This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ziplines at Pacific Crest. All opinions are 100% mine. Having grown up in the L.A. area and now living a mere 90 minutes from the city, I have gotten to experience a ton of amazing things to do in Los Angeles. I think one of the things I love most about Los Angeles is the wide variety of activities you can do. One day you can be at the beach enjoying the sun and the surf and the next day you can be up in the mountains in the snow. One thing I honestly had no clue was around was ziplining in Los Angeles. So, when I heard about Ziplines at Pacific Crest, I knew I wanted to check it out.
This past weekend, I told the boys we will be ziplining in LA and we headed off to Ziplines at Pacific Crest. It is only 75 miles outside of downtown L.A. and I was happy that the drive was not up a windy mountain terrain. I think my biggest concern was if it was going to be entertaining enough for my older boys. We have zip lined numerous times and I’ve noticed the thrill has waned a bit on some courses.
Ziplining in LA at speeds of up to 55mph through the forest
When we got to the zipline tour I immediately realized we were in for a treat as the guides were cracking jokes and getting the kids in the spirit to do some zip lining. I saw my 14-year-olds eyes light up when he heard that you can go as fast as 55 mph on these zip lines.
Have no fear, before you go sailing 55 mph you will be well trained by your guides. Plus, you go on a couple of smaller ziplines to start with, to practice ziplining and braking. If anyone is uncomfortable after the practice ziplines there is a way for them to exit the course.
Let me tell you that was definitely one of the best parts of this course we went sailing on the Redtail zip line and the first words out of my son’s mouth were “whoa that’s fast” as he flew across the forest. When you are flying through the trees at that speed it is unlike any other experience. I was the last one to go (besides our guide) and when I arrived the boys were laughing and chatting about how amazing that zipline was.
Well Trained Guides
Each tour has two guides that come with you on every trip to make sure you are completely safe. One guide goes before everyone on each zipline to help when people land and the other guide goes last to set you up on the ziplines. Not only are the guides entertaining but they are very well trained. Our guides had been working at the facility for several years.
Along the way the guides keep the adults and kids entertained with different tidbits about the forest and of course some bad jokes. We found ourselves nibbling on a fir tree (turns out it tastes like an orange peel) and putting our noses inside the bark of another tree as it smelled just like butterscotch. The three hikes we took to the zip lines were pretty small and to be honest, I didn’t even really notice the hike as the guides kept us entertained.
9 Exhilarating Ziplines, one is 1500ft. Long & More!
The Canopy Tour we took involved 9 ziplines that had us soaring 300 ft. above the forest floor. One of the ziplines was such an experience as it was 1500 ft. long. But, besides the 55mph ziplines and sailing 300 ft. above the forest floor (like that isn’t enough) there is actually a ton more on this tour.
Rappel from two giant big pines (one is 90 feet high)
After landing after one of the zipline I see my sons eyes looking a bit nervous. I looked to see what the next zipline was, but it was not a zipline, we were getting ready to rappel 90 feet down an enormous pine tree. I would say the hardest part of the rappel is the jumping off, after that, it doesn’t seem too bad, but boy does your stomach sink when you first step off that platform.
Two “Indiana Jones” style bridges.
The other adventure is traversing across some crazy bridges hanging high over the forest floor. The bridge that really stuck out in my mind was the one where our guide had us sit down and hang our legs over the edge. Wowza. That was amazing. The views are unbelievable and even though you are strapped in, the feeling of sitting that high, with your feet dangling above the forest floor gives you some serious butterflies.
Overall, I could not be more impressed with Ziplines at Pacific Crest, it truly was the best ziplining we have ever experienced in California and right up there with some of the ziplining in places like Kauai and Costa Rica. The Canopy Tour we took was about 3.5 hours and costs $129 per person if you visit Friday – Sunday and $119 per person on Monday – Thursday. If you are in the L.A. area I would say this is an absolute must do. There are also other tours available, so check them out. It’s a great way to see the other side of Los Angeles that is often overlooked. The mountains are stunning and this is an absolutely exhilarating experience. Use my code munchkins30 between now and August 20th for $30 off per guest on Mt View and Canopy tours (Excludes Quest Tour and Ultimate All Day Adventure package).