PUBLISHED: 10:00 AM on Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Rainforest Canopy & Zip Line Adventure
Zip Lines, Suspension Bridges, Beach Landing, Off-Road Vehicle & Historic Treadwell Gold Mine

This eco-adventure combines the thrill of gliding above the treetops in a rich rainforest on over 5,000 feet of zip lines, traversing suspension bridges, channel crossing aboard an expedition craft, mountain ascent on an off-road vehicle, and exploring hidden relics of a world famous gold mine.

Board a high speed vessel for a Gastineau Channel crossing, passing Mayflower Island and Suicide Falls, with a beach landing at the remote Treadwell mine site on Douglas Island. From here a 6 x 6 off-road vehicle takes you to the forest outfitting base camp. Your professionally trained guides will outfit you with state of the art safety equipment and provide a detailed safety briefing, before transporting you up the densely forested hillside to the first zip line tree platform. This is your introduction to nearly a mile of high tension cables linking a network of platforms mounted high in carefully selected old growth spruce trees.

Your guides will progressively ease you into the forest canopy. Cross aerial suspension bridges, with breathtaking views of spectacular Bullion Creek, and enjoy unique views of Juneau from the tree tops. Discover hidden ruins of the historic Treadwell Mine (1881-1917), once one of the world's largest gold mines. You will have an opportunity to explore the ruins of the original mine refinery, where millions of dollars of molten gold was poured into ingots.

Throughout this nature based adventure you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of Alaska's rainforest. The last zip line transports you to the base camp, where each participant receives a light snack and is presented with a custom cast Alaska Canopy Adventures medal, in recognition of their achievement. An informative narration is provided on the channel crossing.

Note: This excursion is designed for persons in good physical condition. Participants must be comfortable with heights. Pregnant women and persons with pre-existing or current medical conditions, should not take this tour. Completion of a waiver and/or release form is required. Closed toe shoes required. Long pants and layered clothing recommended. Raingear provided when needed. Weight must be between 90 lbs and 250 lbs. Minimum age is 10 years.