Information and Resources 
for your Visit here!


GENERAL INFORMATION RESOURCES ABOUT THE GORGE

ART GALLERIES AND STUDIOS 
BICYCLING--MOUNTAIN BIKING/ BIKE TOURING
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES
CLIMBING--MOUNTAINEERING/ ICE CLIMBING/ ROCK CLIMBING
E-Mail--WIRELESS HOT SPOTS, LIBRARIES, INTERNET CAFES.
ENTERTAINMENT/ NIGHT LIFE
EVENTS/ PARADES/ FESTIVALS/ RODEOS
FOOD--RESTAURANTS/ SUPERMARKETS
FISHING/ FISH HATCHERIES
FRUIT STANDS/ ORCHARD TOURS
GOLFING
HIKING/ BACKPACKING/ WILDLIFE VIEWING
HORSEBACK RIDING
Hostels
Hot Springs--spas, resorts & natural hot springs. 
Kayaking/ Canoeing
MUSEUMS, INTERPRETIVE CENTERS, and HISTORIC SITES
PARKS, MONUMENTS, SCENIC AREAS, HISTORICAL AREAS, RECREATION AREAS,
    FORESTS, WILDLIFE REFUGES, ETC.-- STATE, NATIONAL, AND PRIVATE
RIVERBOAT TOURS
SAILING
SCENIC DRIVES
SHOPPING
SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
TRANSPORTATION--CAR RENTALS, AIRPORTS, TRAIN, BUS, TAXIS, TOURS, ETC. 
WATERFALLS
WEATHER
WILDFLOWERS
WINDSURFING/ KITEBOARDING
WINE TASTING/ BREWPUBS
Whitewater Rafting


GENERAL INFORMATION

A-Z Gorge Info All purpose link to weather, activities, events,
public services, media, news, libraries, employment, maps, etc.
Gorge Explorer Gorge activities, information, events, restaurants, calendar, weather, maps, etc..  
Columbia River Gorge Experiences Gorge activities, information, events, restaurants, calendar, weather, maps, etc..  
U.S. Forest Service Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Information-- 
(Includes Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams)
Mt. Hood National Forest Information
U.S. to foreign currency converter --
  
ART GALLERIES AND STUDIOS
Gorge Explorer General listing of museums and galleries in the Gorge.
Columbia Center for the Arts Art Gallery in Hood River; general information resource links for arts in 
the Gorge.
Maryhill Museum of Art World class art museum featuring large collection of Rodin,
intricate antique chess sets
, Gorge history & arts, Native American
exhibits
, Theatre de la Mode Mannequins of Paris, sculpture garden, 
Royal Romanian furniture and artifacts,
nearby Stonehenge Monument
and more.  
White Salmon Glassworks Outstanding visitor-friendly glass studio. Lessons and gallery. Features 
the work of Dennis Mullen and others. Friday night beginner's studio for kids 
and adults. 
Long Shadow Gallery Extensive photography display of the Gorge. Hood River.

River House Art Gallery

 

Art of Marilyn Bolles, recognized as one of the premiere artists of the area.
90 SW Second Street, Stevenson WA 509.427.5930  
The Dalles Art Center Art Gallery and artist information for The Dalles. 
Artisan's Jewelry & Gallery Art Gallery--Jewelry, pottery, textile art, glassworks, paintings, etc. White 
Salmon.
Oregon Citylink List of studios and art galleries in Hood River
   
Bicycling/ Mountain Biking
Gorge Explorer Mountain Biking in the Gorge
Gorp.com Mountain Biking in Mt. Hood National Forest
Klickitat Trail Conservancy Information on distance bike path along the Klickitat River. 
Discover Bicycles Road bike & Mountain bike rentals, clinics, repair, transportation, and
instruction.
Hood River.
Gorge Explorer Basic information on the Historic Columbia River Highway (includes 
information on bike-only sections) 
Historic Columbia River Highway  Official site of the HCRH. Maps, history, and information. Bike-only
routes and car/bike routes
CHILDREN'S ACTIVITIES
Gorge.net Teen events, activities. 
Gorgekids.com Excellent listings and ideas for children and family activities in the Gorge.
Mt. Hood Railroad Scenic railroad train rides through the Hood River Valley.
Hood River Fruit Loop Guide to fruit stands, orchard tours, etc. 
North Western Lake Riding Stables Horseback riding instruction, tours, etc. Near White Salmon. 
For kids and adults. 
White Salmon Glassworks  Outstanding visitor-friendly glass studio. Lessons and gallery. Features 
the work of Dennis Mullen and others. Friday night beginner's studio for kids 
and adults. 
Goldendale Observatory State Park Goldendale, WA.. Several observatory telescopes. Public programs. 
Summer evening program 8pm-midnight. Free. 
 
