28 Aug Zip Lining in Spokane with Mica Moon Zip Tours
We had the pleasure to go zip lining twice this summer, once in Minnesota, and again in the state of Washington. In fact, zip lining in Spokane was one of the first adventures we had after getting off the plane in Washington, and what a way to start the trip! Micah and I were in town for a short three-day trip to explore some of the fun outdoor adventures the area has to offer. In addition to zip lining, we went white water rafting and hiking—it was all a blast!
Our zip line adventure was with Mica Moon Zip Tours just a short 20-minute drive from downtown Spokane. When we arrived for our 4:00 p.m. departure, it was time to get fitted with all of our gear: harnesses, helmets, and gloves. Then after some brief instructions, we jumped in a van to make our way to the mountain. As we stared out the window at the gorgeous scenery surrounding us, we knew it was going to be a good evening!
When our van could drive no further up the mountain, we transferred into a UTV (Utility Terrain Vehicle) and got ready for a bumpy ride up to the starting point of the zip lines. We had a blast thrashing around in the back of the UTV, and it was quite the way to start off the evening, that’s for sure! The narrow trails we rode up the mountain were initially created by moonshiners many, many years ago. In fact, that’s how the company got its name—the premium moonshine that was created in these mountains during the prohibition era made the mountain famous, so it’s a fitting name indeed.
Once our UTV ride was complete, we had a short hike to reach the first zip line. There was a total of 9 zip lines to ride and one suspension bridge to cross during our tour. Shortly after our visit took place, Mica Moon opened an aerial park, as well. And now, you can participate in either one of the activities or both.
Each tour group consists of two guides and up to 8 or 10 guests, but we lucked out with a small group of just four participants. Our guides were very entertaining and such a blast throughout the entire adventure. They even initiated dancing and singing competitions as we flew down the lines. There’s nothing like watching people try to zip line while doing the running man or the chicken dance!
The zip line platforms stand at heights anywhere from 6 feet tall to 56 feet tall, and each line is different depending on the topography surrounding the platform. Don’t worry if you are afraid of heights though—you are strapped in by cables from start to finish. Even so, just looking over the edge of the platforms was a thrilling experience. But, don’t get too comfortable, there are several lines where you are much higher off the ground than 56 feet as you cross from platform to platform. Two of the lines cross a deep canyon, which offers sprawling views of the canyon, forest, and mountains surrounding you. It’s simply spectacular.
Crossing the suspension bridge was exciting, too. The planks you walk across are spaced out just enough to make you think twice about where you step, and also just enough to remind you how far off the ground you are!
The last zip line is the longest one of the tour. It takes around 1.5 minutes to get from beginning to end. This line is actually one of the longest zip lines in the world, and wow, was it a thrill! As I flew through the air, I kept thinking it felt like it was never going to end…and I didn’t want it to either! I think we all had grins permanently etched on our faces by the time we completed the entire three-hour adventure.
With the fantastic mix of scenery, long and fast zip lines, the suspension bridge, and our wonderful guides, this experience rang in as one of our favorite zip lines of all time. We had so much fun that we are itching to bring some of our family out on the adventure someday, as well!
We visited Spokane, Washington, as part of a paid content creation project. Special thanks to Visit Spokane for hosting us on this adventure. As always, all opinions are our own.