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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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.
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.