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Columbia River Gorge & Mount Hood Family Multi-Adventure Tour - Older Teens & 20s
Oregon's Iconic Peak, Lakes & Waterfalls
Oregon is a land of exquisite natural beauty and diverse pleasures. Like hiking up to a wildflower-filled meadow on Mount Hood. Enjoying peaceful slumber at an iconic high-alpine retreat that is also a showcase of regional craftsmanship. Or biking along the Historic Columbia River Gorge Highway lined with dramatic cliffs, thick forests and roaring waterfalls. Add kayaking, local microbrews and farm-to-table cuisine—Oregon has it all!
THIS ITINERARY: 6 days, 5 nights
ACCOMMODATIONS: Casual Hotels
Special Kids Prices
Start: Portland / End: Portland
Start/End locations may vary. Do not book flights until your trip details are confirmed.
- Journey into the heart of the pristine Oregon wilderness to discover snowcapped peaks, sparkling lakes and lush rain forests
- Hike on Mount Hood, a dormant stratovolcano and the highest peak in Oregon, known as Wy'east to the native Multnomah people
- Explore the Columbia River Gorge and marvel at its dramatic landscape of dense forest, abundant waterfalls and high basalt cliffs
- Pedal the winding and rolling routes of the spectacular Historic Columbia River Highway, a Bicycling magazine "must ride"
6 Days Casual Hotels
Start your adventure in Portland, near the confluence of the mighty Columbia and Willamette Rivers | Introduce yourself to the epic Columbia River Gorge with a hike that visits a waterfall | Relax by the remarkable six-sided, 92-foot stone fireplace at Timberline Lodge, our rustic high-alpine retreat | Start your day with a hearty breakfast, then hit the trail from the doorstep of the lodge | Make your way across groves of hemlock, past waterfalls and through a dramatic canyon to beautiful wildflower-filled meadows | Savor the evening alpenglow on Mount Hood then slumber above the tree line at 6,000 feet.
An architectural wonder and national historic landmark, this iconic high-alpine retreat on the south side of Mount Hood is a showcase of Oregon craftsmanship, a monument to the public works legacy of FDR and a destination unto itself. (pool)
Travel through the lush Hood River Valley, one of the most prolific fruit-growing regions in the world, to the magnificent Columbia River Gorge | Get to know the town Hood River, with its plethora of microbreweries and organic eateries | Cycle a beautiful winding and rolling path offering breathtaking views of the gorge | Breeze through the famous windowed Twin Tunnels leading to the town of Mosier, surrounded by cherry orchards | Retreat to the comfort of hotel on the shoreline of the Columbia River.
This comfortable riverside resort, part of the Best Western Plus collection, celebrates mid-century design featuring panoramic views of the Columbia River Gorge. (pool)
Spend the morning on a tributary of the fourth-largest river in America, kayaking the same waters Lewis & Clark navigated over 200 years ago | Marvel at how a trickle of snowmelt in the Canadian Rockies can dramatically transform the landscape over the course of 1,200 miles to the Pacific | Venture to the Washington side of the gorge, visited by Lewis and Clark during their Corps of Discovery Expedition | Delight in the amenities of our modern resort, nestled among 175 wooded acres in the Columbia Gorge National Scenic area | Lace up your hiking boots and venture into a deep emerald canyon of a lush temperate rain forest | Hike along trails that were blasted into the hillside of a gnarled old-growth forest above Eagle Creek | Check out Punchbowl Falls as it plunges into a blue-green ferny grotto | Cross a dramatic bridge looming 120 feet above a narrow moss-lined gorge | Cruise on two wheels on a path along the Columbia River Gorge whose vertical basalt walls are graced with the greatest concentration of waterfalls in North America | Follow the graceful curves of the route passing lush green forest and rare endemic plants.
A magnificent mountain resort nestled on 175 wooded acres offering spectacular views of the Columbia River and Cascade Mountains. (pool, spa)
The earlier you book, the more choice you'll have and the lower your price. And you can always change your mind — you won't be charged to transfer to a different trip before your final payment is due. View cancellation policy
Click on dates for pricing, itinerary variations and to book your trip. Price is per person, double occupancy.
Activity Level: 1-4
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do. LEARN MORE.
Available Bike Options
- All breakfasts, 6 lunches, 4 dinners
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
This trip includes a stay at both the historic Timberline Lodge and the mid-century Hood River Inn. We've chosen these casual properties because of their dramatic natural settings and close proximity to our favorite hiking and biking routes. Please note that guest rooms and service may be simpler than the typical Backroads standard; the Timberline Lodge, situated at nearly 6,000 feet of elevation, is not equipped with air-conditioning.
The U.S. Forest Service limits the size of all groups in Mt. Hood National Forest. For our hikes on Day 2, your leaders will provide pre-walk briefings, maps and directions so you can explore on your own. We appreciate your cooperation with the forest's regulations.