During the Summer months, Adventure Peak at Heavenly transforms into a summer thrill park for all ages.
The following activities are available during the summer months:
- Hot Shot Zipline (1,000 foot quad zipline with views of Mt Tallac)
- Blue Streak Zipline (3,300 foot double zipline with view of Lake Tahoe)
- 3 ropes courses of varying difficulty appropriate for children (age 5 and up) to adults.
- kids ropes course little kids ages 3 and up
- permanent 25-foot climbing wall
- double summer tubing run (the only one in Lake Tahoe)
Tamarack Lodge serves cafeteria style meals with both indoor and outdoor seating. For those milling about just enjoying the views lawn games like bean bag toss allow for a relaxing day at 9150 feet above sea level.
During the summer months, Adventure Peak at Heavenly transforms into a summer thrill park for all ages. Our boys 9 and 12 were begging all week to check out all the activities at Adventure Peak, and we did not leave disappointed. Even when the thrills of winter die down, Heavenly still caters to the adrenaline junkie.
Our family loves tubing in the winter, so we were pretty excited to check out the 500-foot summer tubing run. You have to be at least 48" tall to go on the tubing run. You pick up your tube at the bottom of the run, and travel up the covered cat track with your tube, alight at the top and walk over rubber mats to a green and orange tubing run. The run is made of the strangest plastic material, but it sure was slippery. I recommend asking the attendants at the top to spin they push you off for a little extra thrill. With a 65 ft drop, you pick up a surprising amount of speed. It's just about enough thrill to get some squeals out of everyone, but not too scary. You get three rides of $15.
During the summer time, Adventure Peak offer three ropes courses with varying difficulty appropriate for children (age 5 and up) to adults. Most recently a forth kids course for ages 3 and up has been added to round up the offering in "courage-testing" fun. A series of ropes, swinging bridges, and tight ropes allow you to tackle obstacles at your own pace. Each of the three main courses offer a slightly different experience. The Discovery Forest Ropes Course allows you to feel immersed in nature as the obstacles are strung between the trees. This course finishes with a side by side zipline. Black Bear Course is designed for the first time ropes course participant and smaller bodies. Each element is a little shorter and the height from the ground isn't quite as intimidating.
Boulder Cove is the most advanced course with two levels of obstacles stacked one above the other. This was the course that our 9 and 12 year old took on. The second level was definitely more challenging because of the added height and how the obstacles were designed. Our 9 year old is about 52" tall and it was definitely a stretch for him to reach the cables to hook and unhook the safety harness and reach the next hand hold throughout the course. For our 12 year old who is pretty adventurous, the course was the perfect amount of challenge. What's cool about Boulder Cove is that at any point of time in the course, you always have two choices of elements to tackle. If one looks too intimidating, you can choose to cross over to the other side on a walking platform and do the other obstacles instead. If you have a group with varying ability level, the set up of Boulder Cove allows you to all stay together but take on different challenges.
Guides provide safety instruction and coach you through when kids (and adults) get overly nervous. We were very impressed with the quality of the safety equipment and the attention that the guides paid to keeping everyone safe. We also loved that there were platforms we could stand on to cheer our kids on as they conquered their fears. If you rather observe, you can request a helmet and hang out under the course and watch your kids from below.
New to Adventure Peak this year is a new permanent 25-foot climbing wall which adds a new type of thrill to the mountain. This climbing wall will be open both during the summer and winter. During the summer months, Tamarack Lodge is open serving cafeteria style meals with both indoor and outdoor seating. For those milling about just enjoying the views, lawn games like bean bag toss allow for a relaxing day at 9,150 feet above sea level. The Tamarack Express chair lift operates throughout the summer, so if you want an even more spectacular view of Lake Tahoe, take a ride up. You'll also find some hiking trails at the top.
The summer time vibe at Adventure Peak is much more relaxed and laid back and you can easily spend 4-5 hours up there hanging out and having a fun-filled day. However, bear in mind that to get to Adventure Peak, you also need to purchase a Gondola ticket as well. So, the cost of everything for a family certainly adds up. Be sure to give yourself enough time to make your way up before your first scheduled activity, and stop at the observation deck on the way up because the views of Lake Tahoe are truly postcard worthy from the deck.
*Disclosure: I received a partial discount for our family to facilitate this review and capture these photos, but as always, these opinions and the squeals of delight were entirely my own.