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CASCADE LOCKS, OREGON

Hiking the Spectacular Columbia River Gorge

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Program #14936RJ
7 Days | 6 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderately Challenging
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
Hike at Larch Mt. (4050') will be our highest elevation. All other days will be below 3000'.

Equipment Requirements
Well broken in hiking boots or shoes, day pack/fanny pack, hiking gear and rain gear are recommended to fully enjoy this program.

Itinerary for Jun 8 — Jun 14, 2014

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Type: Motel

Description: This is comfortable motel on outskirts of town. Easy walking distance to local stores. Recently constructed motel.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 580
735 WaNaPa Street
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 USA
phone: 800-595-7108 xtollfree
web: www.bwcolumbiariverinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths, TV, phones (free local calls), refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwave, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Facility has pool, spa, laundry facilities, exercise room, newspapers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $90- $135/night + tax/room
Contact motel directly to reserve additional nights and for prices

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, June 08 - Relax in our Cascade Locks motel as you overlook ...
Relax in our Cascade Locks motel as you overlook the Columbia River Gorge and its surrounding mountains. Meet new friends and learn about the week ahead.

Note: While at our lodging, we will get to know each other as we learn about the week ahead.

Arrive To: Check in between 4:00 - 5:30 PM at Best Western at Cascade Locks.

Afternoon: 5:30 PM Group socializing activities - Meet your fellow Road Scholars.

Dinner: Dinner at 6:15 PM at restaurant next door.

Evening: Program orientation and introductions/discussion until 9:00 PM

Lodging: Best Western Columbia River Inn at the Bridge of the Gods

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: This is comfortable motel on outskirts of town. Easy walking distance to local stores. Recently constructed motel.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 580
735 WaNaPa Street
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 USA
phone: 800-595-7108 xtollfree
web: www.bwcolumbiariverinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths, TV, phones (free local calls), refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwave, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Facility has pool, spa, laundry facilities, exercise room, newspapers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $90- $135/night + tax/room
Contact motel directly to reserve additional nights and for prices

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, June 09 - Walk to the top of Beacon Rock for outstanding vi...
Walk to the top of Beacon Rock for outstanding views of Columbia River Gorge and Bonneville dam. Walk to Wahclella Falls, a hidden gem.

Note: Beacon rock hike on switchback and ramps carved out of rock with nice railings (1.8 mile RT, 600' elevation gain) Hike to Wahclella Falls (2 miles, 380' elevation gain) on a nice trail with some stairs and possibly slippery sections.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast from 7:15-8:15 AM onsite. 9:15-9:45 AM assemble your personal lunch in lunch preparation room next to swimming pool.

Morning: 8:15 -9:15 AM Optional walk to Cascade Locks park, with orientation of town. See the Oregon Pony, the first steam engine in the Pacific Northwest. There is also a walking bridge crossing the remains of the original shipping locks, connecting the Marine Park with 3-acre "Thunder Island". 9:45 am daily orientation 10:30 AM depart for Beacon Rock walk (1.8 miles RT, 600 ft.) for views of Columbia River gorge and Bonneville Dam. Beacon Rock is an 848-foot monolith next to the Columbia River. Hike a trail to the top that is a marvel of engineering and rockwork for outstanding views of Columbia R. gorge. On October 31, 1805, the Lewis and Clark Expedition arrived here and first measured tides on the river, indicating that they were nearing the ocean.

Lunch: Sack lunches at Bonneville fish hatchery picnic tables The hatchery, which was built in 1909 is the largest of Oregon’s 33 hatcheries and raises over 9 million salmon fry for release every year. A highlight of the hatchery is “Herman” the sturgeon, a 70-year-old, 10-foot long, 450 pound sturgeon that you can get eyeball-to-eyeball with in a viewing room.

Afternoon: Tour of Bonneville Dam Completed in 1937, the dam was a showpiece of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. At the time, its single lift navigation lock was the largest in the world. See how native salmon and steelhead salmon navigate fish ladders to get past the dam on their journey upstream to spawn. Afternoon: Wahclella Falls, beautiful waterfall in charming canyon (2 miles RT, 300 ft.) The falls are divided into upper and lower segments with a combined height of 350 ft. The fully visible lower segment thunders out of a narrow gorge carved in basalt. The plunge pool’s surrounding natural walls form a semi-circular rotunda. Tanner Creek is sourced primarily from an underground spring, ensuring consistent flow.

