The Hood-Columbia Loop: Timberline, Orchards, and Waterfalls

YEAR-ROUND

$139/ Person

 

9:00 am 8-9 hours Daily

Mt. Hood is the highest summit in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. It features waterfalls, glaciers, and historic Timberline Lodge, built by local artisans during the Great Depression, and featuring the longest ski season in the US. To the north of Mt. Hood is the Hood River Valley. You will get intimate with this area through a visit to Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, fruit stands in the Hood River Valley, downtown Hood River (your opportunity for lunch and/or alcoholic beverages), and breathtaking stops in the eastern and western Columbia River Gorge (Multnomah Falls included). Your expert guide will teach you about the natural and cultural history of the area, as you drive the Mt. Hood and Historic Columbia River Highway Scenic Byways.

DETAILS

$139 per person 

YEAR-ROUND:
9:00 AM – 5:00PM

Transportation: We consolidate to 3 pickup locations, but we do what we can to keep it a short commute from your hotel.

TOUR INCLUDES: 

  • Professional guide

  • Water & Snacks

PLEASE BRING:

  • Money: Gratuities are not included in the price of the tour (always appreciated)

  • Layers: Warm & dry layers for variable weather

  • Miscellaneous Gear: Shoes that are suitable for walking, hat (depending on weather), sunglasses, sunscreen (if sensitive), camera

Itinerary

This is a typical itinerary for this product:

Stop At: Mount Hood, Hood River, OR

Mt. Hood is a potentially active stratovolcano, the highest peak in Oregon, and the fourth highest in the Cascades. Not only is it known for its beauty, visible on the skyline of much of northern Oregon and southern Washington, but it is also the most climbed stratovolcano in the Cascades, easily accessible from Timberline Lodge, which is the only ski resort in the US that is open every month of the year. You will spend 1-2 hours at Timberline Lodge, on the mountain, just below the Palmer Glacier.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Timberline Lodge, 27500 E Timberline Rd, Government Camp, OR 97028

This Works Progress Administration project was dedicated by Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1937. It is one of the most unique, and expansive buildings in the State of Oregon, sitting on Mt. Hood above timberline, for utterly sublime views. You can divide your time among interpretive displays, food & drink venues, hiking in summer and snowplay in winter, as you like. The lodge is a National Historic Landmark, and the only ski resort in the US that is open every month of the year.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Draper Girls Country Farm, 6200 Highway 35 Mt. Hood, Parkdale, OR 97041-7752

Depending on the season, we’ll stop at this charming orchard store, where you can buy fresh fruit & preserves, pet the cats and goats, and get a spectacular shot of Mt. Hood, weather permitting.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Apple Valley Country Store, 2363 Tucker Rd, Hood River, OR 97031-9687

Depending on the season, we’ll stop at this homey country store, who not only sell fruit and preserves, but also homemade pies and huckleberry milkshakes!

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Port of Hood River, 720 E Port Marina Dr, Hood River, OR 97031-2345

Dubbed the “windsurfing capital” of the world, Hood River also has more breweries per capita than any other city in the US, and a plethora of tasting rooms, galleries, boutique shops, restaurants, and cafes. This is where you’ll spend your lunch hour.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area, Oregon

The 85-mile (137-km) long Columbia Gorge NSA features waterfalls, mountains, monoliths, terraces, resort towns, vineyards, orchards, the Columbia River, a plethora of birds, and a plant community that changes dramatically between the west and east ends.

Duration: 3 hours

Stop At: Rowena Crest Viewpoint, Old Columbia River Scenic Highway Mayer State Park, Mosier, OR 97040

The quintessential photo opportunity for the eastern Gorge.

Duration: 20 minutes

Pass By: Columbia River Highway, State Highway 30 from Troutdale to The Dalles, Troutdale, OR 97060

This 74-mile (123-km) long historic highway was inspired by the Axenstrasse in the Swiss Alps. These days one can no longer drive the entire highway, but we will drive portions of this picturesque, engineering marvel in both the eastern and western gorge, past basalt terraces and waterfalls.

Pass By: Bridge of the Gods, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Locks, OR 97014

Columbia River crossing for the Pacific Crest Trail, and lowest point on that trail. Named for a Native American legend that explains the local geology.

Pass By: Bonneville Lock & Dam, Cascade Locks, OR 97014-0150

Another National Historic Landmark, Bonneville Dam was the first Public Works Administration dam on the Columbia River, completed in 1938.

Pass By: Bonneville Hatchery, 70543 NE Herman Loop, Cascade Locks, OR 97014-6663

Largest hatchery in the state of Oregon.

Pass By: Elowah Falls, NE Frontage Rd John B Yeon State Park, Cascade Locks, OR 97014

A hidden beauty…watch quickly, or you might miss it!

Pass By: State Route 14 in Beacon Rock State Park, North Bonneville, WA

The fifth largest free-standing monolith in the world. It is an 848-ft (258-m) volcanic plug, composed of columnar basalt, so similar in size and composition to Devil’s Tower, Wyoming.

