Bike the Columbia Gorge: Waterfalls and Scenic Roads

Tours & Sightseeing in South Carolina

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Bike and hike both ends of the Historic Columbia River Highway on this intense experience across the gamut of Oregon geology and climactic zones. Start with 3-6 miles in the wet, waterfall-laden Western Columbia Gorge (includes short hikes to waterfalls) and then we drive east of Hood River for 5-9 miles of the gorgeous, sinuous arid end of the old highway in what we call a wildlife playground: bald eagles, deer, and more! Tour includes vegetarian lunch, snacks, and coffee or tea, as well as fitted bike and helmet. One of our enthusiastic guides will ride along with you; this is the only fully-supported gorge bike tour available! (Please note most of our ride is on historic highways that do have moderate vehicle traffic in busy seasons.)
ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Cordilleran Tours, Portland, OregonWe'll fit you for bikes, load them onto the van, and then begin our trip together.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Portland Women's Forum State Scenic ViewpointView an expansive vista of the Columbia River Gorge, take photos, and hear the story of the way the waterfalls were created before getting on your bikes and beginning to ride.Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Vista House, Corbett, OregonIf opening schedule allows, visit the most beautiful rest stop in Oregon, take a walk to the upper deck, learn about the architectural history, and enjoy what could be the most expensive public bathroom in the Pacific Northwest.Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Latourell Falls, Corbett, OregonGet off your bike and walk to the base of the stunning plunge-style waterfalls, which tumbles over layers of 15 million-year-old columnar and entablature basalt frosted with lichens. Duration: 15 minutesStop At: Bridal Veil Falls State Park, Corbett, OregonPut your bikes away for a while and take the short (1 km) hike to view Bridal Veil Falls, a double-cascade waterfall that was once the center for lumber operations here.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Multnomah Falls, Bridal Veil, OregonMultnomah Falls is the tallest waterfall in the state and one of the most impressive, and most photographed, waterfalls in the U.S. If you're chasing waterfalls: this is the one many are seeking to catch. We'll stop briefly at the falls for photos and the 1/4 mile / 1/2 km hike to the iconic Benson Bridge (if desired).Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Hood River Waterfront ParkWe'll stop in Hood River, wind surfing capital of the U.S., to pick up lunch before getting on our bicycles again.Duration: 25 minutesStop At: Mosier Twin TunnelsWe'll ride the famous Historic Columbia River Highway from its Hood River western end, the beautifully scenic Mosier Twin Tunnels.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Mosier, OregonWe'll ride through the sweet town of Mosier and up into the eastern Columbia Gorge's wine country; with a side of cherry trees, stopping (in season) to pick up cherries or taste wine if desired and time allows.Stop At: Rowena Crest Viewpoint, Mosier, OregonRowena Crest is the eastern pinnacle of the Columbia River Gorge, with wildflowers in season and some of the best road bicycle riding in the world; nearly empty of vehicles and with stunning views everywhere you look. In season, wildflowers abound!Duration: 10 minutesStop At: Mayer State Park, Mosier, OregonWe'll finish our ride at Mayer State Park, stopping to watch windsurfers launching their boards (if the wind is right). If we haven't stopped to eat our lunches yet, we'll do it here, before heading back to Portland.Duration: 20 minutes

What’s included

  • Fitted bicycle
  • Helmet
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
  • Coffee or tea
  • Professional cycling guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)

What’s not included

  • Gratuities (always appreciated)