World Class Cross Country Soaring
King Mountain provides some of the best hang gliding, paragliding and sailplane soaring and cross country flying opportunities anywhere. This area compares quite favorably with the Owens Valley Area, the White Mountains, and Southern Sierra Mountains (Southern California). This is a world class Hang Gliding and Paragliding site guaranteed to test your flying skills! There are booming thermals, outrageous turbulence, and the promise of long XC flights. It is lots of fun and superb flying in some of the most scenic mountains in the world.
King Mountain is located near Moore, Idaho.
King is at the south end of the Lost River Range in The Lost River Valley which runs 70 miles from Arco through Moore and Mackay to Willow Creek Summit south of Challis, Idaho. The valley is 10 to 15 miles wide, bounded on both sides by mountains rising 5,000 – 6,000 feet above the valley floor (mountains tower over 12,000 feet), providing a beautiful corridor for X-C flying. They call it the Lost River for a specific reason: It does not flow into a larger stream but down into the ground. Of the twenty-five highest mountains in Idaho, twenty-four of them are located here, including Idaho’s highest peak, Mount Borah, at 12,662 feet.
Paul Flying at King
Safari Dates: June 25 – July 2, 2017
Free event just east of Sun Valley. Long summer days and cool nights with possible snow on the high peaks.
Paragliders, Hang Gliders, Sailplanes, &
Self Launching Sailplanes are all welcome.
Awesome glass offs and cloud bases at 18,000′. Fly to Montana or Yellowstone. Wave Window. Campfire, Potluck dinners, Star Gazing, Hiking, Mountain Biking and Fishing. Clean air, beautiful sunsets. Come to King Mountain!
Free camping at the Glider Park. Big Air and Big Country! Spot Locator, Delorme Inreach with tracking function or equivalent required. (This is big country and cell phones coverage is sparse. Your radio has little coverage at ground level).
Call John to RSVP at 208-407-7174
Or Contact John via his website http://www.kingmountaingliderpark.com/contact-us/
Visit KingMountainGliderPark.com Events Page
Total Eclipse of the Sun: Aug 21 , 2017
There will be a total eclipse of the Sun on August 21, 2017, it will pass over King Mountain, Idaho area at 11:32 AM. Many hang glider and paraglider pilots are planning to make a road trip to fly for a few days and camp here to experience the Total Eclipse.
A total solar eclipse happens every 18 months. HOWEVER, only a very small part of earth can see the eclipse from the the ground, so they seem rare.
The last eclipse to travel across the USA happened in June 1918. Don’t Miss This One.
Check out the video links to view the path of the Eclipse. Most hotels are SOLD OUT along the path, so plan NOW.
We have heard that pilots from Sylmar (Los Angeles, CA), Wings of Rigollo (San Jose, CA),, MCHGA (Marin Hang Gliding Association), and Sonoma Wings (Santa Rosa, CA) are planning to make the trip. It should be epic. What an experience.
Yours truly, the webmaster will probably not be making the trek to King Mountain this summer, (last summer in late June was great), but we can at least keep the website up to date. Those who are thinking of camping and using King Mountain Glider Park should contact John Kangas.
Contact John via his website http://www.kingmountaingliderpark.com/contact-us/
Soar high, soar far, and have fun.
King Area Map – Click to view larger image.