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Multnomah Zen, a Gorge waterfall hike

Portland, United States

Experience hosted by Sarah

4 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 10 people

What you'll do

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."
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 o…

Meet your host, Sarah

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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I'm Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of Around Portland Tours and together with partners & guides Edwin, Jeri and Phil 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, 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, Jeri and Phil 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…
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Mon, May 17
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Mon, May 17
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2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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Wed, May 19
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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 4.98 out of 5 from 207 reviews.

Dylan
May 2021
Great time. Learned a lot about different areas of Portland. Each waterfall was beautiful, I got some great pictures with my girlfriend and I!
Valeria
May 2021
This experience was super cool and worth it if you visit Portland. It is not comparable to other views. You hit multiple water falls, get plenty of time to take great photos, and are able to make new friends from all over the country. Our tour guide was a good resource to learn about the city/geography and give historical background!
This experience was super cool and worth it if you visit Portland. It is not comparable to other views. You hit multiple water falls, get plenty of time to take great photos, and a…
Joey
May 2021
Absolutely great value and tour guides were very knowledgeable. The whole tour was just the right length and a good number of various stops including waterfalls and viewing points. Wonderful adventure!
Doc
May 2021
Sarah and partner were absolutely wonderful! We very much enjoyed our time on this experience. It was very unique, wonderfully planned & executed, and accommodating. I enjoyed how the experience gave us the feeling and photo opp’s to feel like we tackled the Columbia River Gorge and all ~five waterfalls without strenuous exercise (we did not do the biking experience but having some in our caravan they told us you do get a bit of a workout). I would so do this all over again if only i had a few more days here!
Sarah and partner were absolutely wonderful! We very much enjoyed our time on this experience. It was very unique, wonderfully planned & executed, and accommodating. I enjoyed how…
Andrew
May 2021
It was a wonderful experience. Answered all our questions and added a lot of flair to narration. I enjoyed learning the native names of the features we toured. It was a epic experience.
Nicholas
May 2021
This was an AMAZING experience. If you’ve never seen waterfalls, like me, this would be an incredible way to experience them for the first time. The tour guide and his dog were both super friendly!

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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 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Comfortable shoes

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