Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

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    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
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    The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail isn't a ride as such. Instead, it's a forest-themed play area at California Adventure. But there's never been a real forest quite like this.

    In it, you can do more things than you could imagine being packed into the small space. You can climb the fire lookout towers, slide down cable runs, slip through hollow redwoods, scale a rugged sideways course along a rock wall, and navigate suspension bridges. There's even a mini-zipline and a "Spirit Cave" where visitors can find out what spirit animal represents them (bear, wolf, eagle, moose, salmon, and skunk).

    Redwood Creek is currently themed after the fictional Wilderness Explorers scouting organization in the Disney-Pixar film "Up."

    Redwood Creek is a good place for antsy kids to burn off their excess energy. You can find something to do there for all but the smallest children, some of the activities have height restrictions. It's also a good place for part of your group to go while the others ride Grizzly River Run next door. And it's a good place to get a little peace and quiet when the park is packed.

    Characters like Chip and Dale sometimes appear at Redwood Creek for character greetings. Explorer Scout Russell and his faithful dog Doug from Pixar's Up may also show up, but in 2016, they were off on an adventure to Shanghai Disneyland. We hope they get back soon, so you can say "Squirrel!" to Doug and see what happens. At Christmas, this may be the place where you find Santa Claus hanging out.

    What You Need to Know About Redwood Creek

    • Location: Grizzly Peak
    • Rating: ★★
    • Restrictions: None to go on the trails. Sequoia Smokejumpers Training Tower (zip line) has a height requirement of 42 inches (106 cm) minimum and 63 inches (160 cm) maximum. Guests must be under 13 years old to ride. Cliff Hanger Traverse Rock Climb has a height requirement of  42 inches (106 cm).
    • Ride Time: It's up to you, but a stay of 20 to 30 minutes is average.
    • Recommended for: Kids up to pre-teen age.
    • Fun Factor: This isn't a ride, but some people really like playing around for a while.
    • Wait Factor: Low
    • Fear Factor: Low
    • Herky-Jerky Factor: None
    • Nausea Factor: None
    • Accessibility: Wheelchairs enter through the standard entrance. Get a copy of the Challenge Trail map to locate the accessible routes. More about visiting Disneyland in a wheelchair or ECV
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    How to Have More Fun at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

    Rope Bridge at the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
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    • This is a great place for kids to work off some excess energy, and there's never a wait to get in.
    • Pick up a map on your way in. It lists six tasks that the explorers need to do to get their badges. When they're all done, find the ranger to get a Senior Wilderness Explorer sticker.
    • Climb the Ranger Station to get a good view of Grizzly Peak.
    • Some parents suggest that the kids should be wearing enclosed shoes like running shoes or sneakers to play here.
    • The Boulder Bears look like a family of sleeping bears turned to stone. They make for a great photo opportunity.

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    Fun Facts About the Redwood Creek Challenge Trail

    Redwood Creek Challenge Trail
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    The Redwood Creek Challenge Trail is a California Adventure original, there since opening day in 2011. When it first opened, the trail was themed after the classic Disney film "Brother Bear." The theme changed to the Disney/Pixar film "Up" in 2011. "The wilderness must be explored! An explorer is a friend to all, be it plants or fish or tiny mole," says Russell in "Up."

    The Millennium tree is real, a cross-section of a tree that fell in a storm in 1937.

    Look for cave paintings of the characters Rutt & Tuke, the moose brothers from the Brother Bear films.

    Comedian Patton Oswalt did a standup routine about the Spirit Cave, poking fun at the skunk as a choice for a spirit animal.

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