A summer breeze drifted through the tall, evergreen pines as I took a careful step from one wood plank to the next. The rope bridge swayed and creaked underneath my weight. With a sweaty palm, I gripped my safety line to steady myself and the swinging bridge. Looking ahead, there was still 30 feet to go before I reached the next tree. Peering down, I was nearly 40 feet above the forest floor. Gulp.
Before I continue, we’ll rewind to the beginning of our adventure.
A thick layer of clouds clung to the summer sky as we veered onto the dirt road that led to Tree to Tree Adventure Park in Farragut State Park near Athol, Idaho. Dust billowed behind our Dodge Ram as the tires spit jagged gravel into the hot air.
I, along with my brother-in-law, nephew, and family friend, were about to embark on a sky-high adventure deep in the beautiful woods of Farragut State Park. This 4,000-acre park is located just northeast of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Webbed between the tall pines of the park hangs Tree to Tree Adventure Park. I took it upon myself to review and share my experience at this ropes course. So without further ado, let’s get to it!
Upon arrival to the course, you’ll be greeted by the friendly folks behind the counter of a small building near the parking lot. They’ll check you in, have you sign a safety disclaimer form, then point you in the direction of the harness area where competent staff members strap on a safety harness, which is complete with a thick safety line with a specialized carabiner on each end.
Our group was then led to a training area where we learned how to use the specialty carabiners to the safety line that ran through the entire course. We also learned the proper technique of ziplining. A kind, patient Tree-to-Tree employee gave us gentle reminders on the do’s and donts of the course. I actually made an effort to listen (unlike high school algebra class) because I knew it was info I’d need to know.
The friendly gal ensured us that we’d be safe using the specialized carabiner/harness system. The setup requires at least one clip be secured at all times to the safety cables that run the entire course.
After our group received the much-needed training, we entered our three-part adventure course, which becomes progressively harder as you move through it. There’s also a fourth portion of the course, which is even tougher than the first three parts! I was all amped to do all four, but let’s just say my muscles were good with three…
There’s also a kid’s 2-part course, which is designed with easier obstacles, for 6 to 9-year-old adventurers. The junior and adult adventure courses are reserved for 10+ year-old participants.
Our crew climbed a creaky rope ladder onto the first platform, a wooden walkway that circles the tree. And over the next approximately three hours, we climbed, swung, and jumped across a gamut of obstacles. I sweated like I was back in high school gym class. On dodgeball day. Ah, I can still smell the Axe Body Spray now…
I was impressed by the variety of features; Tarzan rope swings, bridges, tunnels, a SKATEBOARD on a track, ladders, and rope nets. Our group went one after another, making our way from one tree to the next. Each section of the three-part course went higher up than the last. By the time we made it to the third part of the adventure course, we were roughly 50 feet from the ground.
I was super impressed (and relieved) by how intuitive the two-part carabiner system was after a few obstacles. My confidence in the equipment was high from the beginning of my experience because of the quality of the products and the professionalism of the staff. The whole course appeared to be sturdy and well-maintained, which also eased my nerves. It all just felt safe to me.
After countless ziplines, rope ladders, and wooden walkways, we ended our adventure by swinging into a rope net. I was tempted to yell like Tarzan, but I didn’t want to scare the kids nearby. Instead, I let out a loud “woo-hoo” as I swung through the air, clinging to the net like an uncoordinated spider monkey. We then climbed down a wooden ladder to the forest floor. Looking back at our three-hour excursion, our crew absolutely loved every minute of it.
As an overall rating, I’d proudly award Tree to Tree Adventure Park a 9 out of 10.
It’s super fun, unique, and memorable. I’ve already recommended this place to a few friends and family members – some of which have gone and enjoyed it, too. I’m glad we went as a family, and I’ll plan to come back again once our kids are a little older. The fine folks at Tree to Tree graciously offered a complementary day pass to me to review their park, but I’d gladly pay the $45 to do it again. No question. And 6 to 9-year-old pricing starts at $39. (I’d suggest checking their website for current pricing.)
The staff strongly recommends booking in advance; spots fill up super fast! You can reserve your party’s spot by calling 208.423.8289 or booking online here. I’d like to thank everyone at Tree to Tree Adventure Park for inviting us to their course. Keep up the great work!
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