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.
News and Events
Watch this space for possible update
Due to other important priorities, the Safari is not currently planned for 2019.
If anything happens it will be later in the summer, possibly July.
You can still fly King Mountain, but be sure to read that post on the Road Washouts. It is accessible, but will take longer and needs a good 4 wheel truck.
You can still contact John via his King Mountain Glider Park website:
Visit KingMountainGliderPark.com Web Site
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.
Wilderness Area Expansion Includes King Mountain
UPDATE: COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED yet again
Comments can be submitted up to July 4, 2020
Submit Your Own Comments:
This Notice was sent to USHPA Members, and other soaring pilots.
The Salmon-Challis National Forest in Idaho, which includes the King Mountain flying site, is revising its forest management plan. The new plan will recommend that certain areas be designated as wilderness and will guide resource management for the next 15 years.
King Mountain, a H4/P4 site, is located within the wilderness evaluation area. If the mountain were to be designated as a wilderness area, roads to launch would be closed and launching would be prohibited, likely ending pilots’ access to the site.
We ask that as many members as possible submit a comment to the Forest Service emphasizing the value of King Mountain as a flying site for hang gliders and paragliders. This includes road access to King Mountain launch and the airspace above the surrounding areas, including the Lost River and the Lemhi Range.
Please take the time to submit a comment.
Read posted comments here:
Submit a comment: http://bit.ly/SCNFFPRCommentTool
Another option is to send your comments via email to:
Links to additional information:
- https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO … 601995.pdf
- https://www.federalregister.gov/documen … evelopment
Please send your comments, help keep the area open to public recreation.
You could mention two previous precedents:
The In Southern California the Boxer-McKeon Wilderness Bill of 2008 created 470,000 acres of new wilderness in the Inyo and White Mountains, while preserving access to hang glider launches, preserving the launches (Paiute, Gunter and Gunter bail-out, Mazourka, Mt Tom, McGee) by excluding these roads and launches from the wilderness (called cherry-stemming).
In Northern CA, a few years ago, when large areas of the Mendocino National Forest became part of the Snow Mountain Wilderness Area, including the part where we had a built our (FS Service permitted) launch ramp on, St John Mountain. The hang gliding and paragliding launch areas, roads, and ramps were excluded from the Wilderness area.
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 Roberts, 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.