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SITE GUIDE BOOK UTAH|USA


Disclaimer Paragliding and Hang gliding is an ever-changing field. The publishers and author of this site guide book have made every effort to provide information that is accurate and complete as of the date of publication. However, in view of the rapid changes occurring in sites and conditions, as well as the possibility of human error, this guide book may contain technical inaccuracies, typographical or other errors. It is the responsibility of the pilot (reader) to rely on their experience and knowledge about flying to determine whether to fly or not based on their skills. The information contained herein is provided “as is” and without warranty of any kind. The contributors to this book, including author and publisher, disclaim responsibility for any errors or omissions or for results obtained from the use of information contained herein.

ISBN: 978-1625907189 Contributors & References: OpenStreetMaps WorldWind Ken Hudonjorgensen Stacy Whitmore Jonathan Jefferies Jason Laughlin Dustin Hawkes Jim Peterson Terri Olsen Jeff Ambrose Author: Leslie Hooper Paragliding & Hang Gliding Site Guide | Utah | Usa © 2013, Leslie Hooper Self Publishing UTAHPG.COM Contact: keeweeles@hotmail.com Printed by DMT Publishing North Salt Lake Utah, 84054, USA ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. This book contains material protected under International and Federal Copyright Laws and Treaties. Any unauthorized reprint or use of this material is prohibited. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system without express written permission from the author / publisher.


Acknowledgements

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his site guide book is the result of m a n y h o u r s o f re s e a rc h a n d knowledge from many contributors. The pure passion to fly is the reason this was created, to give other pilots the diversity of what Utah has to offer from the knowledge of the true pioneers in the sport. The main contributors for this book have had knowledge of these sites around for many years, some are new but all with the thrill of being explored by new pilots that want to branch out and try them for the first time. this is what excites us all. I would like to thank pioneers like Stacy Whitmore and Ken Hudonjorgensen who have helped in major areas towards this guide book, without their experience and knowledge this book would not have come to fruition. Their passion and determination to explore and try new sites has resulted in the freedom of flight for many others in Utah. The flying community in Utah is strong and friendly plus has many very experienced pilots with records that many can only dream of, but then the dream of free flight is something only others can dream of also.

I hope the efforts I have put into this site guide book will help many others explore what the possibilities Utah has to offer and In doing so will provide them with a good list of various sites to see the wonderful scenery in Utah. Beyond the pilots that have helped with details I also would like to thank the contributors that have shared pictures that show the grace and skill of others in the air without their efforts we could not capture the experience and freedom that people enjoy in this sport. The many schools that are provided in Utah are well worth the effort to contact. Some of these skilled instructors information are provide in this book, they can provide extra details and experience that this book would not have enough space for. This is a guide only so flying any new site it’s best to contact locals or schools for details and conditions plus helps support them as even non flyers can experience the freedom of flight with a Tandem which they would be happy to provide. Thank-you to all that have contributed to this book in any manner. Now with the efforts of others these sites will not be lost for others to enjoy in this wonderful sport. Be wise be safe enjoy.

-Les Hooper


Ref: http://www.cuasa.com/Records.htm

Utah Paragliding and Hang Gliding Records

This list is compiled to the best of our knowledge as of 2012

If you have any additional info please email: stacy@cuasa.com Or for reference in this book please contact: Les Hooper | keeweeles@hotmail.com

Utah's Longest Paragliding Distance Flights 1.Bill Belcourt | 173.6 miles | Aug 21, 2011 | Jupiter to NE of Farson 2.Chris Galli | 173.6 miles | Aug 21, 2011 | Jupiter to NE of Farson 3.Bill Belcourt | 159.2 miles | Aug. 26th 2010 | Jupiter past Rock Springs, WY. 4.Bill Belcourt | 154.1 miles | Sept 15th 2000 | Snowbird to Eden Wyoming 5.Todd Bibler | 150 miles | Sept 15th 2000 | Snowbird to Fontenelle Reservoir WY. 6.Ben Walker | 137 miles | Aug. 26th 2010 | Jupiter to Rock Springs, WY. 7.Bill Belcourt | 134.7 miles | July 17th 2009 | Snowbird to Green River, UT 8.Chris Galli | 132.4 miles | Aug 14th 2011 | Heber to South of Smoot WY. 9.Melanie Pfister | 115 miles | Aug. 26th 2010 | Jupiter past Little America, WY. 10.Bill Belcourt | 114 miles | July 3rd, 2008 | Snowbird to Red Fleet State Park, Utah 11.Bill Gordon | 110 miles | Sept. 2001 | Snowbird to Vernal, Utah 12.Ryan Swan | 105 miles | Sept. 2001 | Snowbird to I-80, Wyoming 13. Dale Covington | 100 miles | Sept 15th 2000 | Snowbird to Kemmerer Wyoming Utah's Longest Hang-Gliding Distance Flights 1.Dave Sharp | 226 miles | RW | 2000 | Horse Heaven to near Craig, CO 2.Jeff O'Brien | 219 miles | FW |August 12, 2007 | Heber to SE of Lander, WY 3.Dave Sharp | 190 miles | FW | July 10, 1994 | Heber to Red Desert, WY 4.Lisa Verzella | 189 miles | FW | June 10, 2007 | Heber to South Pass, WY 5.Don Sebastian | 188.5 miles | FW | Date needed Dinosaur to ? 6.Steve Rathbun | 183 miles | FW | July 10, 2003 | Heber to Souht Pass, WY 7.Lisa Verzella | 181 miles | FW | July 10, 2003 | Heber to South Pass, WY 8.Steve Rathbun | 180.5 miles | FW | July 31, 2003 | Heber to Great Divide, WY 9.Dave Taylor | 178.8 miles | FW | July 29, 1995 | Frisco Peak to Park City, UT 10.Charlie Baughman | 178 miles | FW | June 27, 1993 | Heber to Table Rock, WY The longest distance Paragliding record flights in Utah

At one time in music history the Beatles had all five of the top five songs. An even more amazing record is held by Ken Hudonjor gensen who in 2006 had all seven of the seven longest flights turned into the Utah Cup competition that year.


Utah Flying Sites | Guide Let's imagine. Let's fantasize about the perfect paragliding Launch. First let's visualize a place that is soarable in both morning and evening, with consistently smooth winds and easy access as well as forgiving ground characteristics. Can such a place really exist? Now let's dream of a perfect mountain flying site with 2WD access no more than a half hour's drive but over 3000 feet above a mile wide LZ. It must have a nice flat top but good slope after Launch and access to at least 270 degrees of Launching directions. It must be soarable and have the option of climbing higher in soarable winds. Say 3000 feet higher. It must have excellent cross-country potential and just because we are dreaming let's imagine it has a NOAA weather site right on Launch, so we can check soaring conditions before leaving home. Paragliding Paradise. Home of the Wasatch Front Mountain range that creates consistent coast like conditions almost every day of the year. Welcome to Point of the Mountain - Welcome to Utah. Home of Cove Mountain, where a ridge finger extends miles out into and 3300 feet above the Sevier Valley, and creates a soarable take off in three different directions. Where you can climb in evening ridge lift up over 3000 feet and look down on mountain lakes and streams along with 3000 foot shear cliffs and the panorama of Color Country. Where thermals can carry you to the Wasatch Plateau and you can thermal above Skyline Drive, a mountain ridge road that runs 60 miles between Sanpete and Carbon Valley's, and seldom dips below 10,000 feet.. From there you can thermal right into the Uinta Mountains and on to Wyoming if you want to. Home of the Parker Ridge - 30 miles of unbroken soarable ridge line, with roads at the top and the bottom, Where else can you get a 6000 ft sled ride in baby butt smooth early morning air from Monroe Mountain or a 5000 foot sunset flight while watching the sun immerse itself in the Great Salt Lake in Glass Off conditions from Francis Peak. Or take the thermal elevator from Inspo over the top of Mt.Nebo or from Hancock and cruise the Fish Lake Hightop Plateau. If you are World Class take the tram at Snowbird and launch in gnarly terrain for a shot at world record flight distances. Whether you are a beginner or a master, or somewhere in between you can find it in Utah. The following guide is of Utah Launch Sites and Landing Zones, this is a work in progress and not meant to be a complete list by any means. These sites are the popular local sites and some of the world renown sites we have in Utah. Just because you know how to get to a site doesn't make flying it a great idea. Always fly with a buddy and contact the locals who understand the site specific details. Always think safety first and approach each new site and conditions with the “launching is optional, landing is required� mindset. In this guide book there is some of the local flying schools for you to contact as they know the local weather conditions. The schools and pilots are a friendly group and will be happy to help you out plus have others to fly with to make your adventure a fun experience. Have fun, live large, and enjoy a long lifetime of freedom, and victory over earth bound existence.