Climbing--Mountaineering/ ROCK & ICE CLIMBING
Oregon Mountaineering Association Mountaneering information--routes, maps, guide services, instruction, 
reports, etc. Mt. Hood and other peaks. 
U.S. Forest Service Mt. Hood climbing information
Mt. Adams climbing information
Mt. St. Helens climbing information
Peakware.com General information and links RE: Mt. Hood
Johann & Sandra's Web Excellent general resource links page to mountaineering in the Pacific 
Northwest, including the Gorge area. 
Rock Climbing.com Rock climbing forum--Washington side of the Gorge
Rock climbing forum--Oregon side of the Gorge (scroll down to
 "Portland Metro Area" and "Northeast Corner")
Cascade Climbers.com Discussion/ information forum for rock & ice climbing and 
mountaineering
in the Pacific Northwest.
ClimbingWashington.com Outstanding resource on routes, regulations, and information on 
rock climbing
routes in the Gorge and other parts of Washington.  
Timberline Guides Mountainerering and Rock Climbing Guides and Instruction. .
Oregon Peaks Adventures Mountainerering and Rock Climbing Guides and Instruction. 
Northwest School of Survival Mountainerering and Rock Climbing Guides and Instruction. 
U.S.F.S Northwest Weather and
Avalanche Center
Avalanche forecasts and information.
   
E-MAIL, WIRELESS, LIBRARIES
AND INTERNET CAFES    
Gorge.net List of Wi-Fi hotspots in the Gorge
Hood River County Library
601 State Street, Hood River OR 97031
541-386-2535
White Salmon Valley Community Library 5 Town & Country Square, White Salmon WA 98672
509-493-1132   
   
ENTERTAINMENT
Also see EVENTS, below.
Gorge.net Links to movie information, events, music, etc. 
Skylight Theater and Pub Movie theater pub/restaurant in Hood River.
Hood River Cinemas Movie theater in Hood River.
Yahoo Movies Movies in the Gorge region 
Theater Company of the Dalles Local Stage performances. 
 
EVENTS
Gorge Explorer Current Events in the Gorge
Columbia River Gorge Experiences Events Calendar
A-Z Gorge Info Events Calendar
Gorge.net Links to movie information, events, music, etc. 
Outdoors Northwest
 
Fishing/fish Hatcheries
Gorge Explorer  Fishing sites, boat launches, guide services, fishing reports, etc.
Gorp.com  Suggested fishing areas
A-Z Gorge Info Fish hatcheries in the Gorge
U.S. National Park Service--Wild and Scenic Rivers White Salmon River
Klickitat River

Deschutes River

Sandy River
Outdoorplay--Hood River Gear for rafting, kayaking, and fishing. 
  
FOOD--RESTAURANTS/ SUPERMARKETS
Gorge Hostel Staff Suggestions  Places to eat that we and our guests prefer.
Gorge Explorer Dining in the Gorge broken down by category.
Experience the Gorge Alphabetical list of restaurants in the areas with phone numbers 
and addresses. 
A-Z Gorge Info.  Restaurants in the area broken down by price and type of food. 
Juanita's Marketa Inc.
1401 13th Street, Hood River, OR 97031
Latin foods, fresh fruit, groceries, pastries and lunch restaurant.
Low prices, good selection, interesting choices.  About 15 minutes 
from hostel by car.
Rosauer's Super Market
1867 12th Street, Hood River, OR 97031
Outstanding large scale supermarket with excellent organic and 
natural foods section. Low prices. About 15 minutes from hostel by car.
Safeway Food & Drug 
2249 Cascade Avenue, Hood River, OR 97031
Large chain supermarket. About 15 minutes from hostel by car. 
White Salmon Thriftway
Town & Country Square, White Salmon, WA 98672
Large supermarket. Can be somewhat pricy, although there are frequent
discounts. Less than 5 minutes from hostel by car. 
Hood River Fruit Loop Map of fruit stands in Hood River.
 
FRUIT STANDS/ ORCHARD TOURS
Hood River Fruit Loop Guide to fruit stands, orchard tours, etc. 
  
