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Adventure Challenge Course @ Fort Miley

The Challenge Course @ Fort Miley in San Francisco is PLI’s flagship program. This outdoor ropes course is located in a premiere national park, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, at Lands End. Our tailored programs foster a fun, safe and positive environment in which individuals and groups may work together to develop confidence, trust, support, communication, cooperation and leadership skills.


We have over 40 elements at this Challenge Course to choose from.  Our programs use team and trust activities (like the pictures above) in combination with higher climbing elements (like the picture below), we tailor activities and programs to meet the goals for each of the organizations we serve. Our programs use accredited safety systems and standards, and includes well-trained and experienced leaders to facilitate a fun, supportive and inspiring adventure with a positive message.

What is a ropes course? 

A Challenge Course (or ropes course) is a progression of  low team-based elements and high challenge elements built in the trees using cables, ladders and ropes. This sequence of “elements” uses physical, emotional and mental challenges that employ both human and rope safety systems to encourage team development, support, trust, leadership and personal goal-setting.

Our course at Fort Miley serves part day, full day and multiple day options for private group programs for groups of ten or more, and we require all participants to be above 10 years of age.


Program Options –

PLI offers private group reservation for groups from 10 to 200 people that include schools, organizations, private parties and business groups. We design programs using both low team/trust activities and high elements to match your groups’ needs. 

  PLI offers:
  1. 3.5 hour PART-DAY program
  2. 6.5 hour FULL-DAY Programs
  3. Multiple day challenge courses
  4. Adventure Package includes:                   
    • on-site team building event           
    • challenge course at Fort Miley       
    • transfer and debrief session          

Fort Miley Ropes Course Gathering


Prices are based on a sliding-scale considering the following factors: type of group, range of participants, and length of program. If you have a group and want more specific details about pricing a program, please contact us.

How to book a program –

PLI requires a minimum of two weeks notice to reserve any program and a minimum of 10 participants, all over 10 years of age. We reserve on a first-come first-serve basis.  To reserve a program, first we would need to agree on a day, time and price for the program, then PLI creates and sends the group an invoice and other documents like our release forms and logistical information.  PLI will require a deposit of $200 towards your balance to hold the day. We will work with you to design the program, including which activities we use and how we facilitate the program.

Community Open days –

For smaller groups and individuals we have set aside one day every month for you. Our Community Open Days happen the first Sunday of every month from 1p – 4p and are open to the general public. These programs give you a taste of the course, can handle up to 35 people, and are a great way to experience our zip line.  See the COMMUNITY OPEN DAY FLYER for details.


Map with directions to Fort Miley

Fort Miley (cross streets are Seal Rock Drive and El Camino Del Mar)
San Francisco, CA 94121 

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  • 2015 Community Open Days
    First Sunday Afternoon of Each Month
    From 1p - 4p on the Following Dates
    Feb. 1st March 1st April 5th
    May 3rd June 7th  July 5th
    August 2nd   Sept. 6th October 4th
    Nov. 1st Dec. 6th  


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    "Many of my students were very appreciative of the experience and will take with them lasting memories of being up in the trees and pushing themselves as individuals farther than they at first thought possible. It is an annual tradition and I wonderful way to build community and self-esteem among my students. I feel it is especially important to take them before they go off to middle school where their egos will be challenged daily and they need to support each other and feel good about themselves" - Hillary Mitchell (May 30, 2012) Washington Elementary School


    "We admire the staff and find the physical and metaphorical qualities of the Ropes Course to be valid and useful to success in everyday life." - Tracee Zyla (June 17, 2012) AIM High, summer program for underserved middle school students geared toward providing valuable and enriching activities to set them up for success in the upcoming school year.


    "I think the ropes course is a good way to bring people closer, develop trust and empower everyone to do something they may not be able to do in other circumstances" - Celina Ramos-Castro (August 13, 2012) Mission SF Community Financial Center.


    "Your staff really worked with the students and helped them take the metaphors of the course into their everyday life as a team." - Stephanie Sears (August 25, 2012) USF Esther Madriz Diversity Scholars, a living community at University of San Francisco based in the sociology department.


    "As with the last course I attended in May, this was a fantastic experience for my students. They all commented on how courageous and proud they felt afterwards. It was both fun and powerful for everyone who attended. It also created perfect opportunities to cheer each other on, and to feel supported by others. It was very community-building." - Dylan Steinberg San Lorenzo High School


    "Thank you so much for another great summer at the PLI. It was a pleasure to work with you, and I cant thank you enough for the amazing experience you all provide to our students. Their experience at the PLI is essential to the success of NSLC programs. The students always rave about their experience on the course, and their confidence soars after completing the high elements. Thank you again, and I look forward to working with you again" - Stephanie Sibilia (September 11, 2012) National Student Leadership Conference, a summer leadership camp for college bound high school youth all across the country.