Dog Mountain

Dog Mountain, located near Morton, is probably the most used hang gliding site in western Washington, and it’s no wonder, given the spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens from above launch, and the consistently soarable conditions throughout the year. Dog is a USHPA-insured site, and all pilots must be current USHPA members to fly here. Additionally, the landowner maintains a locked gate at the bottom of the access road, and pilots must obtain a key and sign a waiver each year. Dog is H-2 friendly, especially now that the “Dogpatch” LZ is accessible year round, but novice pilots must be accompanied by a H-3 or higher rated pilot who can explain site protocol and potential hazards. Dog is CBCC’s “home” site, and many pilots spend the weekend there with kids and dogs and all the outdoor toys, camping at Dogpatch when the lake is low enough, and sharing tales around the driftwood bonfire.

Aaron Swepston and an eagle at Dog photo by Aaron Swepston

Protocol: USHPA and CBCC membership required. All pilots and HG tandem students must be current USHPA members and must sign the Dog Mt. Waiver, understand, and agree to the protocols contained therein to fly this site. Intermediate/H-3 (or Novice/H-2 w/sponsor) minimum. Key memberships for vehicle access to launch are available for an additional $50 annually. Pilots must have a minimum of Intermediate/H-3 rating to obtain a key. Re-lock gate every time after passing through. Helmet and parachute are required.

Paragliders rated P3’s and higher rated USHPA members are also welcome after signing a waiver. However, launch is difficult for paragliders due to extremely restricted launch space and abrupt grade change behind the short and steep launch faces. P3 Minimum rating and NO PG TANDEMS.

When H2 flights are in progress, Pilots are required to yield the appropriate soaring face to the H2s and stay out of their way; We want them to enjoy the experience and become H3’s and higher.

Contacts: Larry & Tina Jorgensen, 253-380-9933, or Paige & Eric Ollikainen, 360-852-2582

Flying Season: Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter.

Access: Gravel, 2WD, locked gate at bottom, road has one narrow and dangerous curve on cliff face. While environmental mitigation is in progress on the lake bed, parking and vehicular access will be restricted to the roadside parking lot and no camping is permitted. You’ll need to carry your glider from the take-down area to your vehicle. NO VEHICLES ARE PERMITTED PAST THE LZ GATE, EVEN IF IT IS OPEN

Launch Elevation: 2230 MSL

Type: Concrete supported grass slope/ramp

Obstructions: None

Faces: W, N

Minimum glide ratio from launch to LZ 2.1

Wind speed and direction: W, N; 0-20mph

Maximum Gust Differential: 12mph

Soarable: Yes, R/T

LZ Elevation: 768 MSL

Type: Grass, lake shore

Obstructions: Tall grass, stumps and vehicles in lake bed surrounding the mowed LZ

Notes: Dirty Air / Rotors are often present in north LZ when wind is strong. Make sure you know the protocols for the landing area.

Additional Notes: Launch is owned by Port Blakely. Use of road and launch is by annual lease. Lease requires USHPA site insurance. All pilots and HG tandem students must be USHPA members, sign a waiver, and support the site via day use fee or lease a key.

Site of 1976 U.S. Nationals.

Dog Mountain and Vicinity Site Records

FW Larry Jorgenson 79 Miles Panorama to White Pass Ski resort and back to Dog Mt.
RW Larry Jorgenson 70 miles Bremer Mt. to Packwood and back to Dog Mt.

FW Flex wing hang glider
RW Rigid wing hang glider
PG Paraglider

Only launch within your rating and skill levels; When in doubt, don’t set up or launch.

If you’re in the air and the sky starts to look threatening, get out of the air immediately. Also be aware of nearby terrain and potential for rotor. (Yes this is common sense H1/P1 stuff and we feel silly for needing to say it, but rest assured it’s here for a reason!).

All incidents should be documented via the current USHPA incident reporting protocols with a courtesy copy to the site contact. Any incident involving non-pilot property damage, injuries or assistance from non-pilots(EMS, police, public bystanders etc) must also be reported as soon as practical to the site contact.

In an emergency, Call 9-1-1 first.

Updated 02/2020