Bellevue Challenge Course & Zip Tour
Bellevue Outdoor Learning & Development Program (B.O.L.D.)
Experience an exhilarating adventure or have fun learning to become a highly functional team. So close to home, school or work, yet you feel as if you’re miles and miles away from the city.
The Bellevue Challenge Course at Eastgate Park, nestled on a hillside above South Bellevue Community Center and tucked among the Douglas firs, cedars and broad-leaf maples, is comprised of four independent elements:
A high course, low course, vertical play pen and the new zip tour.
These elements are the tools used in a series of activities designed to strengthen self-esteem or improve the performance and cohesiveness of any group through a combination of teamwork, communication and individual problem-solving. Participants always have a choice of the level of challenge they wish to accept.
BELLEVUE ZIP TOUR - Feel Wild in the City
The Bellevue Zip Tour is in an amazing old maple and Douglas fir forest in Bellevue. The zip lines are as long as 458 feet and are as high as 80 feet above the ground. Travel up to 35 mph between views of Mt. Baker and Glacier Peak from inside the branches of a big leaf maple tree. The Bellevue Zip Tour is a natural wonder in the city, waiting to be discovered by you.
On the Edge of Bellevue
With easy access off I-90 and I-405, and a short drive to Eastgate Park, this tour will make you feel like you're in the wild. Directions
- 6.5 zip lines ranging in length from 78 to 458 feet; the .5 line is an exit zip.
- 2 suspension bridges; the longest is 54 feet long.
- The highest platform is 80 feet off the ground.
- Riders will travel at speeds up to 35 mph. Actual speeds depend on a rider's weight and weather conditions.
- Most tours will take approximately 2.5 hours to complete.
There are multiple tours each day - 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sunday tours begin at 10:30 a.m.
- April through June - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
- July through August - open daily.
- September through October - Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Zip Tour Fees
- $44 - Youth (ages 9-17)
- $69 - Adult (18 years and older)
- Advance reservations are required.
- Drop-ins are accepted on a space-available basis.
- Click the button to check availability and make reservations.
- Inclusive and accessible accommodations are available by request.
Participant requirements and restrictions
- Minimum age is 9 years.
- Riders must weigh between 60-275 pounds.
- Expectant mothers and individuals with heart conditions cannot ride.
On the day of your scheduled tour:
- Check in at the South Bellevue Community Center (14509 SE Newport Way) 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour start time.
- Sign the Challenge Course Waiver Form (parent/legal guardian must sign for participants under 18).
- Receive a wristband to confirm check-in.
- Head to the Bellevue Challenge Course to get your gear on - and have fun!
Additional information and forms for the Bellevue Zip Tour
New features added in 2013: Access to the high course will include a 30-foot cargo net, which will get climbers onto the course much quicker and in a fun, challenging way. Add excitement as you exit the high course by way of a 150-foot zipline.
Discover yourself on the Bellevue Challenge Course, a ropes course with crossings as high as 45 feet above the ground providing a unique recreational and adventurous experience. Tame your goose bumps as you traverse the Burma Loops Bridge, Charlie Chaplin Walk, Flea Jump, Heebie-Jeebie and sixteen other 'rope' crossings. The thrills and challenges, plus a safety harness and some encouragement, will provide a memorable experience to share with your friends and family. You'll go home refreshed and more confident. This is a great outdoor adventure activity for individuals, families, neighbors, co-workers or any group seeking a fun time together.
Video of Discovery Challenge
What people have said about Discovery Challenge:
“The staff that assisted us was great! They were fun, friendly and easygoing with us! I had a blast! The course is so challenging and worth doing over and over again. What a rush. I love how it gets easier as your confidence builds with each challenge on the course.”
“I highly recommend the Discovery Challenge course - it IS challenging and quite a discovery. And it’s a great workout as well.”
“This was SO MUCH FUN! My husband and I both purchased passes, and enjoyed the ropes course immensely. The instructors are great, the equipment was in pristine condition, and the location is easy to find. My husband has already signed up to go back again this weekend on his own! “
“Discovery Challenge was such a great adrenaline rush. It really pushes you out of your comfort zone. So, you learn something about yourself. And if you go with a group of friends, it becomes a cherished, shared memory and experience.”
Session Start Times:
June through September - 6 p.m.
April through October - 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.
May through September - 10 a.m., 1 p.m., and 4 p.m.
May through September - 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
No Discovery Challenge program on Memorial or Labor Day Weekends
Challenge Course Fees:
- $39 - Youth (ages 9-17)
- $49 - Adult (18 years and older)
- Minimum age is 9 years
- Minimum height is 5 feet
- Maximum weight is 260 lbs
- Call 425-452-4240 in advance to reserve your date and time; drop-ins are welcome on a space-available basis.
- Payment is required at time of booking; be prepared to pay with a Visa or MasterCard.
On the day of your scheduled session:
- Check in at the South Bellevue Community Center (14509 SE Newport Way), 15 minutes prior to your session start time.
- Sign the waiver form (parent/legal guardian must sign for participants under 18).
- Receive a wristband to confirm check-in.
- Head to the Challenge Course!
Bellevue Outdoor Learning and Development (B.O.L.D.)
Ideal for classes or work teams, the course helps groups learn together. Nearly any group that wants to be more successful can benefit. Under the supervision of skilled staff, your group will craft a solution to the Crocodile Crossing, support each other on the Wild Woozy or cheer someone crossing Islands in the Sky. Each of the 24 activities at the Bellevue Challenge Course is an opportunity to learn while playing.
What can your group learn?
Your group or team can learn valuable life skills through interactive participation in the B.O.L.D. program on the challenge course: teamwork, problem solving, support, communication and leadership.
Who Can Attend B.O.L.D.?
Nearly any group, ages 12 to 80, can attend a challenge course.
- School Classes
- Sports Teams
- Youth Groups
- Community Groups
The challenge course activities dramatically show success as participants become more effective problem solvers. When attempting a difficult task, participants will see and feel how effective support and communication help them complete impossible-looking tasks. While experiencing these things, participants will also see effective leadership in action.
Additional information and forms for B.O.L.D.:
The Challenge Course and South Bellevue Community Center are located at Eastgate Park, a 25-acre park King County transferred to the city in January 2003. Eastgate Park is located on Southeast Newport Way, across from the Newport Library.
From I-90 East, take Exit 11; turn right onto 150th Avenue SE; turn right onto SE Newport Way; the park is on your left (south side).
From I-90 West, take Exit 11 and merge left onto 150th Avenue SE; turn right onto SE Newport Way; the park is on your left (south side).