PINE MOUNTAIN        

We have multiple launch’s and landings around this mountain.

The section of Pine Mt known as the “Training Hill” or “Nico’s Launch”, and the Rock L” are private property, as outlined in the photos. Please respect the rules when flying from this location. All other launch and LZ’s are BLM or Forest Service. As always respect the land, and if you pack it in, pack it out with you.

  • Pine Mountain All sites:

    • Summer winds begin in the desert coming from the S, SW, or SE @ about 2-8mph in the mornings

    • As the day heats up and thermals begin the winds shift to the W and NW by the evening hours.

    • Glassoff Flights are most common occurring the last couple hours before sunset. Look for Winds 10-15mph out the N, NW.

    • All Oregon distance records have occurred from Mid-day flights at Pine. The mid-day conditions can be rough, please check with locals and understand the desert air before launching after 11am.

    • Nice morning sledders can be had from the summit, around 9-10am as the winds clock around to the W.

    • For mid-day flights be sure to check the winds aloft as the summit of Pine sits between 6000-7000’.

    • Winter Winds tend to be from the S, SE, or SW all day long

  • Pine Mountain “Training Hill” “Rock LZ”

    • 15min hike up site at 5000' and the upper launch is at 5200' facing the N, NW. The Training Hill is most commonly used during the last 2 hours before sunset.

    • Private Property Rules

      • No Commercial Operations

      • Must be USHPA member

      • No Dogs off leashes

      • No HG

      • No Smoking, or fires

    • 43°50'5.06"N, 120°55'41.98"W

  • Acceptable Flying Conditions:

    • N, to NW winds 10-15mph

    • Students/beginners should launch a bit later due to the strong thermic activity and need to land before sunset before the katabatic winds kick in.

    • It is often quite boaty in the evening, pilots should have a decent understanding of descent techniques as often you will need to use these skills to come down before dark.

  • Obstacles:

    • There is a small tree on the launch area

    • The LZ is also the parking area there are cars parked off to the side, a wind sock, picnic table, and a few other obstacles in the area.

    • Parking area has a rock wall, approaches should be made from the E to avoid the wall.

    • The LZ is on a gradual slope, keep flying out into the open desert if you over shoot.

    • Outside of our cleared areas there is a lot of sage brush, and the occasional rock.

  • Landing Zone:

    • Technical landing area is a grassy patch just across the road marked by cones

    • It is on gental slope so figure 8 patterns back against the terrain is best approach

    • It is open desert below the LZ so feel free to play it safe and keep gliding out

    • 43°50'13.90"N, 120°55'50.57"W

  • Vehicular Parking:

    • The parking area also doubles as landing area.

    • Pilots need to pull up against the W Rock wall facing the Cascades.

  • Directions:

    • Take HWY 20 E out of Bend. Its about 24miles to the Millican Valley, you will see the old deserted Millican Store on the right. Just after the store take a

    • Right onto Pine Mountain Rd, you see signs for the Pine MT Observatory, follow the road around the bend to the Left, after the bend

    • Take the first Right, you will see a windsock in the tree. You basically make 180 turn to follow a rocky dirt road running back the same direction.

    • Take a Left at the T intersection marked by another windsock

    • Follow the road up to the Rock L, and park against the rock walls straight in.

  • Tandem Upper Launch and LZ:

    • Upper launch is at 5200' about 20-25min hike up. It is most commonly used by tandems or in light winds during the evening hours in the last 2 hours before sunset.

    • 43°50'0.53"N, 120°55'35.06"W

 

  • Acceptable Flying Conditions:

    • Faces NW, so look for N, to NW winds 10-15mph

    • Student winds 5-12mph.

    • Students/beginners should launch a bit later due to the strong thermic activity and need to land before sunset before the katabatic winds kick in.

    • It is often quite boaty in the evening, pilots should have a decent understanding of descent techniques as often you will need to use these skills to come down before dark.

