The Columbia River Gorge stretches from Troutdale, Oregon on the western end, just 16 miles east of Portland, Oregon following the Columbia River to Biggs, Oregon and on the northern shore from Vancouver, Washington to Maryhill, Washington.
The Gorge is easily accessible driving on Interstate-84 on the Oregon side of the river or Highway State Route 14 on the Washington side. The National Scenic Area of the Columbia River Gorge is 80 miles long in its entirety.
Another highway to access the Gorge is the Historic Columbia River Highway which parallels I-84 from Troutdale east to Dodson, Oregon and provides a breathtaking view of cascading waterfalls, hillsides of wildflowers and scenic overlooks of the river.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays there is bus service between Portland and Hood River. For details contact Columbia Area Transit (CAT) 541-386-4202.
Monday through Friday there is bus service from Vancouver, WA to towns along SR 14 and weekend summer season service to popular trail-heads. For details contact Skamania County Transit 509-427-3990.