Are your little monkeys (literally) climbing the walls? Need to burn off some serious energy? Consider going vertical at High Trek Adventures, an aerial adventure park with an extensive high ropes course and three zip lines. Nestled in the back of Everett’s Paine Field Community Park, this elevated challenge course is open year-round and offers fun and adventure for all ages and skill levels. If you’re looking to try something new, encourage confidence in your child or foster a sense of adventure, this park is for you. Read on!
Playground in the Sky
The massive structure has over 60 aerial elements – color-coded based on difficulty – that you and your crew of monkeys can climb, balance and swing through from heights of 15 to 50 feet. Walk over aerial bridges, traverse giant spider webs or cross tightrope walks as you choose your own adventure.
There are two courses to accommodate different ages and skill levels. The Cadet’s Course spans the entire first level and is full of beginner elements geared towards children ages four and up. It’s also a great option for those who feel nervous climbing at height. The more rigorous Captain’s Course offers beginner, intermediate and advanced elements. The higher you climb, the more challenging the aerial elements become. And at each platform, you can try different elements. The best part? The course design allows climbers to choose a different course every time they visit. Repeat your favorite elements or blaze a new path.
High Trek provides every participant with state-of-the-art safety gear. Every climber will be outfitted with a helmet, a pair of gloves, a full body harness and a set of smart belay personal safety tethers used to keep you connected to the built-in steel cable lifelines on the course at all times. And no experience with this type of gear is necessary since all adventurers attend Ground School, taught by High Trek staff, before taking on the course. This course orientation will teach you everything you need to know, including how to fit your gear, how to use the belay safety tethers and how to use the zip line.
Age and Weight Restrictions
High Trek maintains age and weight restrictions to ensure safety for all participants. Here are some things to keep in mind:
Children under 14 are required to have parent/guardian supervision on the premises during their visit.
Ages 4 and up can explore the Cadet’s Course.
Ages 7 to 10 can explore the Captain’s Course if accompanied by a responsible adult to help with transitions.
Ages 11 and up are encouraged to experience the Captain’s Course on their own. Psst…typically, this age group is able to reach all belay cables on their own.
The maximum weight for all participants on all courses and zip lines is 265 pounds.
Need to Know: The 5 Ws
Waiver: All participants – youth and adults – must have a completed waiver. Save time and complete it online before your arrival or sign one on-site.
Weather: The park is 100 percent outdoors and open year-round, rain or shine. Consider the elements before visiting and pack a raincoat or jacket in case of inclement weather.
What to Wear: Comfortable clothing is a must. Keep in mind that you’ll be wearing a full-body harness. During the warmer months, skip the shorts and wear light-weight pants. If you’re climbing during the colder season, wear warm layers. Closed toes shoes are mandatory on the course. Choose shoes with sturdy soles and traction. Empty pockets are also required. And nothing goes in the air that could potentially fall to the ground. High Trek has secure cubbies to house personal items.
Water: Hydrate! You’re moving around and burning energy, so proper hydration and nutrition is a must. High Trek sells bottled water, soda and other drinks. If you’re hungry, they also offer a selection of energy bars, chips, candy and other snacks to fuel your adventure.
Where to Watch: Spectators can watch aerial adventurers trek through the course by strolling around the grounds. The park is open to the public and free for onlookers. There is also a versatile covered area that provides shade in the summer and shelter during rainy, cool months. Leashed pets are allowed on the grounds.
Reservations and Pricing
Reservations are highly recommended, but not required. Note: there is limited capacity and booking a reservation online will guarantee your access to the course. Plan to arrive about 15 minutes before your scheduled time, so you can check-in and get ready to go.
A Captain’s Course or Cadet’s Course ticket is good for up to two hours of fun in the air. Feel free to take breaks and attack the course again and again. If you need more time on the course, one-hour extensions are available at discounted rates.
High Trek Adventures
11928 Beverly Park Rd., Bldg. C.
Everett, Wa 98204
Cost: Ages 4 & up, $18/hour; Ages 7–10, $22/hour, $33/two hours, $60/all day; 11 & up, $35/hour, $45/two hours, $80/all day. Check online for seasonal discounts and group rates.
Hours: Visit High Trek’s online calendar for current hours and events.
Have you visited High Trek Adventures with your kids? Tell us about your experience in the comments below.
—Abbey McDermott McGee (all photos courtesy of the writer)