- Stacy Whitmore


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Table Of Contents Little Baldy | Logan | CACHE COUNTY |P3 .....................................................................3 Temple Baldy | Logan | CACHE COUNTY |P3 .................................................................3 Need For Speed | Logan | CACHE COUNTY |P3 ............................................................3 Big Baldy | Logan | CACHE COUNTY |P3........................................................................5 The Strip | Logan | CACHE COUNTY |P3.........................................................................5 Pionero | Logan | CACHE COUNTY |P3...........................................................................7 P-Vine | Logan | CACHE COUNTY |P2 .............................................................................7 Short Divide | Logan | CACHE COUNTY|P3 ....................................................................9

ParaglideUtah (Brad Gunnscio) Randolph | [Crawford] | RICH COUNTY |P2 ...................................................................15 Francis Peak | Farmington | DAVIS COUNTY |P3 ............................................................19 The V | Bountiful | DAVIS COUNTY |P2............................................................................23 The B, [Brighton] | SALT LAKE COUNTY |P4...................................................................27 The H | [Highland] | SALT LAKE COUNTY |P3................................................................31 Big Beacon [Mt Wire] | SALT LAKE COUNTY |P3 ............................................................35 Grandeur Peak | SALT LAKE COUNTY |P3 ......................................................................39 Mt Olympus | SALT LAKE COUNTY |P4 ...........................................................................43 SnowBird | SALT LAKE COUNTY |P4 ...............................................................................47

TwoCanFly (Ken Hudonjorgensen) Point of the Mountain | Draper | SALT LAKE COUNTY |P2 .............................................53 Camels Pass | UTAH COUNTY |P3 ...................................................................................61 Fire Hazard, Lake Mountain | Saratoga Springs | UTAH COUNTY |P2 ...........................65 Lake Mountain | Saratoga Springs | UTAH COUNTY |P3 ................................................69 Inspo (Squaw Peak) | Orem | UTAH COUNTY |P4...........................................................73 Y Mountain | UTAH COUNTY |P4 ......................................................................................77 West Mountain | Payson | UTAH COUNTY |P2 ................................................................81 Jupiter | Park City Mountain resort | SUMMIT COUNTY |P3............................................85

UtahParagliding (Jonathan Jefferies) Heber | Midway | WASATCH COUNTY |P4......................................................................91 Strawberry Reservoir | WASATCH COUNTY |P3 ..............................................................95 Commodore | Stockton | TOOELE COUNTY |P4.............................................................99 Jedi Jump | Tooele | TOOELE COUNTY |P2 ..................................................................103 Stockton Bar | Stockton | TOOELE COUNTY |P2 ..........................................................107 Dinosaur | Vernal | UINTAH COUNTY |P3 ......................................................................111 Horse Heaven | Levan | JUAB COUNTY |P3 ..................................................................115 Mt Nebo | Nephi | JUAB COUNTY |P4 ...........................................................................119 Ibapah Peak | Trout Creek | JUAB COUNTY |P4 ...........................................................123 Broken Arrow Ridge, Chalk Hill | Gunnison | SANPETE |P2 .........................................127

CentralUtahAirSportsAssociation (Stacey Whitmore) 12 minute | Richfield | SEVIER COUNTY |P2 .................................................................133


Cove Mountain | Richfield | SEVIER COUNTY |P3.........................................................137 Fish Lake High Top | Koosherem Reservoir | SEVIER COUNTY |P3 ............................141 Hancock - Koosherem Reservoir | SEVIER COUNTY |P3 ..............................................145 Hepler's Ridge | Richfield | SEVIER COUNTY |P3..........................................................149 Monroe Peak | Monroe | SEVIER COUNTY |P3 .............................................................153 Parker | Koosherem | SEVIER COUNTY |P2 ..................................................................157 Poverty Ridge | Monroe | SEVIER COUNTY |P2 ............................................................161 The “V” (Venice) | Richfield | SEVIER COUNTY |P2.......................................................165 Mt Peale | Moab | GRAND COUNTY |P4 ........................................................................169 Frisco Peak | Milford | BEAVER COUNTY|P4.................................................................171 Alunite Ridge | Mount Brigham | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY |P4...............................173 Gold Gulch | Junction | PIUTE COUNTY |P3 .................................................................177 Edna Peak | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY |P3 ...............................................................181 Revenue Ridge | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY |P2.........................................................185 Uranium Ridge | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY |P2 ........................................................187 Powell Point | Tropic (Bryce canyon) | GARFIELD COUNTY |P4 ..................................191 Brian Head Peak | Brian Head | IRON COUNTY |P4......................................................195 The “C” | Cedar City | IRON COUNTY |P3 .....................................................................197 Mt.Abajo | Montecello | SAN JUAN COUNTY |P3..........................................................201

SouthernUtahParagliding (Jason Laughlin) Honeymoon | Hurricane | WASHINGTON COUNTY |P3 ...............................................207 Molly's Nipple | Hurricane | WASHINGTON COUNTY |P3.............................................211


http://mesowest.utah.edu/cgi-bin/droman/mesomap.cgi?state=UT&rawsflag=3

Cirrocumulus Contrails

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http://www.usairnet.com/weather/

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http://aviationweather.gov/products/nws/winds/

http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/current/meso.wfrnt.php

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http://www.saiawos3.com/KU42/index2.html

LIVE CAMERAS Point of the Mountain | NORTH SIDE | SALT LAKE http://www.liveviewtech.com/flightpark/northcamera.html

Point of the Mountain | SOUTH SIDE | SALT LAKE http://www.liveviewtech.com/flightpark/southcamera.html

Cove Mountain | SEVIER | RICHFIELD http://205.120.142.50/view/view.shtml

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http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/slc/camera/

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RADIO FREQUENCIES The Federal Communications Commission granted to the United States Hang Gliding Paragliding Association, a radio station license in the IB business radio service for an unlimited number of vehicular and portable units in specified quantities. These radios are licensed for USHPA members use on: 151.505 MHZ 151.625 MHZ 151.925 MHZ 151.955MHZ 158.40 MHZ Transmitting with a power limit of up to 50 watts. The call sign issued to the USHPA was WPRY 420. The USHPA frequencies are within the business band, which is shared by other services. For this reason, there is often congestion. With a little persistence, you can find a frequency that is less used, but due to the nature of the service, you can’t be assured the frequency will remain unused.

http://skyvector.com/

AIRSPACE


OTHER SITE GPS INFORMATION

LANDING ZONES Cedar HS LZ Monroe sink out LZ Panguitch HS LZ Junction HS LZ Circleville ES LZ Cindy’s Field LZ Salina City Park LZ Manti HS LZ Lyman City Park LZ

37.6658 N. 113.0678 W 38.5780 N. 112.1284 W 37.8219 N. 112.4305 W 38.2468 N. 112.2207 W 38.1665 N. 112.2735 W 38.4412 N. 112.2479 W 38.9361 N. 111.8475 W 39.2750 N. 111.6396 W 38.5780 N. 112.1284 W

THERMAL TRIGGERS Uranium trigger Cottonwood trigger Gold Gulch trigger Edna House thermal Salina Trigger Venice Hill Trigger Cove Launch trigger Annabella Point trigger Parker trigger 1 Parker trigger 2 Lower Monroe trigger Hancock trigger Fishlake Hightop Brian Head trigger Cedar City trigger Graff Point trigger Black Ridge trigger Molly’s trigger Honeymoon trigger

38.5338 N. 112.2163 W 38.3802 N. 112.2886 W 38.3596 N. 112.2552 W 38.3900 N. 112.3385 W 38.8767 N. 111.8349 W 38.8036 N. 111.9675 W 38.6341 N. 112.0602 W 38.8036 N. 112.0100 W 38.4139 N. 111.8682 W 38.3620 N. 111.8830 W 38.5573 N. 112.0931 W 38.5582 N. 111.8054 W 38.5900 N. 111.7542 W 37.6800 N. 112.8308 W 37.6384 N. 113.0299 W 37.5530 N 113.1110 W 37.2900 N. 113.2778 W 37.1286 N. 113.2990 W 37.0195 N. 113.2858 W


UTAH HANG GLIDING & PARAGLIDING ASSOCIATION

www.uhgpga.org 2012 Club Directors, Officers, and Chair Positions Title President Vice President Treasurer Secretary Safety Officer - Paragliding Safety Officer - Hang Gliding Webmaster Marketing & PR Chair Site Preservation Chair

Name Kristjan Morgan Chris Hunlow Shawna Pendleton-Fairchild Bob Janzen Blake Pelton John Glime Jonathan Foster Jeff Ambrose Karl Yates

Email morgan.kristjan@gmail.com chunlow@msn.com shawna@billprater.com janzenrg@comcast.net precisionpoker@gmail.com johnglime@yahoo.com dysanf@gmail.com jba84121@gmail.com karl_yates@hotmail.com

Phone 801-414-0293 801-935-9058 801-232-4849 801-362-4131 303-378-6763 801-647-8979 801-372-7958 801-599-8240 801-824-0198

Mailing Address: UHGPGA PO Box 711133 Salt Lake City, UT 84171

www.ushpa.aero The USHPA is private, voluntary membership, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated as a California corporation but doing business in Colorado.

