbia Hills State Park (Apr – Oct).

Enjoy a local lunch in the town of Hood River, or a picnic lunch al fresco (included in the price).

Learn about the lava flows and colossal floods that shaped this breathtaking landscape and fostered its agricultural abundance.

Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at your downtown accommodations (hotel, AirBNB, rental, etc.).

A local, TripAdvisor 'Hall of Fame' naturalist guide. We guarantee you'll love your trip leader!

No additional charges during your day. We cover everything you'll need during our tours (meals, drinks, entrance fees, permits, wine tasting fees, fuel, etc.).

A morning snack. We generally bring French-pressed coffee, tea, and bakery!

A gorgeous local picnic. We even bring linens, plates, silverware, for a not-so-rustic picnic-style lunch. Our offerings change frequently/seasonally - but often include turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches, a grain or pasta salad, and hot soup. Let us know if you have dietary restrictions - we can accommodate most needs if we're aware of them prior to 24 hours of your tour start.

Plenty of readily-available snacks, water, sparkling water, and more throughout the day.

Comfortable transportation in brand new Ford Transit vans or Mercedes Sprinter vans. Most of our vehicles are built for 15 people - we only open ten seats per trip to leave plenty of space.

⭐ Additional warm clothing is available upon request.

8:00a - Downtown Portland tour pick-ups begin.

8:30a - Downtown tour pick-ups end.

*Note that the route we follow is a loop, and that the tour may be run in reverse to improve the overall experience as seasonal variations in crowds and weather dictate.

10:30a – Following a stop for coffee, tea, and a light snack, arrive at the historic Timberline Lodge at 6,000' of elevation on the southern slopes of Oregon's tallest mountain, Mt. Hood. Enjoy a breathtaking walk in the surrounding sub-alpine terrain. After departing the lodge, we may make stops at Umbrella Falls, Sahalie Falls, or Trillium Lake before descending into the Hood River Valley.

1:00p – Though the location varies each time, we generally do a picnic lunch served al fresco and family-style.

3:00p – As you head towards Portland via the Historic Columbia Gorge Highway, stop to visit Multnomah Falls, one or two of the Columbia Gorge's most scenic viewpoints, and an additional 'Waterall Alley' waterfall.

5:30p - Approximate arrival back in downtown Portland.

Downtown Portland Pick-ups:

Approximate Pick-up Start time: 7:30a

Downtown Pick-up End time: 8:00a

When booking, be sure to provide the phone number where we can reach you during your travels. Let our team know where you're staying and we'll do everything we can to make your pick-up as easy as possible. We’ll connect the day prior to your tour to confirm details. If you’re staying outside of downtown, our default downtown pick-up location is at the Hotel Monaco (506 SW Washington St.).

Are you looking to make your Portland Columbia Gorge tour even more intimate and comfortable? We offer beautiful private tours led by the Northwest's best field educators.

To inquire about private trip dates, give us a call!

1 person: $1000/person

2 people: $600/person

3 people: $433/person

4 people: $350/person

5 people: $300/person

6 people: $263/person

7 people: $232/person

8 people: $216/person

9 people: $200/person

10 people: $188/person

11 people: $177/person

12 people: $169/person

Please contact us for groups larger than 12 travelers for a custom quote. Groups larger than 12 generally require a second van, second guide, etc.

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Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood Day Tour from Portland – Traveler Testimonials

Here is what recent travelers are saying about our Columbia Gorge & Mt. Hood day tours from Portland:

“11 out of 10!”

11/10 Would recommend. This is such a great deal for everything that is included, from the locations we stopped at to the meal that was provided, as well as the commentary provided by our guide. Had an amazing day!

-Sarah
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“Best tours I’ve taken!”

One of the best tours I’ve taken! We were picked up at our hotel on time in a nice clean black van. We were a group of 7. After second stop we were offered a selection of baked goodies, at another stop French press Portland coffee or water at a waterfall picnic area. These little thoughtful items really made a difference. Our tour guide was Beth. Beth was very knowledgeable and fun! She added personal anecdotes, and stories from growing up in the area. Beth knew alot about the area! We got very lucky with having a great group with common interests. Tour also accepts solo tourists which would be great for those travelling on business. This tour is defintely worth it, even when the weather is typical Portland autumn weather (foggy,drizzling). The sights on this tour are gorgeous but require some walking. We had a great time! Would defintely recommend! We also booked the night before and had no issue!

-PeaceLoveTravel13
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“Highly recommend it!”

My mom and I did the Columbia Gorge small group tour and it was fantastic. Our tour guide, Chris, showed up to pick us up at our hotel downtown Portland on time and was very patient and well educated. He was a great, safe driver and made the entire experience worth our time. It was great to enjoy the scenery and not have to drive/navigate in an unfamiliar area. If you’re debating doing this tour, we definitely felt it was a great value and highly recommend it.

-arielley2015
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Yelp Review

“Expectations exceeded.”

From the excellent planning, communication, and then seeing the spacious and comfy van I knew we were in for a great day…and even then my expectations were exceeded! Our guide Chris was super knowledgeable about the history of the area, the natural features, etc. (He was also a really interesting person himself and we could have easily spent hours just listening to his life story!) The day was structured enough to be able to beat the crowds at some popular sites, but also flexible to allow us more time at places we were really enjoying or to try something different that he correctly thought would interest us. The coffee and snacks by the waterfall was such a lovely touch! I would definitely take another tour from this company when I return to the region and recommend them highly.

-LadyCabDriver99
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