Multnomah Zen: Hike the Columbia Gorge Waterfalls
April 14, 2023 | 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
The hiking and views in the Columbia River Gorge are some of the best in the world. Join us as we take a guided tour into the Columbia River Gorge, about 30 minutes east of Portland. Here we’ll start at a stunning overlook of the gorge, visiting the iconic Vista House, and then drive to our first waterfall. We’ll visit one of the most impressive plunge waterfalls and get photos while we learn about the spring wildflowers; then we’ll head back to the van for a series of short hikes, each with their own up-close encounters with tumbling water. These hikes will take you close enough to feel the waterfall’s spray and touch its basalt walls! Waterfall air — ionized water — is real magic, proven to make you happy.
As a way of topping off your adventure, this tour will end with a visit to Multnomah Falls — the most photographed waterfall in Oregon and among the most picturesque waterfalls in the world. Our hike there will be at your pleasure but we suggest the easy trip up to the famed Benson Bridge to get as close as you can to this stunning beauty.
The guides are storytellers, not just of the recent history of settlers, pioneers and loggers, before the century-old highway, but one of many peoples with rich mythologies. They tell the stories that have been told to them by the indigenous people as best as they can. But what’s most important, they help remind us of the long, long history this place holds.
April 14, 2023 | 8:30 am – 2:00 pm
Breakfast at the hotel at 7:30 am (included with conference)
Meet at the hotel lobby at 8:30 am for the tour bus
30 minute drive each way to access the Columbia Gorge.
Hikes between 2-3 miles total; we’ll have some umbrellas and ponchos if a spring shower is in the forecast. We suggest light hiking boots or running-style shoes that can handle some rocky or muddy trails; about half will be paved.
Lunch, snacks and water included.