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“Amazing Zipline in the Redwoods”

Sonoma Canopy Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sonoma Canopy Tours is located in Occidental, CA - approximately 1.5 hours north of San Francisco and 30 minutes west of Santa Rosa in the Sonoma County. Sonoma Canopy Tours offers two courses - both course feature 7 ziplines, 2 sky bridges, stairs, and end with a rappel to the forest floor. The Forest Flight Course is offered during the day & night flights are available. The Tree Tops Course features a longer zipline and is perched above the Forest Flight Course.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed October 14, 2010

Just visited on Oct 11, 2010. Perfect weather and beautiful views. Guides AJ & Mike were excellent, provided great instruction as well as interesting facts about Redwoods and zipline. First 2 zips are short but then the "sizzler" (fastest zip) gets you flying above most of the trees to the highest point on the course. Iakes a minute to adjust to the height but felt totally safe at all times. Spiral staircase is very cool and the 80ft rappel at the end is a great way to finish.

9  Thank JTAtl
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Reviewed August 29, 2010

This made for a great time. My husband and I went last Wednesday for their 2 pm tour, and we were the only customers, so we got our own private tour with Mitchell and Will. They fitted us with our harnesses, safety hats, and gloves, gave us the safety spiel and basic ziplining techniques, and let us do a few practice tries on the low zipline at the visitor center before jumping in the truck to head up to the first zipline. It was a little nerve-wracking taking the plunge off the first platform, but by the third zipline I felt pretty much at ease. Also, their safety procedures are very good, and you are hooked to the ziplines the whole time via two carabiners, so there is really no chance of falling to your death or anything. Even if you fell off one of the platforms up in the trees, you wouldn't go far. I was glad that we had our own private tour though. There are as many as 8 people on a tour plus the two guides, and I would think that would make it super crowded on the platforms. So try to get on a less crowded tour if you think you'll be nervous. The booking site tells you how many people have signed up for a particular tour already. Anyway, our tour went pretty quick since there were only the two of us, but I think there were 6 or so ziplines, a winding staircase up the trunk of one redwood, one or two swinging bridges between redwoods, and the final descent was an 80-foot rappell from the last platform, which was really fun. Mitchell and Will were very knowledgeable about the trees, and they also gave us some good tips on other fun things to do in the area. If you're not afraid of heights, are not pregnant, and have a sense of adventure, give it a try! It was a lot of fun. If you are afraid of heights, however, you will be terrified. They can lower you down to the forest floor if you freak out, but note that that will probably also terrify you. So just make sure you know yourself before you sign up.

14  Thank kfcooke
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Reviewed August 2, 2010

Sonoma Canopy Tours is similar to the ziplining ecotours that are so popular for tourists to Central and South America. Unlike those canopy tours, this one is located in one of the most special trees on earth-the Coast Redwood. There are only a couple Canopy Tours located in the Redwood Forest, and from what I've heard, this one is much higher, faster, and longer than the other.

Redwoods are the tallest trees on earth, and while this specific forest does not contain any record breakers, I learned a lot about redwood ecology while suspended in the Redwood canopy. I believe at its highest, we were about 200 feet off the ground.

The tour begins with "ground school" where you meet your 2 professional guides, and get trained on how to zipline safely. Then, after a short ride to the top of the hill, you embark on some gentle, less thrilling zips to help you get acclimated to ziplines and the braking process.

When you get to the top of the 2nd and 3rd trees, the view is incredible. You can see the valley, covered in redwood forest. This part of the forest is mostly second-growth trees, where the land had been logged in the early 20th century, but the end of the tour is in old growth forest.

The course is designed so that one zipline is the highest, one is the fastest, and one is the longest. Our guides told us that the top speed was 32 miles per hour. There are also 2 observation sky bridges, a spiral staircase built around a tree, that reminds you of the Ewok village in Return of the Jedi, and an 80 foot rappel to get down at the end.

I live in Sonoma County, and this is one of the best activities I've found for a day trip locally. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Whether you are a thrill-seeker, nature enthusiast, or just a curious traveler, check it out. You could reasonably do the tour on the same day as a winetasting trip or a trip to the Sonoma Coast. It takes around 2 1/2 hours.

Another key difference between this canopy tour and other canopy tours is the cost. I've heard of people spending up to $400 for zipline tours in other places, while this one only costs around $80.

19  Thank shu292
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