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.
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The 2015 contest is over. The weather was not on our side this year. We were only able to fly on Tuesday (day 2) and Thursday (day 4). A total of 19 pilots competed. Pilot turn out was lighter this year, due to the weather forecasts.
We only provided awards to one competition class due to low turnout and the lack of flying. We didn’t get much flying done, due to weather, but we had a great adventure exploring the Idaho backwoods. ~ Connie
The results are posted at: 2015 Competition Results
King Area Map – Click to view larger image.
Experience King Mountain
Paraglider pilots will love flying at King Mountain too! This place can be turbulent, so P4 pilots only please.
I’m Larry R. your Fly King Mountain webmaster, I worked with Ernie on the original website. In the above photo I am ready to fly my 1st Rigid Wing Glider, an ATOS B at Hull Mt. I now fly sailplanes and I love the speed and 44 to 1 glide ratio.