“Not too long ago Melissa Michlers perch, 50 feet up in the trees at Northwest Trek, was reserved for birds and squirrels.
But the wildlife park near Eatonville is evolving from its traditional animal-watching experience to something a bit more challenging.
From the wood platform where Michler stood Wednesday afternoon, finishing the Zip Wild challenge course and returning to solid ground would require summoning her inner Indiana Jones.”
“The adventure course, which includes six zip-lines and various treetop obstacles, opens to the public Saturday morning. The course, which will take about 45 minutes to navigate, is expected to be wildly popular. Course general manager Jennifer Robinson said reservations, which can be made at NWTrek.org, are highly recommended.
Northwest Trek draws about 185,000 visitors per year, said Donna Powell, the parks business and administrative service manager. She hopes Zip Wild will lure as many as 200 more people per day.
Zip Wild is more than a typical zip-line experience, in which people zip from tree to tree like, as one Northwest Trek staffer said Thursday, a sack of potatoes. Its also an aerial obstacle course and is not for everybody,” quoting Craig Hill in The Olympian.
Northwest Trek Wildlife Park
11610 Trek Drive East,
Eatonville, WA 98328