Dinner: At local church to meet people from the community and have a home cooked meal as our mothers used to make.

Evening: Presentation on local history or Geology

Lodging: Best Western Columbia River Inn at the Bridge of the Gods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: This is comfortable motel on outskirts of town. Easy walking distance to local stores. Recently constructed motel.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 580
735 WaNaPa Street
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 USA
phone: 800-595-7108 xtollfree
web: www.bwcolumbiariverinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths, TV, phones (free local calls), refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwave, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Facility has pool, spa, laundry facilities, exercise room, newspapers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $90- $135/night + tax/room
Contact motel directly to reserve additional nights and for prices

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, June 10 - Hike behind Pony tail falls and up to Triple fall...
Hike behind Pony tail falls and up to Triple falls. Drive a section of the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway.

Note: Long hike to Triple falls is 4.5 mile loop 680' elevation gain. Short hike to Oneonta Gorge is 2.7 mile loop, 400' elevation gain. Both trails on well graded maintained trail.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast onsite. (Optional full breakfast is available at local restaurant on your own) Lunch is assembled after breakfast.

Morning: Hike from Horsetail Falls to Ponytail Falls (2.7 mile loop, 400 ft). Hike behind Pony tail falls in a cavern beneath an ancient lava flow, then past “weeping walls” of moss and ferns to an overlook of the Columbia River. An optional add-on hike of 1.8 miles RT, 200 ft. takes you to the Triple Falls, one of the most frequently photographed in the gorge. Continue hiking along the river beyond Triple Falls if you would like an additional 2 miles RT.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: We will visit sights along the historic Columbia River Highway, the first planned and paved scenic roadway in the United States, built in 1922. Optional walks to Bridal Veil Falls (1.5 mile, 200 ft.) and Latourell Falls dropping 249 ft. (1.0 mile, 50 ft )

Dinner: Dinner at Multnomah Falls lodge. At the base of Multnomah Falls, the Historic Multnomah Falls Lodge provides us with a place to relax and enjoy a fine meal. Built in 1925, the Lodge exemplifies Cascadian style stone and timber architecture.

Evening: Evening program on local history or issues or geology.

Lodging: Best Western Columbia River Inn at the Bridge of the Gods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: This is comfortable motel on outskirts of town. Easy walking distance to local stores. Recently constructed motel.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 580
735 WaNaPa Street
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 USA
phone: 800-595-7108 xtollfree
web: www.bwcolumbiariverinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths, TV, phones (free local calls), refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwave, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Facility has pool, spa, laundry facilities, exercise room, newspapers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $90- $135/night + tax/room
Contact motel directly to reserve additional nights and for prices

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, June 11 - Visit Multnomah Falls, the most famous and larges...
Visit Multnomah Falls, the most famous and largest falls in the Columbia River Gorge. Hike to the top of the falls to see even more falls cascading along our river hike.

Note: Long hike loop from Multnomah Falls to Wahkeena Falls (5 mile, 1600' elevation gain). Short hike to top of Multnomah Falls (2.2 mile RT, 700' elevation gain) Trail is nicely maintained and graded.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast onsite. (Optional full breakfast is available at local restaurant on your own) Assemble lunch after breakfast.

Morning: Hike to the top of Multnomah Falls and back down to Wahkeena Falls (5 mile RT, 1600'). Beautiful hikes along 2 creeks with a several waterfalls.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Explore Town of Hood River: watch windsurfers, optional beer and wine tasting. Hood River is a worldwide destination for windsurfers and kiteboarders. It has also become a recreational boomtown for hikers, bikers, skiers, and paddlers. Watch the action from the city’s new waterfront park!

Dinner: Dinner on own as you choose between the many eateries in Hood River. You will find food and drink ranging from simple home-style meals to gourmet offerings, outstanding wine to hand-crafted beers. In this rich agricultural region, it’s not surprising the food is fresh, local, and delicious.

Evening: No evening program as we drive back from town of Hood River.

