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“Must Do Excursion” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Columbia River Gorge

Columbia River Gorge
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Small Group Columbia Gorge Waterfalls and Wine Tour from Portland
Ranked #1 of 69 things to do in Hood River
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Owner description: The Columbia River Gorge, a 75-mile canyon through the Cascades, is a broad, picturesque river with water-controlling dams.
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“Must Do Excursion”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 15, 2013

Columbia River Gorge is one of the most popular destination for nature lovers in Oregon.

You drive along the Columbia river trough a magnificent gorge and a very beautiful road. Take Exit 17 off Fwy 84 and drive east on the Historic Columbia River Highway. This old road goes leisurely through lush green forest, with "stop and view" outlets near several falls, right near the highway. Just walk out and enjoy. The Historic Highway joins back the new Fwy 84 at Exit 31. Return then back to Portland or continue to Hood River. The whole round trip to From Portland can take 3-4 hours.

Visited May 2013
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Troutdale, Oregon
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“Eagle Creek Trail - Punchbowl Falls”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

Wasn't sure where to put this review. I think it should be its own attraction, but it seems to be grouped with either Hood River or Columbia River Gorge. So, I chose this "general attraction".

Eagle Creek Trailhead: Eastbound on I 84, Exit 41. We arrived around 1:30 on a Saturday and managed to find parking. You can purchase a parking pass in the main lot, $5. There is also selective parking along the road to the trailhead, but again, need to buy a pass. Read the signs for parking carefully. Rangers were placing parking tickets on vehicles when we were leaving!

There are four different hikes from this trailhead. We did the Punchbowl Falls hike. (4 miles roundtrip.) I would consider this an easy hike, some might say moderate. Wear proper shoes. Two of us wore Teva hiking sandals, the other two, tennis shoes. Lots of rocks sticking up from the trail! Great hike for families, but please hold little ones hands. Trail is VERY narrow at times with sheer drop offs on one side!! I would also keep your dog on a leash until you get to the falls.

It's easy to miss the trail that veers off toward Punchbowl. About 30-40 minutes in, start looking for a tree on the right that has a tiny little old sign that says, "trail". Take this trail. This will be a down hill hike for about a 1/2 mile. At the bottom, you will need to walk to the waters edge to see the falls. BTW, the water is COLD, but what a beautiful setting! Some people were swimming in the pool near the falls.

We enjoyed this hike. The falls are beautiful. I would suggest packing in some water if it's a warm day.

CAUTION: Jumping from the falls or the cliffs is NOT advisable! There are signs posted. (I know, big deal.) Today, we saw four jumpers. 2 from the falls and 2 off the cliffs. They were fine, but you can be seriously injured or killed. We also saw a young man, early 20s, laying on the rocks covered with towel surrounded by people trying to provide aid to him while paramedics were being called. I'm not sure what happened. (We passed the rescue workers on our way back and hope the young man is going to be O.K.. It was going to be a bumpy ride for him on that stretcher!) Last month a visitor lost his life after jumping into the falls.

Also, this is one of the friendliest trails we have hiked! Many "hellos"!

Visited July 2013
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Madison, al
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“Stunning views, awesome waterfalls, hiking, or easy walks!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 12, 2013

Beautiful scenic drive. Stopped at several waterfalls to take in amazing sights. Hood River great place to eat and watch kite boarding. Multnomah Falls not to be missed!

Visited July 2013
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San Diego
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 8, 2013

It had been 18 years since I last visited the Gorge and it is still stunning. Waterfalls, old growth forests, the Columbia river, tumbling streams, great restaurants, micro-brewerys, wine tasting and short and long hikes. Eagle River is one of my favorite hikes. Only down side can be traffic and parking around the falls on holidays or summer weekends like the Fourth weekend. One hint, most people drive the scenic bi-way from Portland West to East. Instead, take Interstate 84 to exit 35 and then drive the scenic bi-way East to West. Parking is still difficult, but traffic is much lighter.

Visited July 2013
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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2013

A must! One of the beat sites in the US. Lots of easy trails for families.... Quick drives and hikes.

Visited May 2013
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