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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 active ages 4 to 70. 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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Kathaleena H wrote a review Sep 2020
Portland, Oregon23 contributions9 helpful votes
This was a great adventure. The ad says 4-72 and I'm not so sure about that. Be warned that there are some steep hikes, and high elevation. Aaron & Brighton did a great job leading this and ensuring all were safe. Variety of Fat Tire Single Track riding, alpine slides, jumps, hikes, views. We as a group would have enjoyed more time in the water and felt a bit rushed. I would give 5*'s but we received a text later that day from Bob about tipping, we had 3 adults and 3 children and gave what we thought a great tip of $80 - this was quite off-putting and in poor taste.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Chrissie B wrote a review Sep 2020
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This is a must do when in the Sun River area. We had Brighton as our guide, and he was fantastic. He is very professional, great fun, made sure everyone was comfortable and he answered any questions. The whole experience was smooth, from meeting in the parking area to be sized for bikes, given safety instructions and the younger kids having a "test run" before setting off with the guides. Beautiful scenery, fun biking on fat wheeled mountain bikes and a bit of exercise all in a great day out. The group had kids from around 10 years old to adults of around 70 and all had huge smiles on their faces the whole day.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Kara K wrote a review Aug 2020
Klamath Falls, Oregon116 contributions73 helpful votes
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We just got home from today’s tour, and I can tell you that every one of us had an absolute blast. Oh my gosh, it was so much fun! We did the 10 AM tour. For the first 10 or 20 minutes, you have a mini orientation, get fitted for helmets, and fitted for bikes. The whole set up is super slick, the entire team is so helpful and nice during the process, and it goes really quickly. From there, at least for us, you get broken up into groups of about 20 people. Our guide, Brighton (oh man, if I got that wrong, I am going to be so embarrassed!) was fabulous. He was clear with his directions, knowledgeable, kind, and very, very helpful. With every stop, he made sure we all understood the safest way to navigate the falls, and how to have the most fun. He also made sure to help us take great pictures, and just made sure that every single one of us had a great time. The “big hill” at the beginning is nothing. Everyone has to walk their bikes up it, and everyone is spaced out enough that it just isn’t stressful at all. And it is super short! From there, all of the trail riding is a lot of fun and very easy to navigate. I can’t stress enough though, that if you are someone who gets nervous with speed, just stay in the back of the pack - the no one is hot on your heels at any point, and you can just enjoy the ride. For those who love speed and excitement, move yourself up to the front - the less people in front of you, the more you can really test your skills. The good news is, at the end of the day, they make sure that everyone is being very safe, so even if you do pick up some speed, there are reasons to slow down again in no time, so you get a good mix of both. All of the waterfall stops are stunning and absolutely beautiful. You will enjoy the trip the most if you take advantage of all of them and jump in, even if you think it’s going to be freezing. Everyone in my family did this, and we were so grateful that we did! The whole tour is so much more enjoyable if you participate in all of it! Just a few other tips… definitely bring your own bag or backpack; at least one per family unit if not per adult. It’s so nice to be able to grab a snack or a drink of water anytime you want one. You can wear your packs all the way down to the waterfalls, so they are never really out of your sight. I wear an insulin pump, and I had no problem disconnecting and leaving my pump in my bag as we played in the water, and then coming right back to it and reconnecting again. A lot of us also had our phones with us, and we were easily able to take pictures and videos because they were right there. I happened to have a waterproof phone case that allowed me to even film each waterfall as I jumped or slid in! The videos are all pretty funny, and it’s really cool to get such up close shots of the falls. I would not advise that you bring a towel. It would be soaking wet after the first waterfall and certainly would not be worth carrying around all day. You definitely get soaking wet in the falls, but by the time you hike back up to the bikes and then cruise down the hill, you dry off quite a bit before the next one. No one on our tour had a towel. When they say wear shorts and a T-shirt and old tennis shoes, they know what they’re talking about. There are a lot of uneven paths that you take on the trails and through the water, so I would definitely recommend old tennis shoes. And you probably wouldn’t want to be biking in just a swimsuit, so the shorts and a T-shirt work out really well. If you have those in a fabric that dries quickly, even better. But seriously, just wear what you were most comfortable in, no matter what that is. You’re going to be hot a little, chilly a little, soaking wet a lot, and pretty dirty by the end of it. It’s pretty great. There is one dedicated lunch break for everyone, at the top of the scenic viewpoint. I’m not sure how it worked out for the 9 AM folks, but for us it was right around noon. But again, if you are wearing your own day pack, you can snack whenever you want. The only word of advice that I would give is that there are two small hikes down to two of the waterfalls that, on the way back up from the waterfalls, can be a little much if you aren’t accustomed to physical activity. I probably wouldn’t go on this particular tour if you wouldn’t be comfortable walking about three blocks uphill on uneven terrain. Certainly there is no rush in getting back up to the top, but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who would struggle with that. My 70-year-old parents would do fine with it, but I have other friends for whom I know it might frustrate and overwhelm them. And it is quite a higher altitude than some people are used to. Just something to consider. But, overall, I can’t recommend this tour enough. Fantastic for family groups. Fantastic for kids. Breathtaking scenery. Adventure. The great outdoors. An awesome mix of trail riding and waterfalls. We have done things like this in Costa Rica, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Mexico, and I would definitely say that this tour is on par with all of those! And, oh yeah, bring money to tip your guides! I promise that they are going to provide you with quite an amazing adventure! :)
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Zev H wrote a review Jul 2020
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Have done this tour about 10 times and it’s awesome every time we go. Maybe the most unique combination tour in the Bend area. Many thanks to our guide Lane for making it educational, safe, and super fun.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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kris10gal wrote a review Sep 2019
Chico, California80 contributions14 helpful votes
What makes the Paulina Plunge is the guides. Otherwise, it starts as a bit of a rickety operation... waiting around for everyone in the sun, the older than dirt bus, the handing out of bikes in the parking lot. But once you get going, it's all worth it. The guides are great and the trails are fun. The waterfalls are beautiful. They have the day planned to a T. All of the families we went with loved it. We would definitely do it again!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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