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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.


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 100 people in one day 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. We also have a monthly Community Open Day for small groups and individuals (see below).

  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

How to book a program –

For a private group program PLI requires a minimum of two weeks notice to reserve any course and a minimum of 10 participants, all over 10 years of age. We reserve on a first-come first-serve basis and require an invoice and deposit in order to hold a course.  To reserve a private program, first we need information on the type of group, range of participants, and goals for the event.  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.

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 9th   Sept. 6th October 4th
    Nov. 1st Dec. 6th  
    Community Open days –

    For smaller groups and individuals we have set aside one day every month for you...

    Our Community Open Days happens on the first Sunday of every month from 1p – 4p.  These programs accommodate up to 35 people from the general public and run them through a taste of the adventure...

    • Open Day on first Sunday of each month from 1p - 4p
    • We register on a first-come first-served based for these events
    • Must be 10 years or older in order to participate
    • We limit small groups to under 8 participants to register together
    • You must pay for these spaces in advance to register for the Open Days
    • We charge $35 youth & students and $50 for adults for Open Days
    • We need a minimum of 10 participants to register in advance or PLI may cancel
    • Registration ends at 5p on the Friday before the Open Day
    • All participants will need to complete a release form in order to participate


     To Register for an Open Day or to receive more information, contact Rosy This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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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