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Portland Tours offered by EcoTours of Oregon

Tours are booked and paid through EcoTours of Oregon using the WEAI reservation form

 

Tuesday, June 28, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Columbia River Gorge Waterfalls/Mount Hood "Loop" Tour

Sample itinerary:

  • 9:00 AM Pick up at Hilton Portland & Executive Tower. Head east to the sea-level 4000 foot deep Columbia Gorge, which cuts through the Cascade Mountains by the Columbia River.
  • 9:35 AM Our first stop will be Chanticleer Point. Situated 700 feet above the mighty Columbia River, we'll be able to see incredible views overlooking the Columbia River, Washington State and the Oregon side of the gorge.
  • 9:50 AM Stop at the historic Vista House for a spectacular thirty-mile view of the river and a rest stop with interesting historic photography and native wildflower exhibits.
  • 10:20 AM Head further east on the "Old Scenic Highway" while you learn about the history of the first mountain highway of the west. We'll stop at several waterfalls with interesting names like Latourell, Wahkeena, Multnomah and Horsetail for short walks or longer hikes (you choose), quiet reflection and photo opportunities.
  • 11:00 AM Guests always enjoy the visit to Multnomah Falls, Oregon's most famous and tallest waterfall at 620 feet. EcoTours will provide plenty of time for you to enjoy the ten-minute walk up to the Benson Bridge between the lower and upper falls for views and photos, and to visit the Nature Center and Gift Shop.
  • 11:30 AM Still heading east, we'll discuss the life cycle of Pacific Northwest Salmon en route to the Bonneville Dam, where we may see migrating adult salmon through the fish-viewing windows and in the fish ladders.
  • 12:30 PM Lunch time will be spent at Hood River, "the windsurfing capitol of the U.S.A." We'll drive you through downtown area and point out some of our favorite restaurants, then leave you on your own to eat and look and browse through this quaint, compact town.
  • 1:30 PM After lunch, we'll head through the picturesque Hood River Valley possible stopping at local fruit stands to sample locally-grown cherries, berries, pears and apples. While climbing Mount Hood's southeast flank, you will learn about Oregon's diverse ecosystems as the scenery changes from the dry eastside Cascades featuring ponderosa pine forests, to the lush westside forests of douglas fir, cedar and hemlock. Many guests enjoy optional stop to see a portion of the original Oregon Trail as we continue the drive to the high alpine forests of Mount Hood's upper elevations.
  • 3:30 PM Arrive at the pinnacle of our day, Timberline Lodge, at 6000 feet. Here, you'll be treated to incredible high alpine views of snow-capped Mount Hood and the surrounding Cascades. Guests enjoy a walk through the historic lodge and the trails with sweeping views of the Cascade Range.
  • 4:00 PM On our drive back to Portland, we'll pass through beautiful mountainous terrain and quaint small towns into the fertile agricultural fields of the Willamette Valley.
  • 5:30 PM Arrive back at the Hilton Portland & Executive Tower.
  • The cost of this day tour is $80.00 per person. The tour includes door-to-door transportation and the interpretive services of your ecotour guide. The tour will be exclusive for WEAI if the group size is 30 guests or more.