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Crater Lake - Seven Wonders of Oregon

Chasing Waterfalls and the Seven Wonders of Oregon

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OVERVIEW

Oregon’s landscape is diverse with a windswept Pacific coastline, the volcano-studded Cascade Range, and abundant bodies of water in and west of the Cascades, combined with dense evergreen forests at lower elevations and a high desert sprawling across much of its east all the way to the Great Basin. North America’s deepest lake and the purest large body of water in the world, Crater Lake, can also be found here. On this 7-day multisport adventure, we will hike and kayak as we explore the unparalleled diversity in the landscapes and beauty of Oregon. Get set for big-time fun in the Pacific Northwest and discover why Oregon is a destination worthy of exploration!

ADVENTURE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover why Portland is known as Bike City USA
  • Explore the largest urban forest in the United States
  • Relax in the soothing warm waters of the Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs
  • Explore Oregon’s magnificent waterfalls
  • Discover the blue waters of Crater Lake National Park, the deepest lake in America and one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon
  • Kayak on the glassy water of Cascade Lakes surrounded by the Three Sister, Broken Top and Paulina Peaks
  • Explore the inside of a lava tube cave
  • See why US Congress recognizes the Columbia River Gorge as a National Scenic Area and why it’s one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon

TRAVEL DURING COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our travelers, trip leaders, and suppliers remain our priority.  We have chosen to implement ATTA’s COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines, developed in collaboration with Cleveland Clinic, across all travel club trips. For our scheduled trips, we will require a negative COVID test or proof of vaccination, once they are widely available. If you cannot obtain a test locally, you can purchase one by mail for $109 from Everlywell (receive 25% off with this link https://bit.ly/2MdtOLf). If we have to cancel a tour, you will receive a full credit or refund, your choice. For more information about traveling during a pandemic, please refer to our COVID-19 Travel Resources.

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Portland

Today is arrival day and there are no planned activities, so you are free to arrive in Portland at any time. Upon arrival, you can take a taxi or an Uber/Lyft to the hotel, or you can opt to take the MAX light rail to downtown. You’ll have the rest of the day free to explore the city on your own and possibly check out some of the city’s incredible breweries, restaurants, and the local music scene. Portland is known as Bike City, USA with 315 miles of bikeways and 145 square miles of exciting things to do, eat, drink, see, hike, and explore. It is the best way to see the city.

Overnight at Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Pearl District

Day 2: McKenzie River National Recreation area/ Eugene

Today, we’ll head south to Eugene for some hiking and waterfall exploring! Our first stop will be the McKenzie River Waterfall Loop Trail to see Sahalie Falls and Koosah Falls. This is a 3-mile trail at 2800ft elevation and is part of the McKenzie River National Recreation Area. It follows the McKenzie River as it flows over two spectacular waterfalls and cascades into whitewater.

From here, we’ll continue to Proxy Falls, one of the stream’s cascades into two separate shimmering veils dropping 226 feet. It’s two of the most unique waterfalls in Oregon and among the most frequently photographed. It’s an easy to moderate 1.5-mile loop to see both falls.

Afterward, we’ll soak in the natural mineral waters at Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs. As you walk the ¼ mile trail to this natural hot spring, you are enveloped in the dark hues of primeval woodland, touched by mottled light filtering down from treetops high above and the invigorating scene of the lagoon and the gorgeous Rider Creek waterfall spilling into it. Six tranquil pools are spaced apart by rock walls laid out in steps down a ravine. Temperatures range from 85 degrees in the lower pool to 112 degrees in the upper pool. The pools are 3-12 feet across and an average of 2-3 feet deep. The pool floors are mostly bedrock but some gravel, sand, and debris remain at the bottom of the pool.

This evening, we’ll spend the night in Eugene, a diverse and friendly city in the south end of the Willamette Valley between two small buttes, and beside the scenic Willamette River.

INCLUDED:
Meals: Breakfast

— McKenzie River Waterfall Loop Trail (3-mile loop, 400ft elevation gain, easy)
— Hike to Proxy Falls (1.5 miles, easy)
— Visit Terwilliger (Cougar) Hot Springs (.25 miles, easy)

Estimated travel time: 4.5 hours
Overnight at EVEN Hotel Eugene

Day 3: Crater Lake National Park 

There’s a legend in Oregon that when the first Crater Lake visitors with color cameras took their photos to be developed, they were reimbursed for what Kodak assumed was an error in the printing process. Little did Kodak know, the impossibly bright blue hue of Oregon’s Crater Lake was, in fact, real. From high atop the rim of Crater Lake, you can see what a wonder the world really is. A hike down to the water reveals new wonders. The water is so blue, so deep, it’s no surprise it’s the deepest lake in America, and one of the deepest on earth. That’s why it’s one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.