 

  • Landing Zone

    • Is a wide-open hang-glider LZ that sits at the base of the slope on mostly flat terrain

    • Or the “Rock L” LZ see above

    • 43°50'48.08"N, 120°55'23.23"W

 

  • Obstacles:

    • Outside of our cleared areas there is a lot of sage brush, and the occasional rock.

    • There some trees to the side of launch

 

  • Vehicular Parking

    • The parking area also doubles as landing area.

    • Pilots need to pull up against the W Rock wall facing the Cascades

 

  • Directions:

    • Take HWY 20 E out of Bend. Its about 24miles to the Millican Valley, you will see the old deserted Millican Store on the right. Just after the store take a

    • Right onto Pine Mountain Rd, you see signs for the Pine MT Observatory, follow the road around the bend to the Left, after the bend

    • Take the first Right, you will see a windsock in the tree. You basically make 180 turn to follow a rocky dirt road running back the same direction.

    • Take a Left at the T intersection marked by another windsock

    • Follow the road up to the Rock L, and park against the rock walls straight in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Summit: Sits at about 6300’ with a W and N launch. Morning sled rides can be had here, and early mild thermal flight are possible. Record breaking XC flights are possible mid-day. Mid-day summer conditions can be quite intense, with big climbs, and just as big pockets of sink. It is also used in the evenings for ligther glassoffs.

    • W-  43°49'13.08"N, 120°55'58.58"W

    • Upper W-  43°49'16.91"N, 120°55'53.64"W

    • N-  43°49'21.39"N, 120°55'51.25"W

 

  • Acceptable Flying conditions

    • W to N winds 0-14

    • Any south or east is not acceptable here.

 

  • Obstacles

    • The launches are a bit rocky

    • W launch has some Trees to the L of the launch

    • Avoid getting low in the valley below W launch

 

  • Landing Zones

    • The Y (has small trees)

    • The T, HG LZ

    • Flying Farm with prior permission, if on accident pack up walk out to the road to meet, walk or get picked.  Just be respectful Frankie is wonderful, give her a call if you know you need to land here.

 

  • Vehicular Parking

    • Road to the summit is 4x4, and a small path

    • Park to the right of the clearing

    • Be sure to the leave the trees for HG set up

 

  • Directions:

    • Take HWY 20 E out of Bend. Its about 24miles to the Millican Valley, you will see the old deserted Millican Store on the right. Just after the store take a

    • Right onto Pine Mountain Rd, you will see signs for the Pine MT Observatory,

    • 2cd Right turn, turn right to a dirt road with a gate

    • The gate is unlocked be sure to open and close it securely

    • Take this road to the top, its 4x4 road and narrow in places

    • At the top park to the right, leaving the trees for the HG pilot to set up

    • West L is to the left or west, the trail to the upper west and N is on the N end of the clearing traversing the rocky hill.

  • Fire Fly Training Hill: FireFly Training hill sits at 5100’msl and is a 400’ hill that faces S, SE, E, SW will work. Mostly morning site in the summers, flyable in the S winter patterns. It is about a 15min hike up.

    • 43°45'44.77"N, 120°54'42.42"W

  • Acceptable Flying conditions

    • Look for winds S, SE E or SW 0-14

    • Students 0-8

    • The open slope faces S, SE, E and SW is doable.

    • Normal Moring winds come from the S, SW, or SE @ 2-8mph

  • Obstacles:

    • There are some rock outcroppings, a normal pattern avoids

    • Outside of our cleared areas there may still be sage brush, and the occasional rock.

  • Landing Zone:

    • Huge clear LZ’s directly below the slope

    • Old burn so the entire area is clear, the technical landing zone area has been additionally mowed each season.

  • Vehicluar Parking:

    • Plenty of parking at the OHV junction at the turn off of the dirt road, reachable by all styles of cars, be sure to leave room for other vehicles to pass and park.

