Pennsylvania has a number of zipline operations and more are being built all the time. Now whenever our travels take us near a ziplining operation, we make it a point to try it for ourselves and then share our experiences on this website. Be sure to use the Zip Lining in Pennsylvania link to the right to see reports on all of the Pennsylvania zip line operations we have visited. We also invite you to visit our reports from other states if you plan to do any traveling.
The Vertical Trek – Roundtop Mountain Resort
We were delighted to find that Roundtop Mountain Resort, near York PA, has a zip line tour called the Vertical Trek so we decided to check it out. This tour is completely hidden in the trees on the mountainside so don’t be fooled when you first pull in. There are a couple of smaller zip lines near the base area but they are not a good indication of the adventure that awaits above!
We were able to book our reservation on-line which was really convenient. The website had lots of pictures and a video so we had an idea that this would be good. Our guides were ready and waiting upon arrival and they helped us get fitted with helmets and harnesses. After a relaxing chairlift ride to the top of the mountain and a thorough safety presentation, we were faced with the first zip lines. Let me tell you, this thing is for real! The first lines were over 300 feet long and ended on a tower about 40′ high. You control your own speed, so unlike the tour we took on vacation, you are really involved.
After the first zip line, there was a series of elements on the side of a cliff including swinging bridges, a cable with ”vines” to hold onto and a really cool Tarzan swing (yes they encourage a good yell from everyone). This area really feels wild and it is hard to believe that you are at a ski resort. Then came my favorite part – a long zip line that leaves from the cliff face. It’s really a thrill to run off the edge and fly through the trees over 40′ up. That zip line ends at a very high platform connected by a swinging bridge to another zip line. After that, the course settles into a series of zip lines, a couple of short sections of boulder hopping and another interesting feature or two.
When it was all said and done, the Vertical Trek took about 3 hours and we enjoyed every second of it. The guides were personable and very safety conscious. The price tag may seem a little steep at $66.00 but trust me, it was worth every penny! I definitely recommend it if you like outdoor adventure. Be sure to bring some bug spray as the majority of the Trek is in the woods.
Roundtop Mountain Resort also offers a number of other summer activities. If you like weird sports, try the OGO Balls – 11 foot inflatable balls that you crawl inside and then roll down the snow tubing runs. They also have some great family activities clustered around the base area and offer the ability to add unlimited use of those activities for only $20.00 with your paid Trek. I suggest reserving an early Trek (10 am or 11 am) and then enjoy the other activities after your Trek. The OGO Ball alone is worth the extra Jackson.
There is a small bar on their lodge deck and the food court serves a small but varied menu that is reasonably priced. It was a great way to wrap up the day. For more information, visit http://www.skiroundtop.com/vertical-trek.