Pass By: Horsetail Falls- Columbia River Gorge, Columbia Gorge Map link, Hood River, OR

Don’t miss this quirky waterfall as we pass by!

Stop At: Multnomah Falls, 53000 E Historic Columbia River Hwy, Bridal Veil, OR 97010

The tallest waterfall in the state, with a combined height of 620 feet.

Duration: 30 minutes

Pass By: Wahkeena Falls, Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR

Another cute waterfall to watch for closely!

Pass By: Crown Point State Park, Not Available, Corbett, OR 97019

Once known as Thor’s Hammer, this geological feature towers above, with a crown-shaped building sitting atop, and a waterfall coming down the side.

Pass By: Rooster Rock State Park, Interstate 84 East, Corbett, OR 97019

As we pass by, view the rock that inspired North America’s oldest continuously running nudist beach!

Pass By: Sandy River, Oregon

We’ll cross the Sandy River between the Columbia Gorge and Willamette Valley. The Sandy’s headwaters is a glacier on Mt. Hood, and the river is known for its Steelhead and Chinook runs. As a result, the Sandy is one of three tributaries of the Columbia who’s dams have been removed since 2007.

Client Reviews

Excellent
Based on 21 reviews
Nagalingeswaran Veerapa
Nagalingeswaran Veerapa
2023-03-08
It was last minute decision for and glad took the tour. Marcus was very informative ( and great chat as well) with regards to Portland history and also it the geological landscapes ( very interesting if you are keen on the subject) of the area that we are visiting. He also does explain the native cultural narrative of Mount Hood (WyEast) , Mt.Adams and Mt Helens. He also shows apart from the famous waterfalls ( Multnomaf Falls) , there are other water falls when passing by. Also, watch out for some beaver bridge which he will occasionally show when there is one. As for wine tasting, it was 1st time experience for me. All in all ( my main take is the Mount Hood/Timberline and others were a bonus for me) , if you would like to relax and enjoy the scenery, this is recommended. Please take note the timing and distance.
Charles Althoff
Charles Althoff
2022-11-05
Our driver was professional and fun. We had a great time!
Fernando Lopez
Fernando Lopez
2022-10-22
Tour guide was very informative and best parking to meet up with the tour guide is Paramount Hotel.
Chris Williams
Chris Williams
2022-08-25
What an amazing tour company!! I booked a wine tasting tour around Hood river and Mt. Hood for my girlfriends birthday and Terran Travels and Ben, our tour guide, did not disappoint! Ben was very friendly and informative of all of the areas we went through. The places we stopped at were all very nice with very tasty wines, and we even stopped at a little farmers market place which was very cool and we loved it! Ben went out of his way to make sure my girlfriends special day was even more amazing and I can not thank him enough! This tour is truly unforgettable and we will definitely return! Thank you Terran travels and Ben for the amazing tour and for making my girlfriends birthday even more amazing!
Tom Penn
Tom Penn
2022-07-03
Great tour with terran - very knowledgeable tour guide and a full packed day!
Pauline Daly
Pauline Daly
2022-02-16
Highly recommend this tour. Spend a day on a hike to ten falls trail silver falls and afterwards went wine tasting. First of all Marcus our tour guide was punctual and a very pleasant guy. He drove us up to the falls and was a mind of information regarding terrain, geology weather influences and local history. We arrived and were brought on out trail. He was so patient as I love taking pictures and he waited patiently for me to get the shots I needed. Stopping along the way to point out the habitat and influences of other species and history of the formation of the park. We were treated to beautiful scenery and spectacular waterfalls. On completing hike Marcus had a beautiful packed lunch ready for us. It was so tasty and went down a treat. We packed up and proceeded to the wine tasting. On our journey Marcus was a mind if information regarding grapes, weather, terrain types of wine associated with the region. We visited two places of interest and enjoyed the experience. Dropped off to our hotel and didn't have the worry of having to drive as we enjoyed our wine. If you are in the Portland area and need a good guide Marcus is your man.a gentleman and a encyclopedia of facts and information. Will be my first choice when I'm back again.
Jitain Raheja
Jitain Raheja
2021-09-08
We took the Coast tour with Marcus today.. We loved the tour... Marcus was very Professional and shared quite a few insightful details along the drive.. the itinerary was good and we got to see a few beautiful points of view... it was relaxed... we didn't feel rushed... the weather was beautiful and it def made our day... would definitely recommend them.
Elizabeth Stelz
Elizabeth Stelz
2021-08-10
Took 2 tours... Willamette valley wine tour (3 wineries with lunch) and Mt Hood with 2 wineries and a couple of other stops. Note that these tours do not include the tasting fees. Both tours were very enjoyable.
Melanie Belote
Melanie Belote
2021-07-16
We had Phil, who was very well researched and knowledgeable on the city! He was very courteous, and spoke in a clear and concise manner! Very easy to understand and he answered all our questions. I'm glad we took the tour, because I would not have been able to navigate the city traffic.
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