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
King Area Map – Click to view larger image.
Wilderness Area Expansion Includes King Mountain
UPDATE: COMMENT PERIOD EXTENDED
Comments can be submitted up to May 31, 2019
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.
Now that the comment period has been extended please submit a comment. Add your comment to the 796 comments already posted as of 3-3-2019.
You can read posted comments here:
Updated Comment deadline:
5/31/2019 please submit your own comments.
Submit a comment:
You may also email
with your comments.
- https://www.fs.usda.gov/Internet/FSE_DO … 601995.pdf
- https://www.federalregister.gov/documen … evelopment
If you have any questions, please contact John Kangas, the developer of the King Mountain Glider Park, at (208) 407-7174.
Please comment. Soon.
Please 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.