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Multnomah Zen, a Gorge waterfall hike

Portland, United States

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Experience hosted by Sarah

4 hours
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

*This experience can operate through Oregon's "freeze" in smaller groups.*

Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia Gorge are astonishing icons of geology, the sort that have inspired mythology and lore of warriors, gods and passions in every world culture. Meet the tallest waterfall in the state, and a few of the shorter but even more stunning ones, too; falls which could only be the daughters and sons of legend.

In this half-day experience, we will explore and meditate on wonders in our customizable small-group, half-day experience with hikes (up to 3 miles/5 km) and visits to overlooks and vistas that will have you gasping in awe. While Multnomah Falls and its iconic Benson Bridge are together the most-visited tourist attraction in the Portland area, they are only a part of our experience.

We will meet at our shop in inner SE Portland, where we'll ride in our Mercedes Sprinter vans to the nearby gorge. Depending on weather conditions, we could visit a few small hidden waterfalls or spectacular plunge-style falls whose columnar basalt has us learning words for "amazing" in other languages.

We'll also tell you stories, geology, botany and oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and wild spirits and about the oldest North American civilization, forever altered by “manifest destiny.”
*This experience can operate through Oregon's "freeze" in smaller groups.*

Multnomah Falls and other waterfalls and vistas of the Columbia Gorge are astonishing icons of geology, the sort that have inspired mythology and lore of warriors, gods and passions in every world culture. Meet the tallest waterfall in the state, and a few of the shorter but even more stunning ones, too; falls which could only be the daughters and sons of legend…

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Thu, Jan 21
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Fri, Jan 22
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Fri, Jan 22
2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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$60 per person

Meet your host, Sarah

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I'm Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of Around Portland Tours and together with partners & guides Edwin and Jeri will host the experiences. I'm a published writer of essays and professional storyteller, and each of the narratives around which our tours are based is a collaboration between us, writers and route designers, as a movable narrative, what we call place-based storytelling.

Among us, we have decades of experience guiding bicycling, hiking and scenic tours in the Columbia Gorge, as well as full liability and injury insurance, City of Portland driver for hire permitting, wilderness readiness training and education in the botany and geology of this place. We have taken the best parts of our 1000s of visits and applied it to what we do here.

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I'm Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of Around Portland Tours and together with partners & guides Edwin and Jeri will host the experiences. I'm a published writer of essays and professional storyteller, and each of the narratives around which our tours are based is a collaboration between us, writers and route designers, as a movable narrative, what we call place-based storytelling.

Among us, we have decades of experience guiding bicycling, hiking and scenic tours in the Columbia Gorge, as w…
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Where you'll be

Meet in central Portland at 833 SE Main #120 to be driven to the Columbia River Gorge, full of waterfalls and wonders! We'll stop at the Vista House, conditions permitting. Each waterfall will include a short hike, so you may hike up to three miles (5 km) in total. If your group has appetite for more strenuous hikes, just ask; hiking is our business!

Rated 4.97 out of 5 from 160 reviews.

Ana
January 2021
Can I give 10 stars?! This was one of the highlights of my Portland trip. Everything was informational, the places that we explored were so fascinating, and I got great pictures out of it! And Bear (the dog) came along with us and it was the best.
Can I give 10 stars?! This was one of the highlights of my Portland trip. Everything was informational, the places that we explored were so fascinating, and I got great pictures ou…
Adam
December 2020
This was an amazing experience! My girlfriend and I had so much fun seeing all the waterfalls, and hit almost all the ones that we wanted to see on our trip to Portland. Sarah knows so much interesting tidbits about the city's history and nature - it was so much fun being with someone that could tell us about why the weirdly shaped trees look the way they do!
This was an amazing experience! My girlfriend and I had so much fun seeing all the waterfalls, and hit almost all the ones that we wanted to see on our trip to Portland. Sarah know…
Nikki
November 2020
We had a wonderful experience on the tour with Sarah. She was very informative and took us to popular falls and hidden gems.
Leticia
November 2020
This is an amazing experience! The views are amazing and priceless. We really enjoyed our bonus guide Bear he is the cutest! If you get a chance to see these beautiful waterfalls with Sarah don’t pass it up!
Mackenzie
November 2020
Sarah was such a good tour guide!So friendly, super knowledgeable about the land, and my friend and I felt safe the whole time. We saw such amazing sights!
Derrick
November 2020
Although we’re going thru this pandemic my girlfriend and I had a wonderful time!! I definitely recommend this Tour to anybody. They also had the best Dog lol very well behaved.

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes

Layers in most seasons; even in summer mornings can be cool