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Martin’s Gorge Tours

Skamania County Pioneer
Written by Philip Watness

Martin Hecht, co-owner of Martin’s Gorge Tours, has been exploring the Columbia River Gorge and surrounding areas for the past quarter century, so it was a natural fit to provide tours to visitors when he started the business nine years ago.

Hecht recently joined forces with his girlfriend, Christine Shannon, to increase the number of tours the company can provide. The couple also purchased a new 14-passenger Ford E350 motor coach to accommodate more passengers. The vehicle will be used alongside the company’s 20-passenger Ford E350 and an eight-passenger Chevy Venture minivan.

Hecht said tours can be customized for each tour group, whether they want to tour wineries, waterfalls, wild flowers or breweries. The business also shuttles wedding parties or corporate boards between functions. He said the most popular tour is one in which people visit waterfalls during the morning hours, then go to a winery or brewery in the afternoon.
“I’m passionate about showcasing the gorge,” Hecht said. “We definitely customize tours to people’s needs and preferences.”

Hecht said he has an encyclopedia of local knowledge to the business.

Much of his business comes through word-of-mouth or from referrals from local hotels/motels, chambers of commerce and wine or beer associations.

See wildflowers and waterfalls on a Columbia Gorge guided hike

Seattle Times
April 24, 2008

“Skamania Lodge in the Columbia Gorge offers a package that includes guided hikes to see wildflowers and waterfalls on the Washington side of the Gorge from now through June. Available for guests arriving Friday nights, the package includes lodging in a forest-view guest room, starting at $199. The hiking tour is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, with three destinations to choose from. Details: 800-221-7117 or www.skamania.com.”

Martin’s Gorge Tours

TravelOregon.com

“Wine tasting, waterfall, and wildflower tours by an outdoorsman and adventurer with over 20 years? Experience exploring the Columbia River Gorge. Martin has wilderness training in backpacking, rock climbing, spelunking, and white water, and he is an experienced river guide.