GOLFING
Husum Hills Golf Course Husum. 820 Highway 141. (541)-454-2000 
Indian Creek Golf Course  Hood River. 3605 Brookside Dr. (541)-386-7770
Hood River Golf Course Hood River. 1850 Country Club Rd. (541)- 386-3009
Beacon Rock Golf Course North Bonneville. Rt. 14.  1-800-428-5730
Carson Mineral Hot Springs Resort &
Golf Course
Carson. 1st Martin Rd. (509)427-8292. Also includes 
Natural hot springs, spa, and restaurant.
Dolce Skamania Lodge Golf Stevenson. Skamania Lodge Dr.1-800-293-0418
HIKING/ BACKPACKING/ WILDLIFE VIEWING
Gorge Explorer Hikes, General 
Waterfall Hikes
Wildflower Hikes
Northwest Hiker Hikes in the Gorge.
Johann & Sandra's Website Excellent hiking suggestions and descriptions for the Gorge.
U.S. Forest Service--general and specific information.  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Information
(Includes Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams)
Mt. Hood National Forest Information
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges Conboy Lake NWR Refuge
Franz Lake NWR Refuge

Pierce NWR Refuge
Steigerwald Lake NWR Refuge
U.S. National Park Service--Wild and Scenic Rivers White Salmon River
Klickitat River

Deschutes River

Sandy River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dams, Lakes, and Recreation Areas
The Dalles Lock and Dam, Lake Celilo
Bonneville Lock and Dam, Lake Bonneville
Oregon Parks & Recreation Parks in the Columbia River Gorge
Washington Parks & Recreation Parks in the Columbia River Gorge
The Nature Conservancy--
Preserves in the Gorge area.
Tom McCall Preserve (Oregon)
Sandy Gorge (Oregon)
Pacific Crest Trail Association Information on hiking/ backpacking the Pacific Crest National 
Scenic Trail.
Birding Klickitat County Bird watching & species information for the Gorge.
Gorge Explorer Pictures and descriptions of Gorge wildflowers
Hood River Outfitters Gear for hiking/backpacking, rafting, kayaking, and camping. 
Friends of the Columbia Gorge  Hiking trips, guided hiking trips. Some free, and for some a small charge. 
HORSEBACK RIDING
Woodhaven Equestrian Adventures Horseback riding tours and lessons in the Mt. Hood National Forest.
North Western Lake Riding Stables Horseback riding instruction, tours, etc. Near White Salmon. For kids and adults. 
 
HOSTELS Traveling from our hostel to the surrounding area and 
looking for accommodations? Try these hostels. 
Seaside Hostel Located west of Portland on the Oregon coast. 
Portland International Guest House Portland Hostel
Portland Northwest Hostel Portland Hostel
Hostelz.com International hostel listing & reservations.
Hostels.com International hostel listing & reservations.
HOT SPRINGS 
Carson Mineral Hot Springs
1st Martin Rd., Carson. (509)427-8292
Natural hot springs water pumped into tubs. Spa, restaurant,  and 
golf course.
Bonneville Hot Springs Resort Natural hot springs water pumped into tubs. Spa, restaurant. 
Bagby Hot Springs Natural hot springs in National Forest; maintained by volunteers, Water is channeled into cedar tubs in semi-enclosed sheds.  About 2-1/2 hours from
the hostel. 
 
MUSEUMS, INTERPRETIVE CENTERS. HISTORIC SITES
Gorge Explorer General listing of museums and galleries in the Gorge.
A-Z Gorge Info Alphabetical listing of Gorge museums and landmarks by town.
Maryhill Museum of Art World class art museum featuring large collection of Rodin,
intricate antique chess sets, Gorge history & arts, Native American
exhibits
, Theatre de la Mode Mannequins, sculpture garden, royal
Romanian furniture and artifacts,
nearby Stonehenge Monument
and more.  
Columbia Gorge Discovery Center &
Wasco County Historical Museum
Official Interpretive center for the Columbia Gorge National 
Scenic Area.
History, ecology, geology, geography, etc. 
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--
Dams.
Tour the The Dalles Lock and Dam
Tour the Bonneville Lock and Dam
U.S. National Park Service--National Historic Trails & Historic Sites Oregon Trail National Historic Trail
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

