For one of the best bird’s eye views in the metro area, head to Tree to Tree Aerial Adventure Park, located roughly 30 miles west of Portland on Hagg Lake in Gaston. There you’ll find dozens of obstacle courses and elements – all set in the trees – including wobbly bridges, tight ropes, climbing holds, balance beams and zip lines.
After donning my safety gear and taking an introductory lesson with one of the park’s knowledgeable guides, I ascended approximately 25 feet into the tree canopy to tackle Tree to Tree’s six-level Extreme Adventure Course. Then I spent the next thrilling two hours climbing, zipping, wobbling and dashing through the trees.
Have a ‘tween and teen? The first two levels of the Extreme Adventure Course are set for them to enjoy as well. Younger kids will have a blast on the Monkey Grove, where they can use holds attached to the trees to climb like monkeys in the forest, and in the Adventure Village, an enclosed play area with obstacle elements where kids of all sizes and ages can participate.
The park also offers a 1200-foot long zip line, designated walking trails and a play structure for little ones. Safety equipment, introductory lessons and knowledgeable guides are all provided by the park. Note: Reservations are required. Check the Tree to Tree site for more information.