Did you know that ziplining Hunter Mountain was a thing and that it’s one of the HIGHEST places to do a zipline canopy tour in America? Neither did I. And by the time we got to the top of the mountain it was too late to do anything about it. There was only one way down!
I had booked ziplining with my friend Kaitlin, my fellow trapeze buddy, and we showed up to find out that the zipline at Hunter Mountain is the longest and highest one in North America!
Ziplining Hunter Mountain Review
There’s 6 ziplines, 4 rope bridges, 9 aerial tree platforms and a rappel at Hunter Mountain. You can choose between two tours. We did the Skyrider Tour, which is the one that starts at the tallest point on the mountain. The entire zipline tour is four miles long and goes 50 miles per hour at 600 feet high.
As they say on the New York Zipline and Adventure Tours site, “Imagine flying through the air… suspended from a cable by only a nylon strap… nearly 600 feet above the ground… at over 50 miles per hour! Take in magnificent views of the Northern Catskills from a point where only birds have gone before.”
New York Zipline Adventure Tours Review
It took a ski lift and truck to get us to the top of the mountain. I’ve been to Hunter Mountain before for skiing and snowboarding. It was cool and kind of weird to see it with grass and no snow.
Hanging out at the top of the mountain (you have to learn all the safety rules) was one of my favorite parts. There’s always something impressive about of mountain ranges. They’re so expansive and majestic.
It was really nice. But that happy feeling didn’t stay long for Kaitlyn. As soon as we got onto the wooden landing, I got excited, but Kaitlyn got nervous. They explained a bunch of rules, threw helmets on us, and warned us with great emphasis not to lose momentum and get stuck in the middle of the zipline. Eep!
And then they told Kaitlyn and me that we were going first! “You two girls in the blue,” they said.
And so we did. We went first and it was awesome. Just us, a line, and a nylon strap soaring over the world. Simple as that.
Was it scary? Only if you’re afraid of heights. Was it worth it? Yes. What it definitely was, was beautiful too. I loved the vantage point that the zipline allowed us. The views of the Catskill Mountains were stunning.
And so we zipped our way down from landing to landing and got closer and closer to the mountain base.
Often we had to cross rope bridges to take us to each jumping off point. So there was kind of a mini hike included – but downhill, so super easy and fun!
Ziplining had always been on my bucket list and I never thought that I could do it on a day-trip from New York. It was great.
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