Lodging: Best Western Columbia River Inn at the Bridge of the Gods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: This is comfortable motel on outskirts of town. Easy walking distance to local stores. Recently constructed motel.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 580
735 WaNaPa Street
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 USA
phone: 800-595-7108 xtollfree
web: www.bwcolumbiariverinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths, TV, phones (free local calls), refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwave, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Facility has pool, spa, laundry facilities, exercise room, newspapers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $90- $135/night + tax/room
Contact motel directly to reserve additional nights and for prices

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, June 12 - See five surrounding Cascade mountain peaks (Mt. ...
See five surrounding Cascade mountain peaks (Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens) from Larch Mountain.

Note: Long hike loop (6.4 mile, 1300' elevation gain). Short hike (4.9 mile 500 elevation gain). Trail is nicely maintained with a few slippery sections and some exposed tree roots.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast onsite. (Optional full breakfast is available at local restaurant on your own) Assemble lunch after breakfast.

Morning: Enjoy the surrounding Cascades (Mt. Hood, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Adams, Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens) from Sherrard Point. Hike Larch Mtn., an ancient shield volcano (6.4 mile, 1300 ft. shorter options available). Hike through peaceful forests including Old Growth as we hike through the Crater and along the rim of this extinct volcano.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Finish Larch Mountain hike and visit Crown Point-Vista House for outstanding views of the Columbia River Gorge. Vista house towers 733’ over the Columbia River on one of the most beautiful locations along the historic Columbia River Highway. The octagonal structure was completed in 1918 as a wayside rest, “an observatory from which the view both up and down the Columbia could be viewed in silent communion with the infinite.”

Dinner: Pizza dinner socializer to share stories of the week and other adventures that you have enjoyed.

Evening: Program on local history and geology.

Lodging: Best Western Columbia River Inn at the Bridge of the Gods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Motel

Description: This is comfortable motel on outskirts of town. Easy walking distance to local stores. Recently constructed motel.

Contact info:
P.O. Box 580
735 WaNaPa Street
Cascade Locks, OR 97014 USA
phone: 800-595-7108 xtollfree
web: www.bwcolumbiariverinn.com

Room amenities: Rooms have private baths, TV, phones (free local calls), refrigerators, coffeemakers, microwave, hairdryer

Facility amenities: Facility has pool, spa, laundry facilities, exercise room, newspapers.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $90- $135/night + tax/room
Contact motel directly to reserve additional nights and for prices

Check in time: 4:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, June 13 - Hike the most popular trail in Oregon, Eagle Cree...
Note: Eagle Creek hike to Punch bowl falls (4.2 mile RT, 400' elevation gain). Additional hike to High Bridge (add. 2.4 mile RT, 200' elevation gain). Trail is well graded and has cable railing for any narrow sections.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast onsite. (Optional full breakfast is available at local restaurant on your own) Assemble lunch after breakfast.

Morning: Hike along Eagle Creek to Punch Bowl Falls (4.2 miles RT, 400 ft). This is #1 hiking trail in Oregon and is an engineering marvel that boasts dozens of spectacular waterfalls, tall basalt cliffs, sweeping talus slopes, and the lush temperate rain forests that so characterize the Pacific Northwest.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Optional additional hike to High Bridge (additional 2.4 miles RT, 200 ft.) or Tunnel Falls which is additional past High bridge of 5.4 miles, 600 ft. RT (total of 12 miles RT, 1200 ft.). Enjoy the town of Cascade Locks and the views of the cliffs across the Columbia River as well as the river boat traffic.

Dinner: Eat at a local restaurant.

Evening: Share stories, photos and experiences from the week during a closing program that ends by 9:00 pm.

Lodging: Best Western Columbia River Inn at the Bridge of the Gods

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Day Seven: Saturday, June 14 - Memories of beautiful scenery and new friends.
Note: No activity scheduled as people pack up for their departure after breakfast.

Breakfast: Continental breakfast onsite from 7:15 to 8:15 am. (Optional full breakfast is available at local restaurant on your own).

Morning: Program ends at 9:00 AM with everyone checking out by 12:00 AM. Shuttle departs at 9:00 AM and arrives at Portland airport by 10:00 AM. Allow 90 minutes after arrival to check-in and go through security.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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6 nights of accommodations
16 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips

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