A membership in the Association carries many benefits. There are over 100 local chapters and clubs, chartered by the USHPA, which can provide an invaluable learning experience and camaraderie for those interested in or actively involved in the sports. All full members are covered under the USHPA Participant and Third Party Liability Insurance policy, which provides insurance coverage to members while participating in their air sports. The Association publishes a monthly magazine, Hang Gliding and Paragliding. A full membership includes a subscription to the magazine. U.S. Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association P.O. Box 1330 Colorado Springs, CO 80901 (719) 632-8300 | (800) 616-6888 | Fax (719) 632-6417 8am - 5pm MST, Monday - Friday


LOGAN | CACHE COUNTY

http://cacheparagliding.blogspot.com


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Little Baldy | Logan This site has less gradient than Temple Baldy, but a little more altitude. You can drive up to Mount Logan and walked down to this launch in about a half hour or less. Pilots land at the River Heights Elementary school (LZ2) in River Heights Logan.

Temple Baldy | Logan Great spot for several gliders to launch side by side. About a 2 hour hike to this launch. Some pilots have landed on the Hyper Field and the Quad at USU. Mostly pilots land at the River Heights Elementary school (LZ2) in River Heights Logan.

Need for Speed | Logan Great steep launch if you have a Speed Wing. Also works just fine for regular gliders also. The main LZ for this site is (LZ1)

LAUNCH: Little Baldy | GPS: 41°42'31.86"N 111°45'4.12"W LAUNCH: Temple Baldy | GPS: 41°42'58.36"N 111°45'49.23"W 4x4

LAUNCH: Need For Speed | GPS: 41°43'24.75"N 111°46'48.14"W LZ: GPS1: 41°43'36.39"N 111°47'57.48"W | GPS2: 41°43'10.31"N 111°48'57.22"W N

2WD : Hike Altitude: Little Baldy - 8760ft | Temple Baldy - 8092ft | Need for Speed - 6654ft MSL: LZ 1/4562ft/1382m | LZ 2/4855ft/1471m

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Big Baldy | Logan These sites are local interest sites like all in Logan and are flown by a few locals mainly. Its best to contact them for more information as these sites are for people looking at flying sites in this area. There isnt a lot of information unless talking to the local pilots first hand. But these sites are great for north to west winds, but not so great for south

The Strip | Logan This site of course uses the same landing zone as Big Baldy and is just a lower launch so would be the choice if the winds were stronger , as Big Baldy would be better in light to no winds depending on your ability.

LAUNCH: Big Baldy | GPS: 41 40'27.22"N 111째45'10.40"W LAUNCH: The Strip | GPS: 41 40'32.81"N 111째46'33.71"W LZ: 5136ft /1712m GPS: 41 41'15.86"N 111 47'57.93"W 2WD: Hike Altitude:

Big Baldy : 8898 ft /2966m | The Strip : 7800ft/2364m

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Pionero | Logan This is a very good thermal and ridge soaring site. Down side is that it's a decent hike up. You can launch any direction from South to North on the West side.

Pionero Lower | Logan Shorter hike and better for northerly winds than Pionero.

P-VIne | Logan This site is an easy short hike to take off. Good potential for a long flight or XC LZ: Pionero | This is where many piolots have landed, but we need to avoid the crops when they are growing as the farmers don't want us stomping them down. PARKING: Pionero | You can go around the gate and park higher but the road is not very good. Hike up right next to the MC.

LAUNCH: Pionero | GPS: 4136'47.57"N 11147'13.97"W LAUNCH: Pionero Lower | GPS: 41 37'5.96"N 111 47'34.90"W LAUNCH: P-Vine | GPS: 41 35'53.55"N 111 46'50.21"W LZ: 4870ft/1475m GPS : 41 37'12.29"N 111 48'26.25"W 2WD: Hike

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Short Divide | Logan | CACHE COUNTY

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Short Divide | Logan This is a sight introduced to the Cache/Rich Paragliding group by Matt (a local hang glider pilot.) It is on private property and the land owner has given us permission to fly from this sight. You need the gate combination and must shut it behind you. Remember to lock the locks together so both locks can unlock the chain. There is also a piece of land in the LZ that is a NO LANDING AREA (in red). Fly here with someone familiar to the sight. The winds tend to come out of the South West in the afternoons and usually die down the later it gets. Sometimes you just have to wait long enough for it to soften up. As the sun drops, the wind shifts to coming out of the west or north west. Best to get down before this time as the ridges to the north west great some turbulence. Great bench up possibilities and it is a drive-to-fly site. The road to this site and surrounding area is private property. Please respect it as such. We don't drive on this road when it's wet at all as to keep it in the best condition possible. It is fairly rutted out and is really only accessible via 4WD. GREEN - LZ: We have permission to land here any time we want. It's mostly grassy with a fiew rolling hills. You'll have to cross a fence or find one of the open spots to get back to the road. BLUE - LZ: We have permission to land here when there are no crops growing. RED - LZ: We have been asked to not land here. Please be sure to head out with enough altitude to make the primary landing area.

LAUNCH: GPS: 41째53'38.55"N 112째 4'46.86"W

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e at Paraglide Utah travel around the world doing tours, clinics and free flying. Some of the best flying we have ever encountered is right here in our backyard. Utah has a vast verity of flying sites and countless launches that have yet been pioneered. The North Side at the Point of the Mountain is an awesome place to encounter and experience your first thermic activity and to get lots of time in the saddle. Inspiration Point (Squaw Peak) is home to the 2009 US National Championships. Pilots flew 7 out of 7 tasks and are still reminiscing about the amazing flying they experienced that week. The flying in that area is very diverse, allowing a pilot to fly North, South or East. The scenic view from above Cascade or Timpanogos Mountains is unmatched anywhere. Jupiter Peak located over Park City is where the current Utah distance record was set from. On a good day pilots can launch at 8:30 in the morning and reach up to 16,500 feet, from there you can have a nice tour of the Wasatch Front-Mountain Range, fly East to the UnitaMountains or head towards the flat lands into Wyoming. Paraglide Utah aims to educate pilots from the beginning to the most advanced levels. We strive to instill confidence, technique and dynamic understanding in each and every student. - Brad Gunnuscio

Phone: 801-707-0508 (Brad) Email: brad@paraglideutah.com

2010 MONARCA CHAMPION

2009 US PARAGLIDING NATIONAL CHAMPION 2008 USHPA INSTRUCTOR OF THE YEAR

BRAD GUNNUSCIO


PARAGLIDEUTAH www.paraglideutah.com

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Randolph | [Crawford] | RICH COUNTY

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Randolph | (Crawford) Excellent for newer to advanced pilots. Good cross-country potential, excellent for ridge soaring and offers plenty of choices for landing zones. This is a west facing ridge about10 miles long, consistent winds with a very reliable launch for evening ridge soaring. It is a good 2 hour drive from SLC to Randolph, Utah. This ridge makes the North Side (POTM) look really small. Launch is about 1300 feet above the beautiful valley with the windy Bear River and Oxbow Lakes and farm fields.The landing zone has hellish mosquitoes for miles at certain times of the year. We fly this site a few hours before sunset and sometimes have to wait a long time for the wind to die down, but when it does we all scramble and fly for an hour or more until the sun sets. When the sun gets very low on the horizon the LZ can have light cooling turbulent bubbles about 100 ft from the ground but nothing to be concerned about. Sometimes people like to camp out to avoid the late night drive home. WORLD

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Francis Peak | Farmington | DAVIS COUNTY