Fort Vancouver National Historic Site
Gorge Heritage Museum   Historical Museum. Only a 2 minute walk from the hostel. 
International Museum of Carousel Art World's largest and most comprehensive collection of antique carousel art.
Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum Historical Museum. 37-foot replica of a 19th Century fishwheel, restored Corliss steam engine, Native American dip netting, Columbia 
River
navigation exhibit, the world's largest Rosary collection, 
and information on the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Hood River County Historical Museum
Port Marina Park (off 1-84 at exit 64)
Hood River, OR 97031 (541)-386-6772
Historical Museum. Extensive collection of pioneer tools and artifacts, a 
sewing comer, quilts, and period clothing. Includes a windsurfing exhibit. 
Cascade Locks Historical Museum
1 NW Portage Road near Port Marina Park in Cascade Locks. (541)-374-8535.  
Historical Museum. Artifacts and history. 
Klickitat County Museum
127 W Broadway (WA 142) (509) 773-4303.
Historical Museum. Artifacts and history. 
Whoop-n-Holler Museum 
East Road north from Roosevelt on Washington Hwy 14.  (509) 896-2344.  
Antique autos and other artifacts. Horse-drawn hearse, Bickleton's 
first fire truck, and a large collection of old cars. 1914 Model T, 
a still-running 1916 Maxwell and a 1931 Essex are among the 30 
vehicles on display.
Historic Downtown in The Dalles.
Pick up a tour brochure at The Dalles Area Chamber of Commerce 404 W. 2nd St.
(541)-296-2231 
Old Fort Dalles, St. Peter's Landmark, Granada Theater, Wasco 
Courthouse, Rorick House, and other sites. Including a huge collection 
of downtown murals.  
Hutson Museum
At Mt. Hood RR terminal in Parkdale (541)-352-6808.
History, geology, etc. Native American dolls, taxidermy, a rare collection of rocks. Over 2,500 arrow and spear points, stone bowls, mortars, grinding 
tools, etc.. 
Goldendale Observatory State Park Several observatory telescopes. Public programs. Summer evening 
program 8pm-midnight. Free. 
A-Z Gorge Info Tours of fish hatcheries in the Gorge.
 
PARKS, FORESTS, MONUMENTS, SCENIC AREAS, HISTORICAL AREAS, RECREATION AREAS,  WILDLIFE REFUGES, ETC.-- STATE, NATIONAL AND PRIVATE
U.S. Forest Service--National Forests and National Scenic Areas.  Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area
Gifford Pinchot National Forest Information
(Includes Mt. St. Helens and Mt. Adams)
Mt. Hood National Forest Information
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-- Refuges Conboy Lake NWR Refuge
Franz Lake NWR Refuge

Pierce NWR Refuge
Steigerwald Lake NWR Refuge
U.S. National Park Service--Wild and Scenic Rivers White Salmon River
Klickitat River

Deschutes River

Sandy River
U.S. National Park Service--National Historic Trails Oregon Trail National Historic Trail
Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers--
Dams, Lakes, and Recreation Areas
The Dalles Lock and Dam, Lake Celilo
Bonneville Lock and Dam, Lake Bonneville
Oregon Parks & Recreation Parks in the Columbia River Gorge
Washington Parks & Recreation Parks in the Columbia River Gorge
The Nature Conservancy--
Preserves in the Gorge area.
Tom McCall Preserve (Oregon)
Sandy Gorge (Oregon)
Klickitat Trail Conservancy Bike path along the Klickitat River. 
 
RIVERBOAT TOURS
Sternwheeler Tours aboard an authentic full sized replica of a triple-decker paddle 
wheel river boat.
SAILING
 Copper Sailing Rides, lessons, and racing. Out of Hood River. 
  
SCENIC DRIVES
Gorge Explorer Basic information on the Historic Columbia River Highway
Historic Columbia River Highway Official site of the HCRH. Maps, history, and information. Bike-only
routes and car/bike routes
Washington State DOT Lewis & Clark Scenic Byway (Route 14)
Columbia Gorge Scenic Byway
(Paralelles Route 14)
Yakima Scenic Byway
(Rt. 97 South to Maryhill, east of Mt. Adams)
Spirit Lake Memorial Highway
(Route 504 to Mt. St. Helens)
SHOPPING
For gift shopping, arts, and such, we recommend downtown White
Salmon and Hood River. 

For basic retail shopping, we recommend Hood River or The Dalles. 
Hood River County Chamber of Commerce Alphabetical listings of businesses by category
Hood River, Oregon region.
Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce Business search by category
Washington, area surrounding hostel
Skamania County Chamber of Commerce Alphabetical listings of businesses by category
Washington, west of the hostel towards Portland
SKIING/ SNOWBOARDING  
Mt. Hood Meadows Mt. Hood Meadows life tickets for hostel guests! $25 all day/night!
Mt. Hood SkiBowl Downhill skiing and snowboarding, Mt. Hood. 
Summit Ski Area Downhill skiing and snowboarding, Mt. Hood. 
Timberline Lodge Downhill skiing and snowboarding, Mt. Hood.  
U.S.F.S Northwest Weather and
Avalanche Center
Avalanche forecasts and information.
  
