What you'll do
Multnomah Falls and its iconic Benson Bridge are together the most-visited tourist attraction in the Portland area for good reason, but just a part of our small-group, half-day experience. The 80 miles of the Columbia River Gorge’s steep rocky sides offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, complete with pounding waterfalls, eagles, century-old trees, ferns, flowers, and ancient rocks. Join us for a customizable 4 to 5 hours of exploring and meditating on wonders with hikes (2-3 miles/3-5 km) and visits to overlooks and vistas that will have you gasping in awe. We will meet at our shop in inner SE Portland, where we'll ride in our Mercedes Sprinter vans to the nearby gorge. Here we'll hike to waterfalls and visit overlooks, selected by our guides to include both the most iconic, including the unmissable Multnomah, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world, and the special. Depending on weather conditions, this could include a few small hidden waterfalls or another spectacular plunge-style falls whose columnar basalt has us learning words for "amazing" in other languages. We'll also tell you stories, not just of the geology and botany and the oft-repeated tales of pioneers and road-builders, but also the old stories we've learned, of gods and wild spirits and the way the oldest North American civilization was forever altered by "manifest destiny."
I'm Sarah Gilbert, co-founder of Around Portland Tours and together with partners & guides Edwin, Evan, 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. More: aroundportlandtours.com @aroundportlandtours on Instagram
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Where you'll be
Meet at 1210 SE 7th Ave to head to the Columbia River Gorge, full of waterfalls and wonders! We'll stop at the Vista House, conditions permitting, what we call the "fancy bathroom," so there will be options for gift shops, coffee, and photographs galore. Each waterfall will include a short hike, so you may hike about two miles (3 km) in total. If your group has appetite for more strenuous hikes, just ask; hiking is also our business!
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 8 guests of all ages can attend.
Activity levels will be based on guest aptitude -- but the more active we are, the better the experience can be for you.
Multnomah Zen, a Gorge waterfall hike