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Look up at the towering trees and soar above them all in the same day!
The Forest Service only allows 12 people per day to visit this site, and, since Tongass is a National Forest, if you are a US citizen, you are part owner of this special place. Why not see a beautful way in which your tax dollars are being spent?
This tour includes:
• Round trip transportation from the cruise ship pier
• Wilderness hike in the Tongass National Forest
• Seven zip lines
• Ropes course, including eight spans across the canopy
• Climbing tower
• Safety equipment and instructions
• Lots of wildlife viewing and photo opportunities!
During a short, scenic drive from the cruise ship dock, you'll be transported from the hustle and bustle of town and into the quiet of the Tongass National Forest. Once at the scenic and remote Ward Creek Trail, you'll begin your 2-hour exploration of this unique temperate rain forest.
The Ward Creek Trail, which is groomed to high US Forest Service standards, is moderately rolling and climbs to an elevation of about 500 feet over 3 miles, traversing a gentle mountain slope. Along the way, you'll be treated to a variety of wildlife, including waterfowl, woodpeckers, and, occasionally, Sitka black tail deer and black bear foraging for salmon in the stream.
The trail is pristine, lined by old growth spruce and hemlock, and you can hear the rushing waters of Ward Creek. Berries, flowers, and skunk cabbage are abundant in season. While on the trail, your experienced local guide will help you become more closely acquainted with the issues in the Tongass, including resource management, wildlife management, and the local economy.
Following the hike, we'll head to Knudson Cove, an "off the beaten track" waterfront property that will be your playground for the next 2 hours.
Alaska's first zipline park is equipped with seven ziplines and eight unique aerial traverses, making this diverse and interactive zip line experience one-of-a-kind!
Before your adventure begins, professional guides will instruct and outfit you with the best safety equipment in an open-air forest pavilion. With gravity pulling you along a series of zip lines and connecting elements, you'll catch glimpses of bald eagles and the ocean below as you glide through old growth cedars, break out onto an ocean platform, zip back to a soft forest landing, fly into an ancient cedar tree onto the Eagle's Nest Platform, traverse a swaying log, swing across rope loops, feel the speed and acceleration of landing on an ocean platform located 50' over the water, and, finally, feel the rush of zipping to the ground.
Once back on the ground, if you still haven't had enough, head over to the 50-foot climbing tower, where guides will show you techniques needed to climb to the top. A circular staircase inside the tower enables others to climb up, take in the mountain and ocean views, and snap photos of climbers proudly ringing the bell at the top of the wall.
• Wear hiking boots or tennis shoes.
• We suggest that you bring insect repellent and water.
• All equipment, including rain gear, harness, lanyards, pulleys, carabiners, and helmets, are provided.
• Wear close-toed shoes.
• There is a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 12 for this tour.
• This tour is considered moderately strenuous. You should be in good physical condition to participate. You will be required to sign a waiver at the beginning of the tour.
• Minimum age to participate is 11 years old.
• Participants age 18 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
• Minimum weight is 70 pounds, maximum weight is 285 pounds.
• You may not participate in this excursion if you are pregnant, have heart conditions, are afraid of heights, experience vertigo, anxiety, and/or any other physical condition.
Days offered: 7 days a week