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.
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 208-639-9646 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. We will arrange for certified guides, equipment and transportation to the course from the Cascade Raft Welcome Center, 7050 HWY 55, Horseshoe Bend, ID.
What happens when I arrive?
We ask all participants to arrive 15 minutes before the departure time to sign in and complete waivers. We cannot accommodate late arrivals, so please arrive in plenty of time. The van departs the Cascade Welcome Center at 10:00 am and 2:00 PM.
Upon arrival at the course, you will be harnessed up and fitted with equipment. You will then have a safety briefing, which includes demonstrations of challenge skills. You will have practice time on the ground to ensure you know how to use the safety equipment. There are many ways you can challenge yourself while on the course, it may be walking across the wobbly bridge with your hands out to the side and not using the handrails. As you continue your journey through the trees, your confidence will grow and you can challenge yourself as little or as much as you like.
Can I bring my camera?
Yes you can – we recommend it!! All we ask is that your camera is secured to your person by a lanyard or camera strap to prevent it falling from height. We regret we cannot allow any participants on the course without this, and we cannot take any responsibility for any loss or damage to equipment taken on the course.
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 on the elements as you go around 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 am ill on the day?
Unfortunately, we cannot give refunds for cancellations made within 48 hours of the event. The session has been booked and availability removed from our system, preventing others from booking those spaces. The booking is transferable to someone else for the same date and time.
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.
How much does it cost?
$45.00 for adults, $30.00 for 12 and under
Can I bring my Dog?
No, our woodland is a private area and has otter and other woodland animals on site.
What if it rains?
We are a wet weather activity! In the event thunder and lightning occurs during the session, the session will be stopped, climbers removed from the course, all participants will be taken to a safe area until the bad weather disperses. We will then put everyone back on the course and the session will continue as normal. In the event that weather is so severe that the session has to be cancelled by us, (severe gales, severe snow storms) we will notify you at our earliest convenience and re-schedule your session for another time. If our venue is operating as normal despite adverse weather conditions, and we can provide a safe well-managed session, your session will not be re-scheduled, and no refunds will be given.
We want to book in a group, can we?
Yes. Please give us a call and we can assist you with a group reservation (208-639-9646). Are there any other activities we can combine this with? May to September we offer whitewater rafting on the Payette River. Check our website for photos and the rafting schedule.