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Francis Peak This site has been flown for many years and is well worth the drive to the top from Farmington Canyon or Bountiful (Skyline drive). Sometimes soar-able in light winds. You can fly down to the V LZ in west winds aloft on the right day. Take Shepard Lane just past Lagoon- 45 minute dirt road. 9600 ft ceiling was Lifted in 2012 which opens up many XC possibilities. Nearly 5000 ft vert- fantastic view over the Great Salt Lake. West facing launch in a nice meadow. There is a Launch up higher (2) if the winds are more NW but calm winds are best. In general the wind will turn more north as the evening goes on, then east in the late evening as the sun goes down, like the “V” so you need to be off before then. Lz is in Shepards Lane the church next to Knowlton Elementary Note: (Watching the sun sink into the Great Salt Lake while you are soaring in glass off conditions. 4000 feet above the Lagoon Amusement Park changes your attitude about what fun is.) WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS 41 01'38”N 111 50'17”W LZ: 4300ft/1310m GPS: 40 59’56.47”N 111 54’16.51”W

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The V | Bountiful | DAVIS COUNTY

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The V, Bountiful (Centerville) 2WD drive-up. West facing Launch. P-2 when conditions are right. One of the easier mountain sites. This was a fun site to find. We flew over it from Bountiful Peak (which we seldom fly anymore). Good beginner mountain flying and thermalling site. Long glide to the landing zone but there is an alternate LZ at the base of the mountain. You can on a good day fly to Laggon or South Bountiful or even further, some have flown to the Point if the mountain in Draper. There is a North Launch (more a cliff launch) not for less experienced pilots. The more north is not as good to stay up or glide to the school LZ, the north west you need to be aware of the rotor coming over the knoll in the gully, so if the winds are light better to head down the south west ridge and then head out front. The Landing Zone at the base of the mountain can be a little thermic on landing.

LAUNCH: GPS 40 54'38.84"N 111 50'40.35"W

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Photo: Jeff Ambrose

Photo: Jeff Ambrose

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The B [Brighton] | SALT LAKE COUNTY

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The B (Brighton) If you are going to fly this site - get away from terrain quickly and be willing to hike back up if you sink out. Dangerous - Another hike up and fly to the Point thermal site. The launch requiring flying close to terrain bad idea. Lousy landing area. Not a single redeeming feature about this site (except it is easy to get to) besides people know it is dangerous and usually wait until they are a P4 to attempt it. Somehow the B got a reputation as a good first thermal site, and that Just ain't so. - Stacy ( Ace) Whitmore There is a nasty thermal convergence above and behind launch. 7-11 hill and hounds tooth convergence is a classic example of 2 strong thermals coming together, lots of reserves thrown here. The hounds tooth thermal is great but turbulent, do not enter low !! Do not enter between the 7-11 and the hounds tooth hill. 7-11 peak thermal is good because it is fed by the face of the B hill and the north and west side. The hounds tooth is fed by the terrain that is 360 degrees around it. Where they meet is turbulent between and lower down. - Ken Hudonjorgensen This site is in the book to let others be aware the dangers as it is used by many to fly to the point of the mountain. If flying this site stay out front when strong winds or fly in light conditions.

LAUNCH: GPS: 40 36'34� N 111 47'08� W LZ: 5200ft/1585m

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Wasatch Front in winter

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The H | [Highland] | SALT LAKE COUNTY

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The H (Highland) Hike up site, sometimes soarable. P-3 recommended

LAUNCH: GPS 40 43'48”N 111 48'36”W LZ: 5150ft/1570m GPS 40 43’38”N 111 48’37”W 2WD : Carrigan Canyon Dr. 2100 S. SLC Altitude: 324ft Vertical: 5474ft/1660m

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Photo: Mt Wire | Shari Leuba Hooper

Photo: Mt Wire | Speed wings | Shari Leuba Hooper

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Big Beacon [Mt Wire] | SALT LAKE COUNTY

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Big Beacon (Mt Wire) University of Utah, Immigration Canyon, This hike up site is about 1hr 30min. Nice multi directional launch with a couple of launch spots, landing areas for speed wings at the base of the hill and a park out further buts has obstacles to be careful with, plus a few empty sections on the way. Updated Details: A group of 8 pilots had a really fun hike and fly from Beacons (aka Mt. Wire, behind the University of Utah) but I just wanted to share a change to the LZ since I last flew there. The ideal, big, amazing LZ is located inside of the, This is the Place park and the owners are now kindly requesting that we pay a $5 day use fee if we land there. That is the winter rate that they will give to Paraglider Pilots year round. His name is Matt Peck, he just wants a heads up if we are going to be landing there. His number is 801-455-7702. We are golden to land there, grateful for the 3 football field sized mowed field and no nearby power lines/obstacles. If you can't swing that or don't want to deal with it there are still several side hill landing options closer to the hill/trail, and as always, give Airmed dispatch a heads up 10-15 min prior to launch, they are way cool and appreciate the phone call Ph: 801-581-2500. - Becky Brim

LAUNCH: GPS 40 46'11.8"N 111 47' 54.76"W LZ: 5100ft/1555m GPS 40 45'45�N 111 49'17�W

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Looking from Grandeur to the “B”

Photo by D.Shorb

Photo: Jeff Ambrose

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Photo: Jeff Ambrose


Grandeur Peak | SALT LAKE COUNTY

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Grandeur Peak Hike up site around 40 minutes depending on how high you go up, maybe a fly to the Point of the mountain on the right day. Thermal site. Landing Zone, Eastwood Elementary school. This site is used often and is a good learning site to thermal, the hike is good and it depends on how far you go up to launch on the conditions and the day, one of the easier sites and like the “V” (Bountiful/Centerville) site but this is a hike up site and the “V” is a drive up. Like some of these sites they can be a P2 site in light conditions but if the conditions are stronger then its wise to have buddies to fly with to gauge the conditions as they can become a P3 site very easy so it depends on your experience and skill level. Have fun.

LAUNCH: GPS 40 42'0.24”N 111 47'0.19”W LZ: 5100ft/1555m GPS 40°41'53.98"N 111°47'38.28"W 2WD : Altitude: 5900ft/1798m Vertical: 800ft/242m

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Wilderness Boundary in Green- Do not Launch is this area

Photo: Jeff Ambrose

Photo: Jeff Ambrose

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Mt Olympus | SALT LAKE COUNTY

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Mount Olympus This thermal site you can fly from Mount Olympus to the North Side, Point of the Mountain. Do not use the upper launch, we have been warned !! P-4 only - Very tight lousy postage stamp landing zone with obstructions, slopes down with big rocks, if you over shoot there are trees, power lines and houses. Launch is just below the wilderness boundary so you cannot launch any higher. Directions: Wasatch blvd - E on Fortuna Dr. S on Mile High Dr.

LAUNCH: GPS 40 39'37.07"N 111 47'59.93 "W LZ: 4900ft/1494m GPS Wasatch blvd; E on Fortuna Dr; S on Mile High Dr.

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SnowBird | SALT LAKE COUNTY

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AS OF JAN 2013 THIS SITE IS CLOSED PLEASE CHECK WITH UHGPGA

Snowbird Ski Resort Like most high altitude launches this site is not very consistent but worth the wait. Can go to legal Heights. North American record here. This is a P4 site. Excellent cross-country potential! (Utah second longest record 154.1 miles from this site - Bill Belcourt , 2001). Advanced pilots only. This is our best and most convenient cross-country site with a history of great and exciting flights. Climbs to 18,000 ft. on the better days. It took a lot of time, effort and delicate negotiations to get this site opened. It must be noted that because of this, it is a VERY delicate site that could be lost in a heartbeat if one does not abide by all rules and regulations. Please contact instruction first from one of the Paragliding schools. Location: Ski Resort - 20 min. south east of Salt Lake City. WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS 40 33’38”N 111 38’43”W LZ: 8000ft/2438m

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W

e are blessed in Utah with many great flying sites. Most of the sites are hike up and we also have more than our fair share of drive up sites (4 paved, 1 tram, 15 dirt). We have hundreds of hike up sites that have been flown, thousands that have not. Our sites are quite varied including some of the best in the country for each category; training, intermediate, advanced, master, sled ride, morning only, evening only, mid day only, cross country, ridge soaring only, east wind, south wind, west wind, north wind, no wind, high wind. Pioneering a new site increases our risk in Paragliding and Hang Gliding. Any help we can get from others who have experience with flying the site mitigates that risk. This compilation of sites is a rough guide to the sites in Utah that are flown on a regular basis and and a few sites that are seldom flown or flown by only a few pilots. Just because a site is listed here, does not mean it is a good, or safe, or appropriate site to fly. This listing also does not replace t h e n e e d f o r g o o d , t h o ro u g h introductions to the sites by local instructor guides. Site introduction and pioneering courses can be found at www.twocanfly.com Each site has specific dangers. some are obvious and others are hidden. Often the most obvious are the most problematic. Whether you are a visiting or local pilot, welcome to our plethora of sites. Have fun, use them well and enjoy the beautiful views of Utah from above.

