Edit ModuleShow Tags

I Tried It: La Jolla Zip Zoom Zip Line


Photo by Jay Reilly

You Try It!

La Jolla Zip Zoom
22000 Highway 76, Pauma Valley
$99 per person

Full disclosure: I’m an adrenaline junkie. Anything involving height, speed, and safety risks will quickly have my attention. The La Jolla Zip Zoom zip line, which opened in September, has at least two of three. These guys are sticklers for safety, so unless you are pathologically scared of heights, it’s pretty risk-free. 

Hidden in the scenic mountains of the La Jolla Indian Reservation in Pauma Valley (about 55 miles northeast of San Diego, not to be confused with the affluent coastal neighborhood), it’s supposedly the longest zip line in California. 

After getting properly geared up in helmets and bulky harnesses, we climbed onto a military-looking cargo truck that took us up the mountain to the first launch tower. Our guides, Lonie the Launcher and Jungle Joe, helped pass time during the slow, bumpy, 20-minute drive up the tiny mountain road by telling vivid stories of their close encounters with various wild animals there, including a fierce mountain lion protecting her cubs. 

The whole tour takes about two hours and consists of four zip lines. The first one is the tallest and fastest, launching from 3,000 feet and reaching speeds of up to 55 miles per hour. There’s normally a short hike from one tower to the next, but with temperatures reaching the mid-90s, we got to jump back on the truck instead. 

Before releasing the safety wires that kept us on the platform, Jungle Joe encouraged us to “learn how to fly.” This meant letting go of the handle and having some fun. Putting one arm out will make you spin, and putting both arms and legs out, in a move known as “the starfish,” will make you slow down. Not that you’d want to. The views of the mountains, valleys, and the San Luis Rey River below us were breathtaking, and there’s a certain sense of freedom to speeding through the air above it all. It really does feel like flying.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »Related Stories

This San Diego Startup Makes THC-Free CBD Products

Bear Necessities Co. created a CBD product for parents, pets, and even kids

Video: A Peek At Our Insiders Club

For members only…New perks, insider info and access to the editors

I Tried It: VibeFlow Yoga

An editor shakes up her workout at this new vibrating yoga studio at One Paseo
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Most Popular

  1. The Best Chicken Wings In San Diego
    The results of food critic Troy Johnson’s epic quest for the city’s best tiny chicken
  2. San Diego's Best New Restaurants of 2019
    From a 200 million-dollar renovation project to a dirty little burger, these made a dent
  3. The Must-Try Dishes of 2019
    SD Mag food critic and Food Network judge Troy Johnson names his top dishes of the year
  4. Video: A Peek At Our Insiders Club
    For members only…New perks, insider info and access to the editors
  5. The SoCal (Social Calendar!)
    From black-tie galas to costumed 5Ks, these events will keep your social calendar full—and you feeling good
  6. Where to Celebrate New Year's Eve in San Diego 2020
    Whether you’re celebrating the end of a decade or the beginning of a new one, these are fine choices of venue.
Edit ModuleShow Tags


Not Your Grandma's Orthotics

New year, new – shoe? Staying on your feet for long hours at a time just got a whole lot more comfortable with Wiivv’s BASE custom insoles

October is Rideshare Month

Join the Rideshare 2015 Challenge and get there together
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module
Edit Module

Connect With Us:

Edit ModuleShow Tags


Come See What’s New in Palm Springs

This SoCal city is constantly reinventing the landscape with new places to stay and play

Win Tickets to the 42nd Annual SDCCU Holiday Bowl

This year’s USC vs. Iowa match-up marks the Holiday Bowl’s third straight paring of teams that are ranked nationally in the top 25
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags