This family friendly full-day tour kicks off with morning pickup from a central Portland location. Hit the road headed east and catch the sun as it peeks over the Cascade mountains, lighting up the basalt cliffs and mossy fields of the Gorge. After an hour, your group will arrive at a select trailhead — which trailhead depends on you! This trip customizes the hike to group preference for levels of difficulty and scenery.
Next, continue to Hood River, a picturesque valley town renowned as a prime destination for wind sports. Watch kiteboarders and windsurfers skate across the water as you enjoy lunch. If watching the excitement on the water moves you, you’ll love the next activity, an introductory kiteboarding lesson!
Your naturalist guide leads the group to a favorite (and secret) kite spot where you'll get trained in kiteboarding. From this point, options abound. Fly the training kite and 'big' kite, practice stand up paddling, or take a private yoga lesson on the beach. If you’d rather take it down a notch, people-watch on the sandbank, cool off with a swim or hit Hood River’s boutique wineries.
The final stop is to a local brewery, where you can get a hearty dinner and some choice Oregon beer before the evening drive back to Portland.
9am – Meet at a predetermined location to be picked up by “Mama Matatu” our VW Eurovan
10am – Arrive at the hiking trailhead and begin our hike
1pm – Return to “Mama Matatu” and drive to Hood River
1:45pm – Have lunch in Hood River, and if there’s time, explore town
3pm – Arrive at our secret spot to relax, have some fun flying a kite if there is wind otherwise we go SUP(stand up paddling)
5pm – We can either visit a local winery in the area or one of the local breweries for a flight of Oregon’s finest craft beers
6:30pm – Leave the brewery and drive back to Portland
8pm – Arrive back in Portland and drop off at a predetermined location