Ken Hudonjorgensen Bus Phone: (801) 572-3414 Cell Phone: (801) 971-3414 Ken Hudonjorgensen Email address: twocanfly@gmail.com

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Ken Hudonjorgensen

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en Hudonjorgensen, owner of Two-can Fly Paragliding, offers all foot launched Paragliding ratings, from Novice to Instructor to Tandem III ratings and has been teaching since 1990. Ken Hudonjorgensen is the first Paraglider pilot to be awarded (in Jan. 1996) the highest safe pilot award possible (Fifth Diamond - 5,000 consecutive safe flights). He has since accumulated over 14,000 flights. Ken's reputation for excellent and safe instruction has traveled around the world and he regularly has students looking for his instruction from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Japan, Poland, England, Germany, France, India, Israel, Syria, Egypt, Italy, Peru, Russia, Switzerland, Holland, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia, Korea, Portugal, Spain, Czechoslovakia, Kyrgyzstan and almost every country in the world. Ken began Paragliding in 1989. When he first began with this sport, there were less than 300 Paraglider pilots in the entire United States. One of the few P-5 Master rated Pilots, the highest single seater rating available. T h e s e n i o r Pa r a g l i d i n g instructor at the best training site in

the U.S. and possibly in the world (The Point of The Mountain, Draper UT). The originator of the sports first National Trade Show. Ken's Tandem III rating is also the highest tandem rating available and he was approximately the 10th person to achieve this in the U.S. His first Tandem flight as Pilot in Command was in 1990. He is one of only a handful of pilots in the U.S. appointed as a Tandem and Instructor Administrator. This allows him to certify other pilots to become instr uctors or car r y passengers. He is also a National Examiner. His single seater experience and time is also one of the highest in the U.S. (over 13,000 flights and approximately 4000 hours of air time). He is also a past President and Vice President of the Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, which is the state arm of the regulating body for Paragliding in the U.S. It is a self regulating part of the Federal Aviation Administration (F.A.A.) He held the Utah State crosscountry record for 3 years, and the Utah Cup for paragliding crosscountry competitions for 6 years.

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The Point of the Mountain, Draper | South Side Great training hill. Consistent morning soaring. World famous flying site because of consistent airflow South in the morning, North in the evening. The Banks of the ancient Lake Bonneville left very smooth sand ridges on a Mountain finger that runs perpendicular to the air flow- providing smooth soarable conditions almost every day. This site is used by all Club members and you need a membership to fly here. Schools teach new pilots and also take Tandem rides. This site can get quite busy and by about 10:00am the thermal start to kick in and then only the advanced pilots stay for awhile longer buy in general most people pack up and leave. Around the corner there is the North side for the evening flights. WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS: 40 27'24�N 111 54'06�W LZ: 4850ft/1478m GPS: 40 27'15"N 111 54' 02"W

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The Point of the Mountain, Draper, North Side Consistent evening soaring. The north side provides an opportunity to bench up and soar the 2 mile long mountain behind the launch area. This site is a state fly park for club members and you need a membership to fly here like the south side (UHGPGA). People come from all over the USA and from other countries to fly here. Because of the consistent winds you can fly here nearly every evening in the summer months, and some evenings as the sun goes down you can get an amazing Glass Off. Since this site is used by the local schools for new pilots and tandem flights for the public it can get very busy. The hill behind launch also is a good place for pilots to hike and fly speed wings or launch Paragliders on very light evenings. The park is divided into areas for Hang Glider launch and landings and for Paraglider launch and landings, signs posted around near the walkways with diagrams. The local pilots are very friendly and will be glad to help with any questions about the rules. WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS: 40 28'29�N 111 53'30�W LZ: 4800ft/1463m GPS: 40 28' 39"N 111 53'40"W

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Camels Pass A nice drive up site, although the road is long and bumpy the scenery is worth it. The launch is 3200 feet above the landing zone and commands a wonderful view of the south end of Utah Valley. This has a small hike to the launching spot. Since the landing zone is almost directly below take off, we get to just float around enjoying the scenery without having to worry about making it to the landing zone. We go up a few hours before sunset and flights can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour or so. We need a more southwesterly flow aloft for this site.

LAUNCH: GPS: 40 10'56.98"N 111 34'5.50"W / 40 11' 4.86"N, 111 34' 3.64�W

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Fire Hazard-Lake Mountain | Saratoga Springs | UTAH COUNTY

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Fire Hazard @ Lake Mountain 4WD drive up. East facing and a 25 minute drive from the Point Of The Mountain. Very soarable when it's East cross at the Point of the Mountain. Good soaring and training site with N. and S. facing training hills. Same type of sandy benches from lake Bonneville as you find at Point of the Mountain.

LAUNCH: GPS 40 14' 22�N 111 53'04�W

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Lake Mountain Morning thermal site. Very rough, rocky road, not bumpy but just rocky and hard on tyres. This site is up above and more north of Fire Hazard site in Saratoga Springs.

LAUNCH: GPS 40 16'49.1”N 111 56'06.7”W 2wD

LZ: 4900ft/1493m GPS 40 18'41”N 111 54'34”W

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N AT I O N A L S Photo: Jim Peterson

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Photo: Terri Olsen

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Inspo (Squaw Peak) | Orem | UTAH COUNTY

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Inspiration Point (Squaw peak), Orem 3 National competitions have been held here 2004, 2009, and the first ever open distance Nationals in 2011. This is our XC thermal work horse site, used more than any other site. Obstructions and bail out landing zones are important to know before flying here as there are lots of power lines. Be sure to look at each landing zone before flying. Do not make turns away from the landing zones ever, head to the landing zone and use the thermals along the way or you might not make it. Drive east on Prove Canyon Rd, turn south on Squaw Peak Road. Very high cross-country potential, many flights over 50 miles and 97 miles from Inspo on a Paraglider in July 11, 2007. With obstructions around the landing zones this site is rated a P-4 or instructor supervision recommended. One of three paved to launch sites in Utah. - Ken Hudonjorgensen WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS 40.3011 N 111.626 W LZ: 4850ft/1478m GPS 40.2954 N 111.651 W

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Y Mountain | UTAH COUNTY

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Y Mountain, Provo This site is a site that is only referenced because others fly it from time to time. Like some sites in this guide it is noted for some who live close by and can use it as a hike and site, this site has a good thermal trigger so depending on the day it can be more than a sled ride. Do not use the landing zone unless you have to as it is private property and we don't want to upset owners on any sites, finding places to land and with permission is a good avenue if you live close and want to fly here other wise its best not use this site often. .

LAUNCH: GPS: 40 14'53”N 111 37'12”W LZ: 4900ft/1494m GPS: 40 14’44.96”N 111 38’2.67”W

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West Mountain | Payson | UTAH COUNTY

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West Mountain, Payson 2WD high clearance drive-up. East facing. Take the Benjamin exit; go West on 7300S to 5300W; go north around the turn and follow the road up to the towers. Good first time mountain site. Easy slope launch but can be tricky with lots of rocks with an open landing zone. Morning thermals. Best launch is to the North. If you fly mornings, go before 11:00 or cycles come from the back. If you fly evenings use the north launch, the landing zone is coming from the north. Don't land in the fields with animals and don't block off access to gates with vehicles parked in the LZ. Some XC potential. A great place for new pilots to fly that gives them a better idea of what Paragliding away from the Point of the Mountain is like. P2 site, we drive up to about 1700 feet above the valley and fly down to big huge open landing zones. It is just south of Utah Lake and the farmland scenery and Wasatch Mountains in the distance is beautiful! We often go down in the early morning and get 2 flights in before the air gets thermally. When it does get thermally it can be a good place to experiment with thermal flying. The average flights from here are only about 7-10 minutes.

