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The Paulina Plunge …Downhill Waterfall Mountain Bike Tour
Discovering a new world in Central Oregon, local Ambassador Jess Rae takes the Plunge at Paulina Peak. For those of you that aren’t familiar with Paulina Peak, it is a summit in Central Oregon, formed by the Newberry Volcano and is an elevation of 7,898. It is also home to a fantastic hike, the Obsidian Lava Flow trail, another hike I have done several times and never disappoints. With family coming in from other states to visit, I wanted to wow mine with a fun-filled day of experiencing the amazing outdoor lifestyle that really is Sunriver/Bend.
Where better to start, than a day of downhill waterfall mountain biking! Yes, it is a thing. And it is probably one of the top experiences I have had, and I have ridden elephants through rice paddies in Bali. Young kids? Perfect, they will love it and probably ride down that hill faster than everyone else, with a grin from ear to ear. When they say that this all day fun activity is for ages 4-70, they really mean it. They have bikes for all ages and sizes with big fat tires, so that somehow, when you are flying down that dirt trail at what feels like 30 MPH, you feel safe. They offer trail-a-bike tandems for non-riding kids ages 4-8 yrs.
The guides…where do I start? They were amazing and so much fun, making the day a blast. They were informative from everything about the trails, the trees, the views, the bikes and the waterfalls. Guiding us down 2,000 vertical feet wouldn’t have been as great without our knowledgeable tour guides. They waited and walked with those that were not as fast as the rest of the group, never feeling rushed or impatient.
The downhill excursion is broken down into 4 different 1.5 mile downhill biking segments to each waterfall. The two short .5 mile hikes from the waterfalls back to your bike feel great after swimming in the waterfall and sliding down natures natural waterslides. Caution: wear old shoes and clothes, I did tear my sneaks and a small tear in my pants from the slide down one of the falls. I didn’t even notice until I got back to my car, I was having so much fun. You can slide in or jump in alone, or hand in hand with your friends and families, which makes for some fun family memories.
For this day long tour, they do offer a deli-lunch at an extra charge, if you are interested, we just loaded up our own camel packs with water and snacks for the day, which was perfect for the lunch stop at one of the falls. They were beautiful and flowing strong during our July tour, bring a waterproof camera or case for your phone, there are so many great selfie opportunities.
Needless to say, this was a bucket list box check for myself and my family, and it ended up being one of our greatest family memories we have made together. I highly recommend the Paulina Plunge become a box to check off of your bucket list too.
Do the Paulina Plunge!