Upon arrival, we will check into our hotel located right on the lake and then hit the trails. There are more than 90 miles of hiking trails, ranging from easy to strenuous. The trailhead of the Garfield Peak Trail is located directly behind the Crater Lake Lodge in the Rim Village. This 3.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail is rated as moderate with an elevation gain of 1,069 feet. It features stunning views that make this hike one of those “don’t miss” opportunities if you are visiting the park. In summer, meadows here bloom with lupine, paintbrush, and arnica.

The trail makes a couple of short switchbacks and then two more as it climbs the crumbling ridge of Castle Crest, here composed of volcanic breccia. Continue across an exposed face, making two more short switchbacks, and listen for pikas squeaking in the talus below. Switchback up and loop back in a meadow that blooms with seep-spring arnica in the summer. Keep heading up along the ridge crest, or just below it, as you reach a zone of scattered whitebark pines with a few subalpine firs. Through mid-summer, there will still be large patches of snow on the trail here. When the path ascends the ridge crest, you will see various fantastic breccia formations on the steep slope leading down to the edge of the lake. Then, the path keeps to the south side of the crest before it switchbacks up and traverses to the summit area of Garfield Peak. The views here extend in all directions.

The rest of the day will be free, at your leisure. You may choose to do another hike along the rim, a boat tour, or take the shuttle to Wizard Island, a 763-foot cinder cone created when Crater Lake first filled with water after the volcano collapsed.

INCLUDED:
Meals: Breakfast

— Garfield Peak Trail (3.4 miles, 1,069ft elevation gain, moderate)

Estimated travel time: 2.5 hours
Overnight at Crater Lake Lodge

Day 4: Cascade Lakes/ Newberry National Volcanic Monument/ Bend

This morning, we’ll journey into the mighty Cascade Range to paddle the glassy waters of a spectacular mountain lake. Led by a naturalist guide to highlight the sweet spots on these stunning lakes that might not initially meet the eye. Be sure to watch for otter, mink, osprey, and eagles, and bring a camera for the best mountain views in Central Oregon! We’ll spend about two hours on the water to soak in the surrounding natural beauty. Wear your swimsuit for a refreshing dip! You’ll see parts of these large lakes that are only accessible by paddling into the fingers, coves, bays, and wetlands created by ancient eruptions and erosion. Surrounded by the Three Sisters, Broken Top, or Paulina Peak, kayaking provides the ultimate experience in this area.

On our way to Bend, we’ll stop at Newberry National Volcanic Monument and explore the inside of a lava tube on this subterranean trail. A full mile long, this self-guided tour runs through an incredible environment and geology. The average temperature in the cave is 42⁰F, so dress accordingly.

This evening, we’ll explore some of the local breweries in Bend. In this little mountain town of more than 87,000 people, Bend has more breweries per-capita than any other city in Oregon and has been dubbed Beer Town USA! If beer isn’t your thing, that’s okay. Bend’s growing selection of distilleries and wineries are a great way to quench your thirst for adult beverages.

INCLUDED:
Kayaking Tour at Cascade Lakes
Visit Lava River Cave at Newberry National Volcanic Monument

Estimated travel time: 1.5 hours
Overnight at Riverhouse on the Deschutes

Day 5: Bend

Central Oregon has some of the most spectacular and beautiful hikes in the country, if not the planet. In continuing with our chasing of waterfalls, today we’ll see the most popular waterfall located within the Bend city limits, the 90-foot Tumalo Falls. The North Fork Trail carries you up the creek as you gradually climb higher. The waterfall display doesn’t fade, however, and several other pretty cascades tumble and splash before you peel off up the Middle Fork Tumalo Creek, where there are yet more waterfalls, none of them officially named.
Continue to the top of the falls and follow a wonderful trail system to Double Falls and Upper Falls and then North Fork Falls, and Spring Creek Falls to complete the 7-mile loop.

This evening, we’ll enjoy more of this vibrant, hip, cosmopolitan mountain town and possibly head to the Old Mill District for dinner and a walk along the Deschutes River.