LAUNCH: GPS 40 05'22”N 111 49'16.42”W 2wD

LZ: 4550ft/1387m GPS 40 06'01”N 111 47'47”W

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Jupiter | Park City Mountain resort | SUMMIT COUNTY

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JUPITER, Park City Mountain Resort Late morning site. Thermal potential; Big air; gnarly mountain site. No real landing zone as this is a XC site, the landowner doesn’t allow landing at designated landing zones. Watch for power lines, people usually land on the road. There is lots of rocks and it is very sloped, not great landing area. Do not fold up on the landing zone, walk to parking area to fold up. North American foot launch record from here 178miles. WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS 40 36' 45”N 111 32'30”W LZ: 9000ft/2743m

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WELCOME TO UTAH’S SKIES

U

tah, reputed to mean “the tops of the mountains,” is a fitting name for such a great place to Paraglide or Hang Glide. The state is comprised of 3 distinct geographic zones which are all laced with flyable mountains and ridges; The Colorado Plateau, the Rocky Mountains and the Great Basin, or Basin and Range. The Colorado Plateau in the southeast of the state is full of Grand Canyonesque canyons which do not lend themselves to good flying however. The Rocky Mountains in the northeast of the state tend to be a bit too remote to be useful for flying. But the Basin and Range in the Western part of the state is full of north south running mountain ranges that intersect beautifully with Utah’s prevailing westerly winds. A plethora of dirt roads and often huge valleys for landing in also provide good access. The possibilities for flying are really only limited to your creativity and how far you are willing to drive or hike. I am convinced that we have only scratched the surface of the free flying sites in Utah. Each year someone pioneers a new place to fly. As the majority of Utah’s population lives along the Wasatch Front in the Salt Lake and Utah valleys, it leaves huge expanses of uninhabited terrain. These are the places that are the best for exploring new flying sites. Along the Wasatch front, most of the good flying sites have been discovered and well established for years. There are some fabulous sites but almost all of the “mountain sites” have some sort of problem. We are plagued with a dense population so we run into issues with: controlled airspace, private property, poor landing zones, wilderness areas, pollution, and constant development. We must consider these hurdles and be very careful as our flying future depends on how we handle these issues.

The Point of the Mountain is the crown jewel of the flying sites along the Wasatch front as it is the most accessible, beginner friendly and flyable place. It is composed of two great ridge soaring flight parks: the North Side and the South Side. A diurnal wind switch that occurs almost daily during the warmer months gives us a south wind every morning and a north wind most afternoons. We can fly the South Side in the mornings and the North Side in the afternoons. When the opposite occurs: a north wind in the morning or a south wind in the afternoon (during the warmer months) it is advisable to not fly or fly with caution as it means a storm is on its way or just leaving. Most locals stay home for these conditions. On a good day however, it is highly possible for an experienced pilot to fly upwards of 6 hours a day; 3 in the morning and 3 in the afternoon. One could even squeeze in an additional few hours by hitting a local mountain site during the middle of the day. I have flown a total of 9 hours in one day at 3 different sites at the right time of year. The South Side is where the majority of instruction occurs so it can be quite crowded at times. The North Side is larger, a bit more advanced and allows for more spreading out, so even with many pilots the possibility exists for all to have plenty of their own airspace without feeling cramped. Pilots here are friendly for the most part and are eager to share information and take fledglings under their wing. After a morning flying session on the South Side it is not uncommon to see pilots chatting about where to go for the afternoon. Groups will often form and organize at that point. Many schools operate at the Point of the Mountain and two fully staffed shops provide any gear necessary. We have a very great flying community here and welcome you to experience what we have to offer. Welcome to Utah’s skies!!!

Jonathan Jefferies Master Rated Advanced Instructor

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UTAH PARAGLIDING SCHOOL

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Heber | Midway | WASATCH COUNTY

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Midway, Utah Location: Above Midway, Utah - 1 1/2 hours east of Salt Lake City. This is an excellent Hang Gliding site and has excellent cross-country potential. Advanced Paragliding pilots only. Climbs can be to 17,000 ft on better days. Hang gliding friends thought we were crazy when we first came here to fly because the lift was so "big" and the launch slope quite shallow so be careful. They were right, it does get quite "big" at times but with good advanced skills, paraglider pilots do fine. Get instruction or contact locals when first flying this site.

LAUNCH: GPS: 40째33'46.22"N 111째28'32.60"W EXTREME

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Strawberry Reservoir | WASATCH COUNTY

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Strawberry, Strawberry Reservior This is a 2WD drive-up site with a short hike to launch. It has a West facing ridge that is a bout 2 miles long and is soarable in a west valley flow. To get here you take Provo Canyon to highway 40- South on Strawberry Rd then East on Big Springs Rd which turns into Forest Rd and up the hill. This area is used a lot for fishing and recreation and so most people know how to get here. This site is also used by groups from time to time from the point of the mountain sites so information from schools will help on further details. Beautiful views overlooking Strawberry Reservoir. It not advisable to fly the gap at the end of the ridge as getting back across is not a guarantee.

LAUNCH: GPS 40 05'36”N 111 07'34”W

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Photo | Canyon beside Commodore Lower Launch

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Photo: Bret Stapley


Commodore | Stockton | TOOELE COUNTY

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Commodore This site is known for strong thermals and a lot of Hang Gliders fly here is the summer. It is a desert site that is west of Salt Lake City, just past the Stockton Bar site. You drive up Jacobs City Road to get to launch. There is two launch spots the lower has less room and more for Paragliders. There is a lot of XC potential to the north limited only by the Great Salt Lake and airspace restrictions. Check Airspace if this is your interest as this has changed for the better from 2012. Restrictions: Do NOT fly over the army supply depot south of the LZ area! Especially don't land there! During retrieves, close any gates you go through as on any site. Wind Directions: SSW, SW, W. Season: May through Oct. As on most sites the winter months can restrict access to many with all of the snow falls.

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Jedi Jump | Tooele | TOOELE COUNTY

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Jedi Jump, Tooele When the wind is too light at Stockton then we take a quick drive and a short hike to the west to Jedi Jump. It is reminiscent of launching off of the top of the North Side. It is about 1500 feet above the Tooele Valley and offers a great view to the north of the Great Salt Lake, it is very surreal desert scenery… it looks like a painting. The launch is almost 1500 feet above the valley. Sometimes we just get a fun short sunset flight that last about 7-10 min. or sometimes we get to stay up for a while and get even higher. This flying site faces north and is primarily a ridge lift site with occasional thermals coming in. It has good downwind (towards the south) It has XC potential. Soaring site with a 1200 ft ridge & thermal lift. Advanced H2-P2 and above. South of Grantsville, UTAH:

LAUNCH: GPS 40 28’8. 54N 112 27’34.81W.

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Stockton Bar | Stockton | TOOELE COUNTY

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AS OF MARCH 2013 THIS SITE IS CLOSED PLEASE CHECK WITH UHGPGA

Stockton Bar, Tooele Mile long, North facing ridge, It's like a North facing “south side” at the Point of the Mountain. This is an evening soaring site. Same consistent air flow from the Great Salt Lake. There is a Meso-west weather station on launch for you to check conditions. Wind is better on the high end around 15+ mph as once you get off you can soar the ridge lift for a long time. This site is popular with local Hang Glider pilots and they are protective of this private site. Contact locals on information on this site since this is private land, but its worth a look. This is a small site and care of respecting each others space is important. Note: Commodore and Jedi Jump are around the corner.

LAUNCH: GPS: 40 27' 48” N 112 22'28”W

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Dinosaur | Vernal | UINTAH COUNTY

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Dinosour, Vernal Landing : An area called the 'Snake Pit' and 'Corrals' landing area. Going there : You take US Highway 40 in Colorado to Dinosaur. Look for the signs. Stop at the Hi-Vu Motel and talk to Mike Warden he is the local for this site and will give you the run down. Also you can contact the local guides in this book for more information and a guide to fly this site.

LAUNCH: GPS: 40 22'14.26”N 109 5'22.73”W

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Horse Heaven | Levan | JUAB COUNTY

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Horse Heaven, Levan West Launch GPS: 39 29' 36.56"N 111° 50' 9.63”W 1.5 hours south of Salt Lake City. Long glide out, need a real modern paraglider and dont fly in a head wind ! Good 2WD LZs are everywhere, road is in good shape, can be steep in places. Short hike to launch and a thermal site. Southeast and West launch options. Wide open LZ Best in west winds Launch elevation: 7800 feet MSL Main

LAUNCH: South East GPS: 39 29'26.2”N 111 49'56.1”W

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Mt Nebo | Nephi | JUAB COUNTY

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Mt Nebo, Nephi The highest peak in the Wasatch Mountain Range. Utah's fourth highest Launch and 2nd biggest vert.(6909 ft) 3.5 hour hike up and loose rock. Launch area you should take a tarp, launching from the saddle 1500 feet lower is recommended. Sites like this in this book represent the extremes possibilities that Utah has to offer and may not even be flown again but for the eggar pilot that likes the extreme and a hike, this is a site.

LAUNCH: GPS: 39°49'18.76"N 111°45'37.17"W EXTREME

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Ibapah Peak | Trout Creek | JUAB COUNTY

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Ibapah Peak, Trout Creek Utah's 3rd highest launch and biggest vert at nearly 7500 feet. That is a record unlikely to be bested, because nowhere else in Utah is a mountain that high next to a flat that low Mt Ibepah is the highest mountain in the Deep Creek range. It's a six hour hike, but absolutely breath-taking. The landing is less than 300 feet above the Great Salt Lake, completely desolate. When we launched the temperature was about 40 degrees and on landing it was in the 80's.

