If you’re looking for an alternative to the usual summer water activities at Lake Tahoe, consider Treetop Adventure Park, where zip line meets ropes course for plenty of heart-pounding thrills. The park consists of platforms installed in trees high above the ground and connected by configurations of cables, wood, rope, and zip lines to form bridges. The price is extremely reasonable -- $45 for adults and $28 for kids. Be forewarned though, this activity is physically and mentally challenging, involving strength, agility, and an ability to set aside any fear of heights you may have!
My husband, two kids and I tried Treetop out with some friends over a recent August weekend. We spent almost three hours there, including the time it took to don our safety gear and receive “ground training.” Each of the five adult courses ranges in difficulty from the easiest “pink” one, to the most challenging “blue” course. In the time we were there, most of us completed two or three of the five courses. Participants are able to do the courses without the direct assistance of staff by using a belay system that ensures you can never be disconnected from the safety cables. There’s also a separate kids course that is easier and lower to the ground. All the kids in our group, the youngest being nine, were allowed to do the adult courses with a grown-up assisting. (Maybe not the best idea when you read my comments below.)
Despite finishing up the afternoon with aching muscles and extreme thirst (remember to bring water; we forgot and they don't provide!), our overall experience was very positive. The forest setting is lovely, and I was impressed with the attention paid to safety, as well as to protecting the trees and environment. I would absolutely go back . . . and hopefully conquer the courses more easily the second time around! That said, the park is new and has a few kinks to work out in terms of management and guest flow.
1. They should limit the number of people in the groups so the courses are not so crowded, or possibly find a way to better distribute participants among the courses based on ability.
2. They need way more on-the-ground staff to provide assistance to participants, so when someone is having trouble or gets stuck in the middle of the zip line there isn’t such a backup.
3. They need to look at revising the height and/or age restrictions to reduce the number of people (kids mainly) on the adult courses and to better distribute participants among the individual courses. Even though my nine-year-old did a great job on even the most difficult course, she was not always tall enough to open and close the belay clips. Lighter-weight kids were also more likely to get stuck mid-zip line, and this caused frustrating delays.
4.They need to prominently post and enforce stricter rules about when to close off courses at the end of the day, similar to what ski resorts do. As it approached 7:00pm on the day we went, one of the staff members started walking around and warning us (in a rude and somewhat threatening tone) that if we began a course too late we might get stuck on it after dark and there'd be no one to help us. This statement was very unprofessional and could have been avoided with a clear-cut and posted closure time.
5. They might consider creating and posting signs with guidelines for maneuvering some of the more demanding platform challenges. This would be especially helpful to first-timers.
6. They might consider incorporating at least one way to exit each course part-way through it.
7. They need to make water available, even if you have to pay for it.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
August 7, 2013
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Thanks for the thoughtful feedback. Just a note to let you know we listened and have addressed and fixed all your items listed. The adventure park runs much smoother now, largely in part to feedback from folks like yourself.
The water issue continues to be a tough one for me. We do provide water in a 55 gal. drum to be used as a refilling station for participants that bring their own bottles. We also sell souvenir aluminum water bottles for $6 for those that want to buy one and refill it during the day. As you may or may not know, there is a large anti-bottled water movement in the Tahoe area. The tap water in the Lake Tahoe area is of great quality and tastes great. Additionally, there is a problem dealing with large numbers of plastic bottles. Because we get large numbers of customers each day, we wanted to try the "high road" and not contribute to the problem of hundreds of plastic bottles. However, we end up with some complaints and with others not knowing we provide water. Every confirmation states to bring a water bottle - I'm not sure it is read as often as we would like. Thanks again.
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