Happy Ostara! Today is the spring equinox, and we are so excited to celebrate spring. No matter our age, we still love spring break. And being in the tourism industry, it’s like a never-ending delight from the beginning of March, when schools in Arizona start their spring breaks, until mid-April.
We couldn’t help ourselves — we had to get out into the Gorge more often. It’s so hard right now! Trail closures still outnumber trails that are opened. The wildfires that so badly affected the Oregon side of the Gorge over Labor Day weekend have trails closed throughout the Gorge with (our Forest Service contacts report) may not open until mid-summer.
As of March 24, we’re launching a much-needed first for the Gorge: a trailhead connection that functions somewhere halfway in between a shuttle and a tour. Our driver/guides are avid hikers themselves, and will provide background on the area as well as updates on trail conditions. We’ll take you out to trailheads so you can avoid the terrible parking conditions we’ve been experiencing on weekends already this year, and give you an opportunity to reach the trailhead if you don’t have access to a car.
Our initial service will include shuttles to Latourell Falls and trailheads at Beacon Rock and Hamilton Mountain. There is no more fitting way to celebrate the presence of spring than to hike the waterfall-laden trails, delighting in the new excitement of trilliums, bleeding hearts, the shoots of salmonberry, thimbleberry, huckleberry and devil’s club. The moss is heavy on the branches of Douglas-fir and Western redcedar and the ancient basalt flows are calling you to celebrate the rites of spring with these volcanic rocks as altar. Answer, with Cordilleran Tours.
Core-duh-LAIR-uhn. That’s how you say it. And this is why we use the name.
We are about active travel in and through our region: Portland Oregon, the Columbia Gorge, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, the Willamette Valley, the Oregon Coast, and farther afield too. “Active” can mean on bikes or hiking up steep trails; or it can mean simply engaging more deeply in the gardens, parks, pathways, coffee shops, restaurants, breweries, wineries, and all the other good things our region has to offer.
“Active” also means that we strive to provide the best options for individual car-free travel for visitors to our region; you shouldn’t have to rent a car to see almost anything here. With tours, hiking shuttles and our first-of-its-kind Bicycle Airport Express, we’re all about getting you from your arrival point in the city to all of the beautiful things this area has to offer without ever getting behind the wheel of a car.
Cordilleran Tours provides immersive, responsive, and instructive hiking, bicycling and vehicle tours meant to delight, educate and change its guests. Historical, sight-seeing, hiking, food, wine, spiritual, magical and sensual tours are meant to meet the needs of the visitors to Portland who have told our company founders, all experienced tour guides: “I want a tour like that!”; each designed as transformative experiences. Tours are designed to act like story plot, TED talk, and spiritual quest, connecting guests more deeply to the subject matter and the stories behind the usual stories of a place.
Cordilleran Tours delves more deeply — beyond the stories of the victors and despoilers — to find all the stories that make up a city, region, natural wonder or cultural feature, highlighting stories of the indigenous people and species, immigrants, laborers, makers, artists, dreamers and the land itself.
Reach us at 503-889-6410 or firstname.lastname@example.org.