PINE RIDGE        

  • Pine Ridge: It is a one-mile long ridge facing the prevailing northwest winds and located entirely within the Crooked River National Grasslands. Launches for this site are all walk-up.  Because all launches are below ridge top, it is advisable to check wind speed and direction at the top of the ridge prior to any launch. Mostly used for evening soaring, nice thermal flights can be had in the fall and spring summer can be intense.

    • 44°25'36.22"N, 121° 3'43.30"W

 

  • Acceptable Flying Conditions:

    • N to NW winds 10-15mph

    • All launches are below ridge top, it is advisable to check wind speed and direction at the top of the ridge prior to any launch.

    • Students/beginners should launch late evening 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

    • Trees and brush surrounding the launch areas

    • Fence between the hill and LZ, must land before or after

    • LZ is still a gradual slope with some trees and varying terrain

 

  • Vehicular Parking

    • Park at the rocks blocking the road,

    • Be sure to allow space for other to get in and out

    • Carry shovel and fire extinguisher due to high brush

    • The National Grasslands limits driving off primary roads during part of the year. If it's muddy and you will leave ruts, please WALK!

    • 44°25'59.28"N, 121° 3'51.70"W

 

  • Directions: From Terrebonne

    • Take Smith Rock rd East from HWY 97 in Terrebonne. Follow this for about 5 miles till it ends.

    • L onto Lone Pine rd follow for 6 miles

    • L onto RD 57, gravel road, a large Pole Corral marks this turn (if you get to a stop sign you missed it.)

    • 2.5 miles make a Left at dirt junction, you will pass a cattle guard just before this turn.

Park at the rock barricade and walk from there.

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