an Alaska zipline tour
Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures sail above and through a gorgeous stand of Northern Pacific Temperate Rain Forest high above a glacial valley floor just six miles north of Seward, Alaska, near the northern tip of Resurrection Bay.
Guests will meet at the Adventure Center in the Seward Small Boat Harbor where they will board a Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures van and drive out to the course. Vans leave promptly from the Adventure Center 30 minutes prior to the tour time. As participants arrive on location they will be met by the sight of a large yurt perched in a tree above them. This is the Stoney Creek Welcome Center.
Tour groups form up at the Welcome Center, meet their guides, outfitted with harnesses and helmets, instructed on proper zip line riding and braking technique, and put through practice “ground school” runs. Once completed they will be transported up a forest drive to a launch point near the top of the valley. Next comes a short walk to the course entrance and the first zip line leading to a platform with a panoramic view across the valley and glaciers to the southwest.
The Thrilling Traverse
The first zip line traverse is a short 65 feet across the fall line, running fairly close to ground level and allowing riders a chance to become comfortable with the process. Still high along the valley wall, the third zip line travels 190 feet and lands 50 feet up the trunk of a huge Sitka spruce. The fifth traverse soars above the trees 1,100 feet back across the valley wall, sails over a reflecting pond, and comes to a stop at a platform 75 feet up another Sitka spruce.
From this point onward the tour path descends into the ever deeper and darker rain forest with its dense vegetation and sparkling creeks. A 600-foot zip line into an enormous mountain hemlock is followed by a shorter line at mid-level in the forest and a spot where bald eagles have often been sighted. From the landing platform each group member rappels 60 feet down to the platform entrance of an aerial walkway that begins just above the ground but ends 120 feet later at a point 60 feet up another Sitka spruce.
The route now takes a 90-degree turn and crosses a long bridge to a hemlock where zip line riding resumes. A 280-foot line travels toward the valley floor, ending in a spruce close to the entry road. The final traverse then crosses over the tour parking lot and past the Welcome Center yurt to land in a group of Sitka Spruce where a 40-foot rappel brings the group back to earth at last.
Harnesses and helmets are shed, and group members return to the Welcome Center to collect any belongings stowed there and to view and select photos of themselves taken during the tour.