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Sign up to go along on the bus trip to Multnomah falls July 24 with people from the West Linn Adult Community Center. The bus leaves the center at 10:30 a.m. and will return around 2:30 p.m.

COURTESY PHOTO - The West Linn Adult Community Center is planning a field trip to Multnomah Falls, one of Oregons most popular and beautiful attractions. Sign up now to go along.

The West Linn Adult Community Center invites you to join us on a bus trip to enjoy the views and a delicious lunch at Multnomah Falls on Wednesday, July 24.

One of the most beloved sights in the Pacific Northwest is the breathtaking majesty of Multnomah Falls. Located in the Columbia River Gorge just 30 miles outside of Portland, Multnomah Falls is easily Oregon's number one tourist attraction. With over two and a half million visitors a year, tourists and locals alike are captivated by the almost 620-foot display of Mother Nature's power and grandeur.

The falls were formed 15,000 years ago by the great Missoula Floods. Steeped in history and sacred to many, Native American legends tell of the daughter of a chief who threw herself from the top to save her tribe from a terrible illness. In the early part of the 1900s, Multnomah Falls was owned by Simon Benson, who later gave the historic sight to the City of Portland. The U.S. Forest Service runs it now.

A visit to the falls can be a jaw-dropping experience. The roaring sound and icy spray are partly due to snow melt and underground springs that help keep the waterfall at high capacity year-round, making it the second tallest year-round waterfall in the country. It does not dry up with the change in seasons and offers spectacular views in the winter, when it is incased in ice. In summer it is equally spectacular surrounded in lush shades of green. Just remember to pack extra warmth! The micro-climate near the waterfall is much cooler than its surrounding area and a sweater or coat will be needed.Visitors can hike to the very top of the falls, given cooperating weather conditions. It's a steep mile hike and not suitable for small children but offers fantastic views of the gorge. For a less difficult hike you can go 1/4 mile from the base of the waterfall, up the paved path to Benson Bridge, named after the previous owner. The iconic bridge is one of the most widely recognized sites in Oregon and delivers amazing views of the fall's immense magnitude. Crane your neck and you can see all the way up the stone cliffs, and also watch thousands of gallons of water crashing on the rocks below. In 1925, the lodge was built so the sightseers could get a meal in the restaurant, a post card in the gift shop or a quick snack or beverage. Restrooms are also available. The original lodge and trails were later updated to include an elevator, paved trails and better ADA access. Although upper hiking trails are not negotiable by wheelchair, the lodge and the main viewing area is. The lodge and base of the falls are just an easy five-minute walk from the parking lot along a paved pathway, making it a perfect destination for people of all abilities who want to experience the awesomeness of nature. Whether it's for the first time or the 100th time, a visit to Multnomah Falls is simply magical.

The bus will leave the WLACC July 24 at 10:30 a.m. and return around 2:30 p.m. The trip cost is $10 for transportation, cost of lunch is not included. If you are interested in attending this fun and memorable outing, please sign up and pay at the WLACC office front desk in person, or call the center at 503-557-4704

The lunch menu this week features chicken fajitas, black beans, peppers and onions and pumpkin cookies on Friday, July 19; chicken parmesan, garlic butter pasta, green beans and cream puffs on Monday, July 22 and chicken noodle soup, turkey sandwiches and brownies on Wednesday, July 24. Cost is $5 per person.

The WLACC is located at 1180 Rosemont Road, West Linn.

Keli Stevens is a volunteer with the West Linn Adult Community Center.


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