Rainforest Canopy & Zipline Expedition
Ketchikan Rainforest Canopy Zipline Tour
Imagine gliding through the top of a rich rainforest canopy along a series of eight dual cable zip lines and navigating three aerial bridges suspended between tall spruce, hemlock and cedar trees.
This major rainforest reserve embraces one of Alaska's richest salmon spawning streams and a pristine inter-tidal estuary. Abundant wildlife habitat includes a high concentration of bald eagles, black bear, and a variety of other species.
During this Ketchikan zipline tour, your all-terrain custom 4x4 Unimog will transport you up a steep rainforest hillside to the canopy chalet. Here your professionally trained guides outfit you with state-of-the-art safety equipment and provide a detailed orientation prior to zipping from the first platform.
Your rainforest canopy challenge features a flight over eight zip lines and three suspension bridges - 6,000 feet of high tension cables and ground-based nature trails. Your guides will progressively ease you into the forest canopy along cables ranging from a short 100 feet to the 850 feet. Guests often see eagles and bears from the tree platforms. Discover Eagle Creek Falls, and cross three hanging sky bridges; all offering breathtaking views of the virgin forest below. You will be up to 135 feet above the forest floor. Throughout this award-winning adventure you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the rainforest wildlife reserve. Although wildlife sightings are frequent, they cannot be guaranteed for your Ketchikan day tour.
The final zip line emerges from the rainforest and transports you over lush grassy wetlands to a viewing tower, 55 feet above ground. Descend stairs and gear down at the base camp, where you will be presented with a custom-cast Alaska Canopy Adventures medal in recognition of your achievement. Upon completion of this once-in-a-lifetime Ketchikan shore excursion, enjoy a complimentary snack and hot beverage, view your photograph and shop in the General Store. A narration is provided on the scenic 16-mile round-trip coastal drive to the reserve.
Please Note: Tour operates in all types of weather, within safety guidelines.
Reviewer: Bruce Kutcher
Every member from bus driver to zipline guides were excellent. Very enjoyable!
Reviewer: Bryce Wilson
The scenery is stunning and the guides are funny. The zipline and rope walks are a LOT of fun. But they don't tell you, there is more. A ride to the top in a converted Unimog, a qualified totum carver, a metal smith and other activities are there too. Well worth the time
Reviewer: Patrick V
Our only drawback came from the bald eagles. Upon the first few trips, we noticed one gazing upon us from a distance. Coming from Missouri, we were obviously impressed. As such, we felt entitled, under our role as tourists, to indulge in a little levity. Then, we could swear that bald eagle was rolling his eyes at us. We thought the gesture rude and somewhat inhospitable. After a few more trips down the line, we noticed the lone eagle had called over some of his buddy eagles. They were all watching us, apparently with nothing better to do with their time. Now, they were snickering at us in a most derisive manner. Sorry, we were not accustomed to soaring through a rain forest canopy, and thus lacked the grace of some of the locals. Toward the end of our journey, those eagles were bent over in convulsions of laughter, tears streaming, and some trousers being undoubtedly fouled and saturated. My reverence for them had definitely fallen a notch. So much fun.
The trip was fun and exhilarating. Beautiful views. Our cruise ship was delayed by a few hours, and they automatically changed our times and left messages for us and removed all hassle.
Reviewer: Chantal Thornburg
Five of us went on this excursion and we loved it! It was easy to find the shuttle van, the driver was friendly and funny. All the staff at the zip line were knowledgeable and very good at making people feel comfortable with the zip lines. We didn’t see any animals but the views are amazing and worth the trip.