This all day trip will explore the wine and wildflowers of the Columbia River gorge. We'll start the day with a hike in the Catherine Creek Wilderness, known for its beautiful spring flowers. Afterwards, we'll stop at a couple wineries on the Washington side of the Columbia river. SE Washington has a hot dry climate for growing many different varietals that can't grow in Oregon. We'll then head across to Oregon at the Dalles for lunch at the famous Baldwin saloon.
I'll give you a little background on the Dalles before we head back towards Portland along the Old Columbia River highway, stopping at the Tom McCall Nature preserve for another walk through more wildflowers. Rounding out our trip will be a stop in Hood River where we can walk around and sample wines at the Naked Winery tasting room. Bring your cameras and your fresh pallet for a day of wonderful sights and tastes.
Because this is more of a sightseeing tour, we will not spend too much time hiking (no more than 1 hour at each location). You are welcome to go on a short stroll or stay close to the car, depending on how much effort you feel like putting out.
We should be back at Gateway between 6-7pm.
Possible winery visits include:
- Columbia Gorge Winery
- Memaloose Wines
- Naked Winery
- Cathedral Ridge
All events start promptly at time indicated. Bring rain gear if it rains.
Cost is $20 per person and does not include tasting fees. We will carpool from Gateway so bring gas money for drivers.