Zippy New Attraction Comes to Catalina

Thrill ride offers visitors a new view of the island

By Mark Walters
|  Monday, Mar 29, 2010  |  Updated 6:12 PM PDT
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Wheeeee!

Canopy Tours

It's obviously easy to crack a smile on a zip line, based off this photo on Canopy Tours' website. The company is behind Catalina's new zip line.

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Looking to put a little zip back in your life?

Try this: Put on a hardhat, slip into a safety harness and hang on for the ride of a lifetime as you zip along a steel cable up to 300 feet above the ground.

Sound good? Starting April 14, you thrill-seekers can head out to Catalina Island and take a little ride on the Catalina Zipline Eco-Tour.

The zipline will send daring visitors zinging across the landscape on a trolley connected to overhead cables, crossing cactus-filled canyons at speeds up to 40 miles per hour. Riders will get a hawk-eye's view of the island on the 90-minute tour.

The ride is broken into five segments that will take up to 300 riders a day from Hogsback Ridge nearly 3,700 feet to the beach below, where the island’s restaurants and shops await to soothe jangled nerves.

The attraction is an effort to make Catalina a more prominent tourist destination by drawing younger tourists to the island with a little adventure. Island tourism has been suffering of late, with a four-hour bus tour of wilderness areas closed earlier this year due to sagging ticket sales.

Ready? OK, all together now (in a high-pitched squeal): Wheeeee!
 

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