The Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition was of the most exciting adventures that I’ve experienced in Ketchikan, Alaska.
I booked the shore excursion via a Holland America Line 7-Day Glacier Discovery cruise sailing from Seward, Alaska to Vancouver, British Columbia.
This zip line and canopy tour is located near the Tongass National Forest, which is a rain forest. First you transfer from the Ketchikan cruise port about 8 miles to Herring Cove, where everyone boards an all-terrain 4×4 vehicle.
The drive to reach the canopy chalet is a bumpy ride up a steep hillside through the rain forest. This forest is home to bald eagles, black bear, and a variety of other wildlife.
The harness and guide lines are quite a contraption. This is a much more intense experience that other zip lines such as the Dragon’s Breath zip line on Labadee, Royal Caribbean’s Private Resort in Haiti.
This rainforest canopy challenge features eight ziplines and three suspension bridges strung over 6,000 feet of high tension cables.
Each zip is over a dual-cable ziplines between lofty tree platforms. Participants are divided into small groups with two guides per group. While traversing each zipline, you are connected to the cables at four points with lanyards and trolleys.
The double cables “droop” as each person speeds over them to the next platform. The more you weigh, the faster you “fly.” To participate, you must weigh between 90 and 250 pounds, and be at least 60 inches tall.
When all of the guests reach the next platform, the second guide follows. The guides clip your lanyards one at a time at each platform, so that no one is ever un-connected from a cable during the entire adventure.
If you are brave enough to look down 135 feet below, you can see breathtaking views of the forest and Eagle Creek below. Some guests see eagles and bears from the tree platforms. I didn’t but perhaps I was a little focused on the task at hand.
This zipline and canopy adventure does require a high level of fitness, with full use of all limbs required. Pregnant women and guests with injuries/seizure disorders not allowed. Minors must be at least 5 feet tall, and must be accompanied by a “zipping” adult.
This shore excursion is quite expensive, costing between $179 and $200 per person. But it is a 3.5 hour-long unforgettable, if nerve-racking adventure. Participants who complete the course receive a medal.
Have you participated in the Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Tour in Ketchikan, Alaska? What did you think?
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