LAUNCH: GPS: 39 49'39" n 113 55'11.6" W EXTREME

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Broken Arrow Ridge, Chalk Hill | Gunnison | SANPETE

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Broken Arrow Ridge, Chalk Hill, Gunnison NE - East facing, morning soaring site with wide open LZ. This is an easy site with plenty of landing options and ridge area to soar depending on the wind directions. The site is 4 wheel drive up launch. This site is mentioned as a local site and for others passing though to know what is in this area.

LAUNCH: GPS: 39 09'07.7"N 111 46'24.9"W

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Central Utah Air Sports Association www.cuasa.com

Thermaling Clinic’s Mountain Flying / Pioneering Clinic’s Central Utah Snow Clinic’s

Cost of lessons is $99.00 for introductory lessons and $49.00 for every continuing lesson. There is also an option for students to pay for all of their required lessons at one low price. That includes all of the equipment, all of the lessons (usually 10-15 flying sessons), and great pilot bonding. For lesson times or questions, please call.

Stacy Whitmore(president) email: stacy@cuasa.com

Cell: 435-979-0225

Jeff Anderson (vice-president) Cell: 435-896-7999

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M

ost pilots know Utah as an excellent place to fly. Everyone is familiar with The Point and the great sites along the Wasatch Front. Tucked away in the South Central part of the state is an area that may well be its Crowning Gem. Near Richfield there are numerous sites that have huge untapped potential. There are several high altitude launches with easy access. You could do a huge sled run in the morning, fly XC in the day, and then do an incredible glass off in the evening. I think it contains some of the most consistent flying in Utah. Cove almost always seems to work. With Edna, Monroe, Parker and others close by you have several options. The XC possibilities are what intrigue me the most. There are several obvious routes in all directions. While some of the really long distance ones would take big commitment, most follow ranges and valleys with easy retrieves. It's the perfect setup for Open Distance, Triangle or Race to Goal flying. I am very excited to see The Nationals come to Richfield. I know we'll finally see just how prime this area is. Richfield is a friendly town with all the conveniences and facilities. The organizers are experienced and have some great plans. We'll most likely see site records broken every day. I encourage all to come, even non competitors. We'll have some phenomenal flying! With good participation we'll see Richfield become the destination it really is.

PIONEER DAY EVENTS | 24thJuly Ÿ Flying Cove Mountain : Flying in together at sunset. Ÿ Hamburgers at the park, and the fireworks show. Ÿ Including trips to Monroe Peak and Mt. Edna,

Parades, Booths and Concerts. Ÿ Fun trip for the whole family with some great flying for P-2's through hardcore distance XC pilots.

- Dave Dixon: SLC, Utah

For questions, please call. Stacy Whitmore Cell: 435-979-0225 email: stacy@cuasa.com or Jeff Anderson Cell: 435-896-7999

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12 minute | Richfield | SEVIER COUNTY

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12 minute, Richfield West side is P-2. East side is P-3. Nice grassy LZ's both sides. East side is very soarable in a south wind down the valley, that happens often in the spring. Easy 4 stage bench up 1200 ft. West side is a good training hill with a quick turn around time. Like any of these sites in this book the LZ is a choice of common sense, but these ones listed here are ones that have been used and are the most practical to get back up to launch.

LAUNCH: GPS 38 45'31.58”N 112 0'52.19”W

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I think the potential for distance flying in Central Utah (Richfield with its main sites Monroe/ Cove and also Mt.Edna) lies in the fact that these TO's are situated on very long North-South facing mountain ranges .The Sevier Plateau, and the Wasatch Plateau continue virtually for almost hundreds of miles (if one manages to bridge the gaps), so there is a huge potential for XC. With cloud base being as high (or higher) than 18'000 ft. this does also help. Furthermore -contrary to many other sites in the US- there is good wx-info available (wx stations on both Mt. Edna and Cove -with web cams!) and also good access (2WD for Monroe). Not to forget: out-landing doesn't seem too big a problem: not too many un-landable places and roads/ tracks never too far away." - Taggi (Switzerland)

Photos: Stacy Whitmore

“You have not flown Utah until you have flown Cove.” - Jochen Rink “The best ridge lift I have ever flown!” - Pierre Beney (France) “Cove may very well be the best site in Utah!” - Todd Nielson

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Cove Mountain | Richfield | SEVIER COUNTY

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Cove Mountain, Richfield The Ultimate Mountain Flying Site! - P3 or P2 with instructor supervision. 2WD drive-up, but high clearance site. South ,West, and North soarable faces. Wide open layout area, and literally a mile long, and a half mile wide. Opportunity to bench up over 3000 feet, just on ridge lift. Most summer evenings provide smooth ridge lift right up till sunset and then the glass off soar out to the LZ is a 20 minute hands off glide that is awesome. There is also huge XC potential; an excellent thermal generator. To the South is the Sevier Plateau; to the West is the Fish Lake High Top Plateau and to the North is the Wasatch Plateau. Meso-West weather station on launch. http://205.120.142.50/view/view.shtml WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 38'2.46”N 112 3'36.43”W LZ: 5360ft/1634m GPS: 38 38'45.98”N 112 06'28.85”W

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Fish Lake High Top | Koosherem Reservoir | SEVIER COUNTY

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Fish Lake High Top, Koosherem Utah's second highest drive up launch (actually because of changes in the forest service access laws you have to walk the last half mile, but it's flat). West facing launch with a ten mile soar-able ridge, in front of a nearly flat table top at 11,400 feet. 4 wheel drive up site.

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 37'06.3"N 111 44'01"W

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Hancock, Koosherem Reservoir Mostly 2WD drive-up (except the last 50 yards); West facing Launch. Excellent Thermal and cross-country site with a straight shot to the Fish Lake High Top Plateau.

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 33'32.79”N 111 48'13.07”W

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Hepler's Ridge, Richfield West and North faces are soarable. 4WD drive-up site.. Nice grassy LZ. Steep drop off on Launch - probably a P-3 site, although you seldom get to the edge before being lifted.

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 44'19”N 112 01'21”W

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Monroe Peak | Monroe | SEVIER COUNTY

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Monroe Peak, Monroe Utah's 4th highest drive up launch, and biggest vertical drive-up site, this is nearly 6000 ft vertical with a 5 mile wide landing zone. . The site is very clean with an easy west facing launch. From the town of Monroe head up the canyon and follow the signs. The glide is similar to Francis Peak, (Davis County) there is awesome cross country potential with afternoon and evening thermals. This 2WD drive-up site is a P-2 launch in the right conditions otherwise a P-3 (Jochen Rink flew 63 miles from Monroe Peak to Tropic, on an old beat up DHV 1, June 28th 2009). WORLD

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 32'29”N 112 04'24”W LZ: 5447ft/1691m GPS: 38 35'20.0”N 112 08'01.9”W

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Parker | Koosherem | SEVIER COUNTY

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Parker, Koosherem Excellent first time mountain flying site. Easy west facing launch. This site has 30 miles of a soarable ridge in the evening. Excellent afternoon thermal potential. (I caught my first thermal here as a P1- it was pure luck. My instructor was on the radio saying, “just stay in that circle” and the truck starting to look like a hot-wheels model, the air getting cold - you gotta love this sport.)

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 24'57”N 111 52'02”W

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Poverty Ridge | Monroe | SEVIER COUNTY

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Poverty Ridge, Monroe Very nice north facing soaring ridge. The funnel between the Sevier and Piute valleys directs and concentrates the air flow, nice slope for launch and top landing. 2WD drive up with an easy retrieve. Has some potential for a thermal launch if the winds are gnarly at higher altitudes.

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 31'31”N 112 10'23”W LZ: 6315ft/1925m GPS 38 31'54”N 112 10'13”W

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The “V” (Venice) | Richfield | SEVIER COUNTY

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The “V” (Venice), Richfield Short hike (400ft vert) - but a true 360 degree Launch. P-2 site. Easy launches in all four directions. Soarable in three directions. (If an east wind in these parts is strong enough to be soarable you don't want to be flying. I tried it once – it wasn't fun.)

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 48' 15"N 111 58'01”W LZ: 5285ft/1611m GPS: 38 47' 59.94" N 111 59.1.72”W

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Mt Peale, Moab Alunite Peak has relinquished the title of Utah's highest launch. On July 16th 2009 Mario Richard of Moab boldy hiked up Mt. Peale and launched his paraglider where no paraglider has gone before, from just a little over one hundred feet below the summit on a northwest facing slope at an elevation of 12,721 feet MSL. He landed 8 minutes later at LaSal Pass, elevation 10,130 feet MSL. This site will probably never be flown again, but the flight there were important because they represent the extremes of the possibilities that Utah has to offer.

