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Choose Your Pace: Hiking the Spectacular Columbia River Gorge

Program No. 14936RJ
Join local experts to hike at your own pace and learn about the Columbia River Gorge, explore historic sites, take in awe-inspiring vistas and witness spectacular waterfalls.

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At a Glance

The Columbia River Gorge is the quintessential Pacific Northwest experience — home to waterfalls, scenic hiking trails, deep forests and outstanding vistas. Choose your daily route based on desired difficulty and watch history and geology come to life as you hike the country’s largest scenic area. Enjoy peaceful rivers and glittering waterfalls and learn how this region’s unique geography shaped the history of its people. Make your way to the top of Beacon Rock for spectacular views of the gorge, and visit the charming town of Hood River, an outdoor enthusiast’s playground with food, mountains, rivers and natural beauty.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Choose Your Pace
Each day, choose from multiple hiking options based on your desired level of challenge and pace, ranging from 4-8 miles on varied terrain. Elevations of 3,000-4,050 feet.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

What You'll Learn

  • Visit the historic Bonneville Dam along the Columbia River and learn about the aspects of a fish hatchery.
  • Experience the thundering waterfalls of the Columbia River Gorge both in Oregon & Washington.
  • Try the region’s famous cuisine featuring local salmon at the historic Multnomah Falls Lodge and other farm-to-table restaurants and breweries.
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