By Thach Tran
This Labor Day weekend, California’s longest zip line will be open to the public in the La Jolla Indian Reservation. Running at 6,273 feet, the La Jolla Zip Zoom Zipline offers three separate lines that run parallel to the San Luis Rey River offering amazing views of the native canyons, riverbeds and treetops.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the zip line was engineered and built with the help of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians and federal grant money. The new zip line is expected to promote funds for cabins, other housing, and eventually a new small casino. With severe natural disasters devastating the reservation multiple times in the past, the zip line offers prosperous opportunities for economic growth to the native tribe.
The initial launch begins at the highest tower which sits approximately 3,000 feet above sea level and followed by a short nature hike through the oaks to the second tower and another ride of 1,430 feet. The third and final descent sends riders 2,071 feet across the San Luis Rey River.
The zip line experience will last approximately 2½ hours.