Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Cascade High Ropes Challenge & Ziplines?
The Cascade High Ropes Challenge & Ziplines is Idaho’s only tree-to-tree ropes course and zipline. Set in the pines alongside the North Fork of the Payette River, our challenge course offers bridges, tight-wires, a swinging log cross, and much more. Climb, swing, and zip from platform to platform through the treetops.
Who can participate?
Friends, family, youth groups, schools, corporate groups—anyone who is up for some adventure! Participants must be between 60 and 250 pounds and a minimum of 54 inches tall. An element of physical fitness is required.
What do I wear?
We recommend wearing comfortable active-wear, longer shorts and closed-toe shoes. Please ensure you remove all loose jewelry and long hair is tied back.
Do I need to be fit?
Yes, some degree of fitness is required as it is a high ropes challenge course. You MUST be free from injury to complete the course.
What if I have an existing Injury or medical condition?
Safety is our highest priority. We are not medically qualified to assess your suitability to participate in the high adventure ropes and ziplines course. We do not recommend participating without medical approval if you have an existing injury or serious medical condition. You will be unable to climb if you have anything fractured, sprained, broken or in a cast. Our guides reserve the right to refuse participation on the course if they feel it is not safe for you to participate. If you have any disabilities or existing medical conditions/injuries please call us at 208-793-2221 for more information.
What to wear?
We recommend wearing comfortable active-wear, longer shorts and closed-toe shoes. Please ensure you remove all jewelry and hair is tied back.
Do I need to book in advance? Yes. You can book online or call 208-639-9646. Payment is required at the time of reservation. We accept all major credit cards.
What if I have to cancel my reservation?
We surely hope you don’t, but things happen, so here’s the fine print. For cancellations made ten or more days before your trip, you will receive a full refund. For cancellations made three to nine days before your trip, you can choose a 50% refund or 100% Cascade credit. Cancellations made within 48 hours of the trip are non refundable. This applies to each member of the party.
What should I bring?
It is a good idea to bring sunscreen and a bottle of water. If you plan to wear glasses or sunglasses, we recommend a strap to keep them on. We offer Chums glasses retainers in our gift shop. If you wish to bring a small camera or your phone, it needs to have a lanyard or strap to prevent it from falling.
Where are you located?
We’ll meet you at the Cascade Raft & Kayak River Center located at 7050 Highway 55, Horseshoe Bend, Idaho. Our center is a shade less than 1 hour’s drive from Boise and about 1.5 hours south of McCall.
What happens when I arrive?
We ask all participants to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time to sign in and complete waivers. We’ll shuttle you to the course where you will be fitted with equipment. You will then have a safety briefing, which includes demonstrations of the challenge skills. You will have practice time on the ground to ensure you know how to use the equipment safely.
How long will I be at the course?
Average time from gear-up to completion is between 1.5 and 2 hours.
Is it Safe?
Yes, but there is always inherent risk in outdoor adventure activities. You are ultimately responsible for following safety instructions and procedures. Failure to comply with this instruction can result in serious injury.
What if I am scared of heights?
Our course has been specifically designed to build your confidence as you move through the elements of the course. Our challenge course will take you out of your comfort zone and give you a sense of achievement, fun and adrenalin pumping adventure! Lots of people have completed the course successfully.
What if I Fall?
If you do slip or fall off the course, your harness will catch you. You will then find your footing and continue with the course. We know it is usually the fear of falling while on the course that concerns most people. During the practice time, you can feel what it is like to fall off an element and be caught by your harness. You will be able to practice how to get back up and continue with the course. If it happens when you’re up in the trees, you will know what to expect!
What if I can’t finish the course?
No problem. We can lower you to the forest floor and you can walk out at any point, return your equipment, and watch the rest of your group finish the course. Please note no refunds will be made for participants who decide not to complete the course.
What if it rains?
We won’t let it dampen our spirits! And we’ll be operating, rain or shine. If you are concerned about the weather, please give us a call to check. Keep in mind that the conditions at the course could be quite different from where you are.
We want to book in a group, can we?
Yes. Please give us a call and we can assist you with a group reservation (208-793-2221).
What else can we do in the area?
May to September Cascade Raft & Kayak offers half and full day whitewater rafting on the Payette River. There are seasonal local attractions, hot springs, hiking, and mountain biking close to Boise.