— Hike Tumalo Falls Loop (6.8 mile loop, 1,217ft elevation gain, moderate)

Overnight at Riverhouse on the Deschutes

Day 6: Columbia River Gorge/ Portland

As we make our way back to Portland, we’ll discover Multnomah Falls and dozens of other falls like Horsetail, Ponytail, and Bridal Veil along the Historic Columbia River Highway. Carved by the great Missoula Floods, the Columbia River Gorge is a stunning landscape full of breathtaking vistas and abundant waterfalls. Touring the Gorge is easily one of the most scenic routes you can take in all of Oregon. With its charming orchards and vineyards and Hood River’s laid-back, surf-town vibe, the area seems like another world, though it’s only an hour from downtown Portland. Thanks to its unique geography, US Congress recognized the unique splendor of the Gorge and designated it a National Scenic Area, the largest in America. And when you see if for yourself, you’ll understand why it’s one of the 7 Wonders of Oregon.

— Visit Multnomah Falls, Horsetail, Ponytail and Bridal Veil Waterfalls

Estimated travel time: 4 hours driving
Overnight at Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton – Pearl District

Day 7: Portland/ Departure (B)

Today is departure day and there are no planned activities. If you have time, you can tick-off any last-minute shopping or sightseeing you might like to do before your departure. At the appropriate time, you will take an Uber/Lyft or a taxi to the airport.

INCLUDED:
Meals: Breakfast

Trip Leader/Driver
All Accommodations: 3-4 star hotel
Meals: 3 Breakfasts
Van Transportation for the entire trip
All necessary permits
Kayak Tour at Cascades Lake

Airfare to/from Portland Airport (PDX)
Airport taxes and excess baggage fees
Airport Transfers
Beverages & Meals not specified
Optional Activities
Gratuities for your local guides
Personal Expenses
Travel Insurance

The planned hikes are all rated easy to moderate, with the longest being just over 7 miles. This trip is intended for those with an average level of fitness to enjoy. You should be comfortable being active approximately 3-5 hours a day.  Additionally, there will be a few long drives, approximately 2.5-4.5 hours in a  passenger van, but this will be the perfect time to get to know your fellow passengers.

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Travel insurance is mandatory to participate in any of our international trips. The minimum requirement must provide coverage of $200,000USD for medical expenses including repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment, and loss of luggage and personal effects. Some credit card companies offer travel insurance, but proof of coverage will be required. Contact your provider for details.

FAQ

Absolutely! Our travel club trips are designed for the solo traveler. We offer free roommate matching so you are never required to pay for a single supplement and will match you with a same-sex roommate. However, if you would like to have your own room, you will need to pay the single supplement fee.

Our itineraries are designed to offer some flexibility in the schedule and could change without notice if the weather becomes an issue. It is best to always be prepared for the weather.

We’ll be traveling from destination to destination in a 12-15 passenger van.

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ITINERARY DISCLAIMER

Adventure People reserves the right to modify trip itineraries at the discretion of your tour director as necessary due to weather, conditions, illness, injury, group dynamics, safety, or other unforeseen incidents. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary.

PAYMENT POLICIES

Our travel club trips require a NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of 25% of the total trip cost in order to reserve your spot. You will have the option to pay the deposit or the entire balance at booking. Payment is due in full 90-days prior to the start date. If you book a trip within the 90-day timeframe, payment will be due in full in order to reserve your spot. Pricing is based on double/triple occupancy. Solo travelers are never required to pay a single supplement fee unless you want your own room. Adventure People offers roommate matching to pair you with a same-sex roommate. Should there be an odd number of men to women, you may be asked to join a triple occupancy room if you are one of the last to sign up. If you’d prefer to have your own room, please be sure to add a single supplement to your reservation when you book.

CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

All cancellations must be advised in writing. We calculate your refund on the day we received written notice of cancellation. The applicable cancellation fees shall be determined with reference to the date on which the request to cancel is received by Adventure People. All refunds will be processed within a few days of your cancellation. Cancellation of a tour or failure to join a tour will result in retention of funds by Adventure People, as follows:

91+ days prior to departure: Full deposit shall be held by Adventure People
90 to 61 days prior to departure: Full deposit and 50% of the total trip price shall be held by Adventure People
60 days prior to departure: Full deposit and 100% of the total trip price shall be held by Adventure People

No exceptions will be granted to our Cancellation Policy.

We reserve the right to cancel trips with inadequate participant attendance, in which case all money paid to Adventure People will be fully refunded. Adventure People CANNOT be held responsible for any personal expenses, such as airline tickets due to changes in itineraries or tour cancellations.

COVID-19 POLICIES: Please refer to our COVID-19 POLICIES for details.

Please be advised, Adventure People reserves the right to decline or dismiss any person as a tour participant should such a person’s behavior, health, or mental condition impede the operation of the trip.

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Date

Jun 29 2021 - Jul 05 2021

Cost

$1,850.00

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