LAUNCH: GPS 38 26' 24.29"N 109 13' 41.12"W EXTREME

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Frisco Peak | Milford Easily the "biggest air" site in Utah that is currently used for Paragliding. Climbs to 18,000 ft (+) if you're not careful! Excellent cross-country potential. Very seldom is it flyable and not good for cross-country. We heard such horror stories about this site from the hangliding community that for the first 2 years of Paragliding at Frisco it was only myself and one other x-country buddy who were willing to fly it (ignorance is bliss). On my 5th time there it looked too "big" to me so I chose not to fly, but my friend did. He got sucked into a cloud at 2200 ft/min lift while in a B-line stall! A half hour later he was 200 ft off the ground going 70 miles an hour over the ground. He came through it without a scratch. Wow! We were both permanently impressed. Take a tarp along for launching. P4 West North West of Milford, Utah - 4 hours South of Salt Lake City. - Stacy (Ace) Whitmore

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 31’12.60”N 113 17’13.75”W EXTREME

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Alunite Ridge | Mount Brigham | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY

Mount Brigham Delano-Brigham Ridge Peak

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Alunite Ridge, Mount Brigham Utah's 2nd highest launch one mile up the ridge from Edna Peak, saying that the thermals I found were right in front of Edna Peak anyway, but worth mentioning as a launch site. - Stacy (Ace) Whitmore

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 23'8.70”N 112 20'12.80”W

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Gold Gulch | Junction | PIUTE COUNTY

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Gold Gulch, Junction It looks small compared to Deer Trail mountain next to it but with 2000 feet of vert.... North Soaring launch or thermaling on a day when launching at a higher altitude would be ill advised. Fly up to Deer Trail over Mt. Edna and the sky is the limit. Junction is a morning thermal site. Hang gliders have gone from Junction to Point of the mountain and Paragliders have done 50 milers from here.

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 21'32”N 112 15'46”W

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Delano-Brigham Ridge Peak Mount Brigham Edna Peak

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Edna Peak | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY

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Edna Peak, Mount Brigham 4WD drive-up site, true 360 degree launch. About a mile before top there is a closed gate contact Stacy Whitmore in advance! Morning thermal site. Beautiful high mountain meadow, easy lay out. Home of Mid Utah radio transmission tower the highest commercial radio tower in the world. (Yes, I said world). Utah's highest drive up launch, highest Hang-glider launch and highest tandem paraglider launch. Weather station on launch( www.midutahradio.com )

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 23'13.30”N 112 20'0.84”W

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Revenue Ridge | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY

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Revenue Ridge, Marysvale Revenue is a training hill but mentioned for its location in this area and for newer pilots.

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 27'11”N 112 15'29”W

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Uranium Ridge | Marysvale | PIUTE COUNTY

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Uranium Ridge, Marysvale Very nice south soaring ridge, like Poverty except the funnel is from Piute into Sevier Valley 2 wheel drive up, quick turn around and a beautiful green meadow to land in.

LAUNCH: GPS: 38 29'28”N 112 12'54”W

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Powell Point | Tropic (Bryce Canyon) | GARFIELD COUNTY

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Powell Point, Tropic (Bryce canyon) Utah's most scenic launch. Incredible views of all colors of the rainbow spires and sheer rock formations. West facing Launch. Evening thermals triggered from the hoodoo's and spires create consistent but strong lift. Short hike in, long hike out from LZ. Long turn around time. The extreme possibilities of what Utah has to offer.

LAUNCH: GPS: 37 41'16.2”N 111 54'09.2”W EXTREME

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Brian Head Peak | Brian Head | IRON COUNTY

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Ÿ “I soared Brian Head one evening in October, it was beautiful, smooth south wind at 11000 feet. Hawks joining me as I soared. I really thought I had found something special. Then I found out that Thomas Stankowski had flown Brian Head years earlier and Sam Halderman had flown it long before that. Thinking that it might have awesome thermal potential. I consulted with Thomas who reported that caution was prudent and the air could be very tricky as three different valleys could be wicking heat to the peak. I have contacted the ski resort about the possibility of using the lifts. They report that it is expressly forbidden by the forest service, ( I'm working on that, because a north flow would make for awesome winter flying) So for now it is a drive up summer south flow launch. Even so 11,300 feet and accessible in a 2WD.”

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Brian Head Peak, Brian Head In the mornings the easterly flow allows you to fly off the backside. It has a south-east launch as well as a south to west to north facing launch. Sled rides are 1000ft but most of the time this is soarable, something to watch out for in the heat of the summer is over developing conditions, they happen quickly so if you are flying mid day conditions then watch overhead. There are 3 valley systems that flow into Brian Head, fly here it is critical that you look at the prevailing winds and not just the winds at launch. The drive to launch is great and return time is about 6 minutes. Other Launch Landing Zones: North Launch GPS: 37 40’57.41”N 112 49’44.54” W LZ The large field in front of you. LZ Bailout Landing zone only (North) GPS: 37 41’27.82” N 112 51’04.54” South+South East Launch GPS: 37 40’58.95”N 112 49’28.45” W LZ The 5 square mile field right in front of you. South-West Launch GPS: 37 40’50.90”N 112 49’ 52.27”W

LAUNCH: GPS: 37 40'50.64”N 112 49'49.61”W (South East)

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The “C” | Cedar City | IRON COUNTY

The “C”, Cedar City The Highest of the three paved to launch sites in Utah. Good west facing mountain launch, accessible in the winter. Flying it in the mornings is a no go because of the easterly flow that happens in the mornings. The launch is near to Cedar Breaks National Monument, landing in the monument is not allowed at all, flying over it is fine if you do XC. This mountain drive up launch is available almost year round and is a great 2200/3000ft sledder in light winds and can be a great kickoff point for a long day of XC. Launch in a WNW-NW wind anything outside of that you are going to have an interesting flight. To launch from the top you have to either hike up to the top (there is a trail). DO NOT FLY THIS IN A SOUTH WIND. The Landing zone is a field at the base of the mountain and is an easy glide on most days. There is an alternate LZ that is close to the houses at the base of the mountain. Please do not land here unless you are competent with your skills. Also in the area: *Jeep Hill (Cedar City Training hill) This is a hill that is great mornings and evenings, the hill in and of itself is 600 ft over the LZ and is accessible by either hiking to the top or taking one of the many jeep trails to the top. There is no way to reach the top in a 2wd car as the roads are steep and rocky. On a south wind day the LZ is the fields next to the golf course. Directions to launch are easy, turn east on 1600N and follow the road until you see the hill. This hill works best in WSW-SSE 1015mph. North wind there is some turbulence from the ridge to the north and not for students. GPS Launch: 37 42’17.96”N 113 03’00.31”W elevation 6315ft

LAUNCH: GPS: 37 38'33”N 113 02'06”W Upper GPS: 37 37'32”N 113 00'46”W LZ: 6000ft/1818m GPS: 37 39' 39.54”N 113 4'0.74”W

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Mt.Abajo | Montecello | SAN JUAN COUNTY

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Mt.Abajo, Montecello Beautiful high mountain drive up launch. Soarable in a South wind. Great potential for thermaling. Utah's 3rd highest drive up launch.

LAUNCH: GPS: 37 50'26”N 109 27'39”W

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Training P2 | P3 | P4 | USHPA Tandem Instructor. Tow Tech | Tandem Flights | Site guide.

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hy people should listen to me / fly with me? I live here. I fly whenever I possibly can and look for sites that will work on any given day. Usually if I think it is flyable then I think it is flyable to my skill level (P4|Advanced) but I can make a judgement call for less advanced pilots.

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Honeymoon | Hurricane | WASHINGTON COUNTY

Honeymoon, Hurricane This site is10 miles down the same ridge from Molly's Nipple, but has a much faster turn around time of around 10 minutes. (Warner Valley | Honeymoon Trail).

LAUNCH: GPS 37째 0'0.26"N 113째17'44.21"W

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Molly's Nipple | Hurricane | WASHINGTON COUNTY

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Molly's Nipple, Hurricane With a thirty mile long west facing ridge this site has plenty of space to play with and also being a 2WD drive-up site makes it more accessible. This is a good winter site because of the warmer weather, besides it is often blown out in the summer. The down side is it has a long turn around time, over an hour ! - but who wants to land.

LAUNCH: GPS: 37 07' 25,77”N 113 17'51”W

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