TRANSPORTATION
Portland Airport
www.flypdx.com
1-877-739-4636
Train Service--Amtrak
www.amtrak.com
1-800-872-7245. Also see our train schedule for Bingen/Portland
Service from Portland to Bingen and East.
Bus Service--Greyhound
www.greyhound.com
1-800-231-2222. Also see our bus schedule for Hood River/Portland
Service from Portland to Hood River and East. 
Columbia Gorge Express Bus and minibus charters in the Gorge/Portland areas. 
Car rentals Orbitz.com--Portland area rates, reservations, and comparisons

Apple City--Hood River. Cars & Vans (541) 386-5522

D&S Frame & Body--Hood River.  Cars & Vans (877) 287-9913

Enterprise--Hood River & The Dalles.  1-800-325-8007

Your Rental Center--Hood River (888) 386-9687 
Taxis E&R Taxi Cab Service--White Salmon 509-493-2392
The Dalles Taxi-- 541-296-3965
Hood River Taxi & Transportation-- 541-286-2255
Columbia Area Transit (CAT)  On-demand shuttle serving the Oregon Gorge shore from 
Cascade Locks to Hood River.  (541) 386-4202
Mt. Adams Transportation Services  Regular shuttle service--Goldendale, 
White Salmon/ Bingen, Hood River.  509-773-3060
Julee's Gorge Tours Event planning and tours in the Gorge
Trimet--Portland Public Transit Rail, shuttle & bus in Portland region.
U.S. to foreign currency converter --
Washington State Interactive Map WDOT driving map of Washington state online.
WEATHER 
The Weather Channel Bingen/ Hood River Forecast, 10-day
Portland Forecast, 10 day
The Dalles Forecast, 10 day
Trout Lake Forecast, 10 day (near Mt. Adams)
Town of Mt. Hood Forecast
Windcall General wind-weather reports for windsurfers. 
Wind-Surf.Net Daily wind forecast and conditions in the Gorge
Windance Daily wind forecast and conditions in Hood River/ Bingen
 
WINDSURFING/KITEBOARDING 
World Windsurfing Directory General links to windsurfing/kiteboarding resources.   
Columbia Gorge Windsurfing Association General links to windsurfing/kiteboarding resources in the Gorge.
Community windsurfing lessons in the Gorge.
GorgeExplorer Sailing/kiting locations in the Gorge (includes a useful map). 
Gorge Wind Guide Service Lessons
Hood River Waterplay Rentals/lessons
Brian's Windsurfing Rentals/lessons
Windmaster Academy  Rentals/lessons
Storm Warning Rentals, lessons & retail. 
Windcall General wind-weather reports for windsurfers. 
Wind-Surf.Net Daily wind forecast and conditions in the Gorge
Windance Daily wind forecast and conditions in Hood River/ Bingen
 
WHITEWATER RAFTING/ KAYAKING/ CANOEING
Gorge Explorer General information on guide services, rivers, routes, river conditions. 
Gorge Paddling Whitewater kayaking lessons.
River Drifters--White Salmon Instruction and guide services--Rafting, Gorge area. White Salmon
Klickitat, Wind & other rivers.
Wet Planet Whitewater--White Salmon Instruction and guide services--Rafting, Kayaking. Gorge area. White Salmon
Klickitat, Wind & other rivers.
All Adventures Rafting--White Salmon Instruction and guide services--Rafting, Gorge area. White Salmon
Klickitat, Wind & other rivers.
River Riders--White Salmon Instruction and guide services--Rafting, Gorge area. White Salmon
Klickitat, Wind & other rivers.
Zoller's Outdor Odesseys--White Salmon Instruction and guide services--Rafting, Gorge area. White Salmon
Klickitat, Wind & other rivers.
River Recreation Whitewater guides for the Pacific Northwest. 
Outdoorplay--Hood River Gear for rafting, kayaking, and fishing. 
Hood River Outfitters Gear for rafting, kayaking, and camping. 
Hood River Waterplay Kayak rentals, windsurfing/kiteboarding rentals.  
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuges--Lakes Conboy Lake NWR Refuge
Franz Lake NWR Refuge

Steigerwald Lake NWR Refuge
U.S. National Park Service--Wild and Scenic Rivers White Salmon River
Klickitat River

Deschutes River

Sandy River
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Dams, Lakes, and Recreation Areas
The Dalles Lock and Dam, Lake Celilo
Bonneville Lock and Dam, Lake Bonneville
WINERIES/ WINE TASTING/ BREWPUBS
Gorge Explorer List of select local wineries and brewpubs.
Washington Wine Commission Information on wineries and wine tasting in Washington.
Oregon Wine Board Information on wineries and wine tasting in Oregon.
Sycline Wine Cellars 307 Humboldt, Bingen, 509-493-4705
Wind River Cellars 196 Spring St. Rd. Husum 509-493-2324

 



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