Columbia River Gorge

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Columbia River Gorge
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Canyons • Geologic Formations
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The Columbia River Gorge, a 75-mile canyon through the Cascades, is a broad, picturesque river with water-controlling dams.
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X3594UCjackk
Fukuoka, Japan34 contributions
Aug 2021
Visiting some of the falls along the Columbia River Gorge is a must for visitors to the area. If you are driving a rental car, as I was, I would forget about parking in any of the small lots provided for the main falls found on Route 30. I would use one of the shuttle services just off the highway exit from Portland. I chose Sasquatch which costs $10 per person plus $5 to park. There are port-a-potties there. A bus departs every 45 minutes to take you to the big falls along Route 30. The bus runs on a loop, so you can ride to each falls site. Bridal Veil falls is 150 yards up hill from the parking lot, and the Bridal Veil Post Office, the oldest in the the state is nearby. If you are ready for a 2/3 mile hike, I'd recommend getting off at Wahkeena Falls and hiking, mostly downhill, to Multnomah Falls, the biggest. That's where you'll find food and restrooms. Then take the bus to Horsetail Falls and back to your car.
Written August 12, 2021
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RonCentralCA
Capitola, CA571 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
The gorge is often associated with places and activities along its route, from Wenatchee in Washington down to its mouth in both Washington and Oregon. But driving along its length is enough of a venture, as it narrows and flows faster, and widens to glide by down to the ocean.
Driving east along its bottom I suggest hwy 12 on the Washington side for a slower more relaxed pace. Once past Vancouver / Portland, you may cross in the gorge at Bonneville, Hood River or further east at the Dalles.
If you choose the Hood River crossing, make sure you note that the 1924 steel bridge has only two very narrow lanes. The open steel roadbed shifts your vehicle slightly side to side as you drive. Larger vehicles crossing unknowingly may have to ride against the right guard rail to barely allow crossing traffic to pass (even a large personal truck).
A $2 cash fee is collected on the Oregon side, for either direction of travel. Unless you have a pass, approach the toll booth lane. Warning: there is no turnaround once you approach the bridge on either end - you are committed.
Written September 8, 2020
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CraftBeers
Plano, TX24,855 contributions
Oct 2021
The Columbia River Gorge is spectacular. It is worth a half or full day to see it all. The best parts start outside of Portland along I-84 eastbound. It parallels the Columbia River and ends at Hood River. It's approximately 40 miles long one way and takes about an hour to drive or two hours for a round trip.

Having visited the area you are not experiencing the best parts if you skip stops along the way and only do a drive by. I highly recommend visiting Wahkeena and Multnomah Falls. The hikes are less than a half mile round trip. The paths are easy and the views are stunning.

There are more falls to visit, but they have longer hikes that take time. You should have proper shoes and water for those hikes.

The single biggest issue with every stop is parking and crowds. My personal recommendation is to go in the spring or fall when it's off season. We were able to find parking right at the falls. There is no way we would have been able to park in the middle of the summer. Consider using a shuttle out of Portland that does hop on/hop off all day if you are visiting in peak summer season. The shuttles stop running out of season.
Written October 12, 2021
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Mark & Jennifer D
17 contributions
Mar 2021 • Solo
The Columbia River Gorge has to be one of the best places for landscape photography. Strongly recommend spending several days hiking to the various waterfalls. It is well worth the effort. The weather can frequently be wet, windy and cold so recommend dressing appropriately.
Written April 2, 2021
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taylor m
1 contribution
Aug 2021
My family of 4 rented the Ebikes to tour the 5 waterfalls and it was fantastic. We picked up the bikes at a meeting spot near Bridal Falls, there is no store front, but a pull off which was easy to find. Taylor gave us a quick overview of how the bikes work. He also gave us very helpful tips on what to do and what to see. We rented the bikes for 4.5 hours but didn't need that much time. We did pack a lunch and enjoyed eating at the Overlook in Bridal Falls. The bikes allowed us to see all the falls in a fun and easy manner. They were easy to ride and we felt very safe the whole time. We highly recommend renting from Ebike Multnomah!
Written August 31, 2021
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SCoFoSho
Fort Lauderdale, FL5 contributions
May 2019
This beautiful gem is right off the highway about 30-45 minutes outside of Portland. Its a must see if you are in the area. You can park and walk over for a quick view, or hike up to the top for a longer for active experience. This is accessible at the bottom and has a snack bar for small bites and drinks.
Written January 2, 2020
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Kathryn H
Sonoma, CA428 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
Driving from California to Washington State, the route took us along the Columbia River for many miles. The area is incredibly beautiful. It was fascinating to see how the river creates the many distinctive layers through the earth during the thousands of years of the formation of the Gorge. At times viewing the flow of the River and the River’s sculpting of the rocks, was mesmerizing!

Written June 28, 2020
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
Oct 2020
The route through the Columbia River Gorge takes one along the Columbia River for many miles. The area is incredibly beautiful, with forests, waterfalls, and streams to take in. It is fascinating to see how the river created the many distinctive layers through the earth during the thousands of years of the formation of the Gorge. There is no shortage of paces to stop for photos, sustenance, or any other needs. The beauty and splendid scenery of the entire gorge is mesmerizing, magnificent and most memorable.
Written October 22, 2020
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Melanie D
Portland, OR33 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
I love this hotel Not just because it is such a beautiful building on an amazing property. The quality I guess service has always been the highest throughout the years when I have visited it. When I cannot find the bottle of wine I want it in the gift shop during a late check in the front desk guys went down into the seller to get me what I wanted. After a long day is driving returning from a road trip this was really appreciated!
Written July 2, 2020
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Boutip
Gatineau, Canada615 contributions
Aug 2019
We visited the 7 falls that are located right beside the Hood river. They are all gorgeous but also somewhat similar so you may want to skip the smaller ones. Most of the falls allow you to walk all the way up by using staircase but be warned that some will require a good physical condition as they are pretty steep. Parking can also get pretty crowded during high season.
Written March 6, 2020
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