    • 43°45'21.70"N, 120°54'55.38"W

 

  • Firefly Launch: This is a great S, SE, SW spot for winter soaring and speed flying. In the summers the winds start from the S, SE or SW, and clock around to the west as the thermals build, and turn NW by the evening. In the winters its stay S, SE or SW all day long. We have cleared many launchs for the varying directions at the top of the peak, and a one below. Nice SSE ridge soaring flights can be had, and the whole slope is a cleared burn making it nice for speed flying. XC is possible and flights to Bend have already been made. 

    • SE Ridge 43°46'0.18"N, 120°54'22.77"W

    • SSW 

    • SE

 

  • Acceptable Flying conditions:

    • SE or S winds 0-14mph

    • 10-14mph for ridge soaring

    • Light and variable for thermaling

 

  • Obstacles:

    • As this is an old burn, there are many skewer type sticks sticking up a few inches to a foot here and there.

    • Cars will sometimes park on the road ½ way up do not block the road as other people use this road.

    • There are few fences in the area

 

  • Landing Zone:

    • There is giant clearing within perfect glide of the hill

    • Often people will side hill, or land at the base and hike back up 

    • 43°45'52.95"N, 120°53'52.51"W

 

  • Vehicluar Parking:

    • Plenty of parking off the dirt road, reachable by all styles of cars, be sure to leave room for other vehicles to pass.

    • 43°45'21.70"N, 120°54'55.38"W

 

  • Directions:

    • Take HWY 20 E out of Bend. Its about 22miles to the Millican Valley

    • Take a Left on rd 23 Spencer Wells Rd, follow this a few miles around a left bend

    • Take a Left on the Red dirt rd, NF-23 Sand Springs rd marked with a big OHV sign

    • Follow this road for a few miles till you get to big X crossing

    • Left onto NF-2017, for the training hill park here, for the main launch drive up around the bend and park off to the side where you can. If not park here.

  • SE Bowl: This launch faces SE and sits at 6100’. It offers great relief and some good features to work. The drive into the bottom to pick up pilots is somewhat prohibitive, but you can scope it out from the launch. Consider hiking back up to the car after flying. Take water…

    • 43°47'46.68"N, 120°55'9.26"W

 

  • Acceptable Flying conditions

    • SE winds 0-8

    • This is thermaling site so look for SE winds light and variable

 

  • Obstacles

    • There are a few trees on the slope around this launch

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  • Landing Zone

    • Is a wide open clearing in the desert no obstacles

 

  • Vehicular Parking

    • Pull out on the side of the rd

    • Do not pull up to the edge of the pull out (it can be soft sand and has caused even 4x4’s to get stuck.

    • 43°47'35.07"N, 120°55'23.80"W

 

  • Directions:

    • Take HWY 20 E out of Bend. Its about 24miles to the Millican Valley, you will see the old deserted Millican Store on the right. Just after the store take a

    • Right onto Pine Mountian Rd, you see signs for the Pine MT Observatory, follow the road up past the the Observatory.

    • Keep to the left, there are other roads but only one that continues on

    • At the sharp right turn which overlooks the desert floor pull over and park.

    • Locate a faint trail and walk left of road towards the east across the hill until you see a cleared launch area.

  • Antelope: Sits at 6100’ facing S, SW it’s a long retrieve from here, you may consider hiking up to launch or back up to get your car.

    • 43°48'32.79"N, 120°52'56.01"W

  • Acceptable Flying conditions

    • S, SW winds 0-15

    • For thermaling S, SW winds light and variable

    • Soaring S, SW 9-14

 

  • Obstacles

    • There are a few trees on the slope around this launch

 

  • Landing Zone

    • Wide open clearings in the desert no obstacles

 

  • Vehicular Parking

    • Park by the radio towers

    • 43°48'39.65"N, 120°52'26.75"W

 

  • Directions:

    • Take HWY 20 E out of Bend. Its about 24miles to the Millican Valley, you will see the old deserted Millican Store on the right. Just after the store take a

    • Right onto Pine Mountian Rd, you see signs for the Pine MT Observatory, follow the road past the Y,

    • After the cattle guard make the first L

    • Stay on this road til it swings up to the radio towers and park here

    • Walk to the next peak to the west just below the peak is a small clearing for launching

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