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The Paulina Plunge

Sunriver, OR, USA
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About The Paulina Plunge
The Paulina Plunge Downhill Waterfall Mt. Bike Tour is a wet and wild family adventure for all riders over 4 feet tall with a minimum 24 inch in seam. We will descend over six miles down a smooth forest trail, where our friendly guides will lead you to six pristine waterfalls and two natural water slides. Exploring this natural water park will be the highlight of your Central Oregon vacation.
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Steve H wrote a review Aug 1
Katy, Texas46 contributions16 helpful votes
It's hard to find a fun mountain bike tour on vacation but this is a good one. It's about a 4 hour ride, mostly downhill. It's a mix of single track and forest roads. You can pretty much go as fast as your comfortable if you're in the front of your group. There are three stops along the river for jumping into waterfalls or sliding on natural water slides. Chris was an excellent guide! This is a must do trip in Bend.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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C M wrote a review Jul 2022
Greenwood, Indiana18 contributions6 helpful votes
My wife and I took our 2 kids (age 12 & 7) and had a very mixed emotions and a disappointing experience. My first piece of advice would be to parents with younger kids...don't trust the website. They say it is suitable for riders with intermediate biking skills, with a minimum 28 inch inseam...please do not trust this. To be able to do this as a young kid, you need to be able to handle an adult size bike, ride down steep hills while using both hand brakes, and navigate shape turns. Our 7 year old easily exceeded the 28 inch inseam and is a great bike rider on her bike at home. But immediately upon arrival, all kids 12 and under have to do a bike test. Our 7 year old failed this test as she wasn't strong enough to handle the heavy adult sized bike. Then the owner tells us that he won't refund us any money and was not at all empathic. He quickly made an excuse that because of COVID he didn't have any bikes that would work for my daughter. That was the very disappointing and very frustrating part. As a business owner myself, I would have been apologetic and empathic to the customer as referrals and recommendations mean everything. But to be fair, my wife and 12 year old did complete the ride as I stayed back with my crying and disappointed daughter. My 12 year old loved the whole thing. He was a little shocked at how cold that water was, but said he eventually got numb and used to it. My wife enjoyed the ride and adventure aspect, but only participated in one of the slides, as the water was too cold and the "slides" were kind of painful and bumpy. I though it was interesting as she let my know that a lot of people didn't participate in most of the slides and water parts of the journey. Also, the my wife and son did say their guide was great.
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Date of experience: July 2022
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Amber H wrote a review Jul 2021
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We had a wonderful time! This tour is not to be missed. We loved our day sliding down waterfalls and mountain biking down hill. Our tour guide Callie kept us safe and informed the whole trip. Great job!
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Date of experience: July 2021
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Jesse Z wrote a review Jul 2021
Los Angeles, California15 contributions6 helpful votes
This day was definitely a highlight of our trip! We were two adults and two teenage boys and everyone had a blast. We went on a super hot day (100 degrees plus) but didn't even notice the heat because the water was so refreshing. Each waterfall stop was better than the last, and every member of our family had a great time. Our guides were amazing- Levi and Callie- filled with info about the local plants and topography, and always happy to take a picture or help a child. We were a little unsure about what to wear- I recommend closed toed keens if you have them, and dry fit shorts/t-shirts as opposed to bathing suits- I just think its more comfortable when you are biking and hiking. My kids wore swim trunks and a rash guard which was perfect for them. There is some hiking up and down to the falls so be prepared for a bit of a hilly walk once or twice, but it's nothing most healthy folks can't manage. It really was a great, active, outdoor day- a beautiful way to see the area.
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Date of experience: June 2021
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jay b wrote a review Jun 2021
Hollywood, Florida112 contributions9 helpful votes
We are a family of 6, kids ages 16, 14, 11 and 5, so its always challenging to find an activity thats fun for all ages. this one was a HUGE HIT!!! From the moment we arrived, we had fun. I rode tandem with my 5 year old, so that was fun, and everyone else had an amazing time. Our guide, Owen, who loves to say "right on!" in a Matthew McCoughnahy sort of way was excellent. He made us feel safe the entire time, had lots of knowledge to share about the area, the forest, berries, and really showed us a great time. His knowledge of every square inch of the terrain was a huge plus. Bring Keens or other water shoes / water sneakers. if you want to have the most fun, you're going to get wet by going into several waterfalls!!
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Date of experience: June 2021
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