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.
COMING JUNE 2019 – Watch this space for dates
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 and above 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, Garmin (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).
Contact John via his website:
Visit KingMountainGliderPark.com Events Page
A visiting Paraglider pilot sent me this report on the road to King Mt.
9-12-2018 – Update on road access:
2018: the ‘direct’ access from LZ’s to TO has been washed out and is NOT passable anymore!
Access is now via Arco (enter the road at the ‘submarine’); follow signs direction ‘Arco Pass’, then left towards ‘Natural Arch’. Finally turn left for ‘Beaverland Pass’.
Until there it is a pretty good dirt road. Now it becomes a bad track with wash-outs, requiring 4WD and medium to high clearance! Time required from TO to LZ: > 1 hour.
King Area Map – Click to view larger image.