Are your kids ready to branch out on an exhilarating zipline adventure? Besides the thrill factor, the Kids’ Course at Tree To Tree Adventure Park teaches strength, balance and confidence. Tucked in the woods surrounding Hagg Lake in Gaston, it’s an aerial obstacle ride set amidst a fir-tree fantasy world. Think “Swiss Family Robinson” with ziplines. Once kids complete their challenge, they can top it off with a yummy ice cream from the gift shop.20140707_135835

photo: Kristina Godfrey

The Scoop
Tree To Tree Adventure Park, open since 2009, has seven aerial challenges for the whole family. When you arrive, look for Woody’s reach requirement board to see if your kiddo measures up for his or her very own zipline challenge. Kids must be less than five feet tall and be able to extend their hands overhead at least five feet to try the Kids’ Course. This aerial adventure has two ziplines, two wood bridges, two high-flying zig-zag bridges of wood and rope, and swinging steps. It’s so popular that there are plans to double its size and challenges by August, expanding to include a bungee-like jump and climbing feature called the Freefall. For $32 your kids can swing through their aerial adventures for two hours.

Treetop Elements to try
The taller your kid grows — and more experienced — they can move to more challenging zipline courses. A certified guide monitors the kids through the obstacles. Each part of the Kids’ Course is five feet from the ground — compared to the 25- to 60-foot-high elements in the Tweener and Adult courses. Tweeners, or those kiddos with a 5’11” reach, can try out Beginner Courses (Green and Emerald). The highest point for Green is 20 feet and has harder — and trickier elements — such as a moving wood slat bridge. The intermediate Courses (Purple and Blue) for taller kids and adults have obstacles 30 feet from the ground and less ropes to hold onto. Parents can either hang out to watch the kids or choose from their own Intermediate or Advanced Aerial adventures (Red and Black) .

Kids Adventure Course

photo: Kristina Godfrey

The Gift Shop and Treats
After the adrenaline wears off, you may want to pick up a sweatshirt, T-shirt, water bottles, key chains or cup with the Tree To Tree Adventure logo on it. At the top of this treetop adventure world is the Welcome Center where there are a variety of Good Humor ice cream bars, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream treats, trail bars, cookies, See’s candies, crackers & cheese, chips, Gatorade, Vitamin Water and Starbucks drinks as well as  gift cards for your favorite family members.

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photo: Woody’s reach requirement board courtesy of Tree To Tree Adventure Park

Plan Your Visit
The park is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. seven days a week, but hours are flexible depending on reservations. Reservations are required. For the really adventurous kiddo, Tree To Tree also has two summer camps in July and August. Session 2 is has passed, but and Session 3 is Aug. 12-14. Cost is $159 per child. Reservations are required. Go online to treetotreeadventurepark.com or call 503-357-0109 for more information.

Tree To Tree is located off Highway 47 at the Scoggins Valley Road exit. Follow signs to Hagg Lake. Once you reach the lake entrance booths, it’s another two miles to Southwest Nelson Road on your right. The adventure park is a half mile from the main gravel entrance, perched west of the lake. If you make a day of the trip, pack a picnic basket and your swimsuit for Hagg Lake. Moms and dads may want to take a detour on their way home on Hwy. 8 in Forest Grove to have lunch at McMenamins Grand Lodge, 3505 Pacific Ave.
Tree To Tree Adventure Park
2975 SW Nelson Road,
Gaston, OR
(503) 357-0109
Online at tree2treeadventurepark.com

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–Kristina Godfrey