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8 Adrenaline Pumping Outdoor Activities to Try Near Seattle

Get your adrenaline pumping with these high-octane outdoor activities

By Hilary Meyerson May 23, 2018

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This article originally appeared in the June 2018 issue of Seattle magazine.

This article appears in print in the June 2018 issue, as part of the “85 Best Outdoor Adventures” cover story. Click here to subscribe.

ZIP-LINING
> Fly through the trees via six different zip lines with Canopy Tours NW on this Camano Island farm (Camano Island, 332 NE Camano Drive; 360.387.5807; $65‒$103).

RAFTING
> Get your whitewater thrills on the Skykomish River with Alpine Adventures (Gold Bar, 221 Croft Ave. W; 800.723.8386; $74‒$154), based in Gold Bar, just one hour from Seattle.


GET YOUR KICKS: Zip-lining on Camano Island. Photo courtesy of Canopy Tours NW

STAND-UP PADDLEBOARDING (SUP)
> Surf the freighter waves in Puget Sound on an SUP with the experts at Seattle-based Salmon Bay Paddle (meet at Shilshole Bay; 206.465.7167; $199‒$399).

DOWNHILL MOUNTAIN BIKING
> Stevens Pass Bike Park (Summit at Stevens Pass, U.S. Hwy. 2; 206.812.4510; $43‒$249) gives you an adrenaline-rush ride. Rent a bike and protective gear, ride the lift up and scream down in a hurry.

PARAGLIDING
> Jump off Poo Poo Point on Issaquah’s Tiger Mountain and soar over trees and valley. If you’re nervous about flying solo, go for a tandem ride with Seattle Paragliding (Issaquah, 11206 Issaquah-Hobart Road SE; 206.387.3477; $225‒$2,650).

KITEBOARDING
> Learn to fly across the water on a kiteboard with the masters at Urban Surf  (Wallingford, 2100 N Northlake Way; 206.545.9463; $100‒$510).

SKYDIVING
> If you’ve dreamed of jumping from an airplane, Skydive Snohomish (Snohomish, 9906 Airport Way; 360.568.7703; from $225) will help you experience free fall close to home.


GET YOUR KICKS: Ride the Puget Sound’s freighter waves on a stand-up paddle board. Photo by John Kwon

ROCK CLIMBING
> Little Si near North Bend is a hub for Seattle’s rock climbing fans. Get started with Pro Guiding Service (North Bend, 108 W North Bend Way; 425.888.6397; $150‒$920) and get ready for some hang time.

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