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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
Snowshoe at Timberline l (6000') 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 Apr 20 — Apr 26, 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, April 20 - 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, April 21 - 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 nature 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 Three: Tuesday, April 22 - Walk through fields of wildflowers in the eastern...
Walk through fields of wildflowers in the eastern section of the Columbia River gorge. Visit quaint town of Hood River, one of the best windsurfing places in the world.

Note: Hike to Tom McCall point for 3.4 miles RT, 1100 ft. on switchbacked trail with possibly slippery sections. OR walk to river overlook of 2.2 miles RT, 300 ft. gain on nice trail. Optional afternoon walk to Catherine Creek 0.8 mile loop, 50 ft. gain on paved path.

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

Morning: We will hike at Tom McCall (up to 3.4 miles RT, 1100 feet) in eastern gorge where we will see fields blanketed in more than 200 plant species of spring wildflowers.

Lunch: Sack lunch will be eaten on the trail.

Afternoon: Hike at Catherine Creek (0.8 mile loop, 100 ft.) on Washington side of Columbia River where we will see different flowers. 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
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, April 23 - Visit Timberline lodge on the flanks of Mt. Hood....
Visit Timberline lodge on the flanks of Mt. Hood. Try snowshoeing on Mt. Hood. Walk beneath the towering old growth forest canopy.

Note: Snowshoeing at Timberline (0.5 to 2 mile, 100 ft.). Salmon River hike up to 5.2 miles, 100 ft. on nice forested path.

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

Morning: Snowshoe at Timberline lodge for views of the surrounding Cascades including Mt. Jefferson. Visit historic Timberline lodge.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: We will hike through an old growth forest along the Salmon river (5.2 miles, 100 ft. elevation gain)

Dinner: Dinner at restaurant enroute.

Evening: No evening program as we drive back to our lodge.

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, April 24 - 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 several waterfalls.

Lunch: Sack lunch on the trail.

Afternoon: Visit Lauterall Falls and see the amazing columnar basalt. Visit Crown Point-Visit house for majestic views of the Columbia River Gorge.

Dinner: Dinner at local restaurant.

Evening: Evening program on local history.

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, April 25 - 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, April 26 - 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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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
2 Expert-led lectures
10 Field trips

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