Timber Mountain Log Ride

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Timber Mountain Log Ride
Timber Mountain Log Ride 1.JPG
Timber Mountain Log Ride with the major refurbishment completed.
Knott's Berry Farm
AreaGhost Town
Opening dateJuly 11, 1969 (1969-07-11) (Original)
May 31, 2013 (Refurbishment Grand Opening)
General statistics
TypeLog flume
ManufacturerArrow Dynamics
DesignerBud Hurlbut
Height85 ft (26 m)
Drop42 ft (13 m)
Length1,200 m (3,900 ft)
Height restriction36 in (91 cm)
Fast Lane available

The Timber Mountain Log Ride is a log flume water ride at Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California, United States. The ride is one of the oldest log flumes in the United States and is the most popular ride at Knott's Berry Farm.[1] The ride is one of the few log flumes that is themed in the world.[citation needed]


Walter Knott and Bud Hurlbut ride the Timber Mountain Log Ride in 1969

The original concept of the Timber Mountain Log Ride was not a log flume, but rather a roller coaster which appeared to float in a trough. However, after discussions with Arrow Development co-founders Ed Morgan and Karl Bacon, the ride's designer Bud Hurlbut chose to use a log flume ride system. The development of scenes throughout the ride saw Walter Knott approve the ride for construction.[2] The initial $3.5 million cost for the ride was funded by the Hurlbut Amusement Company, with the ride later being sold to the park.[3]

Timber Mountain Log Ride opened on July 11, 1969 with John Wayne on its inaugural ride. In January 2013, Knott's Berry Farm announced that the ride would undergo a five-month renovation to include audio-animatronic figures and new scenes, while retaining the ride's theme of a 19th-century lumber camp.[4] The ride closed on January 6, 2013, and reopened on May 31, 2013.[5][6] The refurbished ride features audio animatronic figures produced by Garner Holt Productions.[3]


The ride exiting its station as it heads up the mountain.

Originally known as the "Calico Log Ride" (considered groundbreaking in its time)[6] it takes riders through a 330-foot long mountain with a theme of a 19th-century lumber camp. The ride is housed in an eight-story building that contains 24,000 gallons of water and finishes in a 42-foot free fall.[7]

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  1. ^ "Knott's Berry Farm updates a classic". Knott's Berry Farm. December 31, 2012. Archived from the original on April 2, 2013. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  2. ^ "Persuading Walter Knott". Park World Magazine: 48. November 2013.
  3. ^ a b "Timber Mountain Log Ride". Park World Magazine: 47–48. November 2013.
  4. ^ Martin, Hugo (January 3, 2013). "Knott's Berry Farm's log ride to undergo overhaul". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Log ride will get renovation". The Press-Enterprise. January 3, 2013. Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  6. ^ a b MacDonald, Brady (June 3, 2013). "Knott's breathes new life into Timber Mountain log ride". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 24, 2013.
  7. ^ "Knott's Berry Farm's Timber Log Ride, Closed Until Spring". lagunaniguel-danapointpatch. Retrieved January 4, 2013.

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Coordinates: 33°50′43″N 118°00′00″W / 33.8452°N 118.0000°W / 33.8452; -118.0000