FAQ’s for Gorge Explorer Shuttle

1. What days of the week do you run?

Answer:  In 2016 we operate Thursdays through Sundays each week.  See the dates of operation on the appropriate web page.  We  ask that you make reservations for the Shuttle.  If by 9 pm the evening before we have no reservations we will cancel the tour departure for that next day.

2. What time do the tours begin each day?

Answer: The Shuttle departs Portland at 8:30 am from in front of Nordstrom’s on the corner of SW Broadway and SW Yamhill in downtown Portland.  Plan on arriving at no later than 8:20 am to meet the driver of the coach.  The Shuttle departs two locations in Troutdale according the schedule.

3.  How much does it cost?

Answer: Full day pass from Portland – Adults $39, Youth (6-12) $20, Children under 6 are free.   Full day pass from Troutdale – Adults $25.00 , Youth (6-12) $13, Children under 6 are free.  Half Day Pass from Troutdale – Adults $19.00, Youth (6-12) $10.00  – The half day pass is only available only on the 12:30 and 2:00 departures from Troutdale.

4.  Where do I buy my ticket and get on the tour?

Answer: Please buy your ticket online and meet the driver at the pickup point you select.  Tickets are available from the driver depending on space availability.

5. Is this a narrated tour?

Answer: No it is not.  If you are desiring a narrated tour please consider our Multnomah Falls & Columbia River Gorge Tour.

6. How late does the Shuttle run in the afternoon?

Answer: Please see the schedule page.  As a courtesy to other guests please be on time at the stops if you plan to board.  The Shuttle will depart on time from the stops and will not turn around to pick up late guests.  If it is the last Shuttle of the day it is a long way back to Portland.

7. Where does the Shuttle stop and for how long?

Answer: The Shuttle stops at each stop as close to the schedule as possible.  The only stop that it stays for any length of time is at Vista House.  This stop is scheduled for 5 minutes to allow a quick scenic view and picture.  All other stops are just long enough to unload and load guests.  See the schedule page for the list of current stops.

8. How long are the trails to the various sights and what is their condition?

Answer:

  • Stop 1: Crown Point with its Vista House – Adjacent to the bus parking area and all walking areas are paved.  Vista House has some stairwells to the interpretative center and restrooms but an elevator is available.
  • Stop 2. Latourell Falls – The Falls features two paved trails to two viewing areas. One trail rises somewhat steeply for approximately 200 feet to a viewing area.  The other trail descends very gradually for approximately 600 feet to the base of the falls.   The falls can also be viewed from the parking area.
  • Stop 3. Bridal Veil Falls –
  • Stop 4. Angels Rest – 
  • Stop 5. Wahkenna Falls – 
  • Stop 6: Multnomah Falls and Lodge – The Lodge and lower falls are wheelchair accessible from the bus parking area with paved walkways.  The Lodge is approximately 200 feet from the coach parking area with the lower falls viewing area another 300 feet beyond the Lodge.   The falls are easily visible from the Lodge so the additional 300 foot walk is not required to view the falls.
  • Stop 7: Oneonta Trailhead – 
  • Stop 8: Horsetail Falls – 

9. Are there restrooms at the stops and on board the bus?

Answer: There are public restrooms at some of the trail heads and attractions.  There is not a restroom on the bus.

10. Is there a handicapped wheelchair lift available?

Answer: The bus is a low floor bus and is equipped with a wheelchair ramp.  Please advise us in advance if you would like to use this ramp to board.

11. Are tours ever cancelled because of inclement weather or for any other reason?

Answer: Tours will not be cancelled due to rain.   Tours will be cancelled if there are no reservations by 9 PM the evening before.

12. I am staying near the Convention Center, how do I get to and from the Portland departure point?

Answer: The MAX Light Rail Line provides transportation ($2.50 per person) from four Eastside Stations to Pioneer Courthouse Square. Three different lines serve the stations to Pioneer Courthouse Square so board any of the west bound trains headed to Downtown Portland.  The Blue and Red Lines will bring you right to the Square where as the Green Line will result in a 1 block walk to the Square.

The trains run approximately every 10 to 15 minutes on weekdays and every 15 to 20 minutes on weekends and holidays, but because you can use any one of the three lines servicing the Convention Center Station, the wait is rarely longer than 5 minutes.

The stations starting from the furthest East, their addresses, the transit times and number of stops to Pioneer Courthouse Square are as follows:

Lloyd Center/NE11th Ave – NE Holladay & NE 11th – 16 minutes – 8 stops on Blue and Red lines, 6 stops on Green line.

NE 7th Ave – NE Holladay & NE 7th14 minutes – 7 stops on Blue and Red lines, 5 stops on Green line.

Convention Center Station – NE Holladay and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd – 13 minutes – 6 stops on Blue and Red lines, 5 stops on Green line.

Rose Quarter Transit Center Station – 47 NW Holladay – 11 minutes – 5 stops on Blue and Red lines, 4 stops on Green line.

13.  I am driving to Portland, how do I get to where I can buy tickets?

Answer: If you are driving to Portland and want to come to our ticket booth at Pioneer Courthouse Square, MapQuest or Google Map the address of 780 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97205 and follow the directions.  The coach loading area is on SW Broadway just north of SW Yamhill Street in front of Nordstrom’s.  Below are also directions:

From the North:

Take I-5 South to I-405 via Exit 302B toward US-30W/Beaverton/St. Helens.

Take Exit 2A, Couch Street, toward Burnside Street.

Stay straight to go onto NW15th Ave.

Take 2nd Left on to SW Alder Street.

Turn right onto SW Broadway.

Coach Loading Location is just before you get to SW Yamhill Street.

Parking is available downtown, see below.

From the South

Take I-5 North to I-405 via Exit 299B, on the left toward US-26/City Center/Beaverton.

Take Exit 1A on the left toward Naito Parkway.

Stay straight to go onto SW Harbor Drive.

Turn right onto Naito Parkway.

Turn left onto SW Morrison Street.

Turn left onto SW Broadway.

Coach Loading Location is just before you get to SW Yamhill Street.

Parking is available downtown, see below.

From the West

Take US-26 East.

Once you near downtown Portland take the exit on the left marked Market Street/City Center.

Turn left on SW 10th Avenue.

Turn right on SW Yamhill.

Coach Loading Location is on Broadway which you will cross.

Parking is available downtown, see below.

From the East:

Take I-84 West to I-5.

Take the I5 Exit on the left toward Beaverton/Salem/City Center.

Take the exit toward City Center.

Take the ramp toward Morrison Street/City Center.

Turn slightly right on to the Morrison Bridge.

Take the ramp toward SW Naito Parkway Northbound.

Turn slightly left on to SW Washington Street.

Turn left onto SW Broadway.

Coach Loading Location is just before you get to SW Yamhill Street.

Parking is available downtown, see below.

14. Where do I park in downtown Portland?

Answer: We recommend the Smart Park lots operated by the City of Portland.  There are three lots convenient to Pioneer Courthouse Square.  The closest is at SW10th and SW Yamhill (780 SW 10th).  Other lots are at SW 4th and SW Yamhill (850 SW 4th) and SW 3rd and SW Alder (650 SW 4th).  Rates are a $1.60 per hour for the first 2 hours, $5.00 for 3 hours, $7.00 for 4 hours.  On weekdays the over 4 hour rate goes to an all day rate that varies by garage location but is between $12 and $15.  On  weekends the over 3 hour rate goes to an all day rate of $5.00 per day for the period from 5am to 6pm.  After 6pm, the rate for the period from 6pm to 5am varies from $3.00 to $6.00 depending on garage location.