Last Updated 02/01/2023
Current Conditions at Launch: Dog Weather & Cam.
Located on the eastern side of Riffe Lake and near the towns of Morton and Glenoma, Dog Mountain is the most popular hang gliding site in western Washington because of the consistently soarable conditions throughout the year. Once above launch, pilots enjoy spectacular views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens.
Dog Mountain is a privately owned site, and all pilots must be current USHPA and CBCC members to fly it. 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 Mountain is H-2 friendly, especially now that the landing zone is accessible year round, but novice pilots must be accompanied by a H-3 or higher rated pilot mentor who can explain site protocol and potential hazards. Due to launch topography and rotor behind launch, P3 with solid restricted launch skills is required at a minimum. Dog Mountain is Cloudbase Country Club’s “home” site.
Site membership and guest access:
Site membership is required before flying Dog Mountain. (We offer discounted one month membership for pilots that are passing through.) Follow these steps to get your membership:
- Pay online through the membership page or in person
- Bring your original completed Dog Mountain application and waiver to one of the key holders in the “contacts” section below or or mail it to:
CBCC c/o Tina Jorgensen 162 Shelton RD Randle, WA 98377
Be sure to ask for a helmet sticker when you pick up your key.
If you are unable to print out a membership waiver to sign before you arrive, we may have some spare waivers in the box on launch for visiting pilots.
Please be sure you give the “key holder volunteers” a big thanks for helping out.
- Current USHPA and CBCC membership required.
- All pilots and HG tandem students must 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.
- Pilots must have a minimum of Intermediate/H/P-3 rating to obtain a key.
- Re-lock gate every time after passing through. Helmet and parachute are required.
- Launch is difficult for paragliders due to extremely restricted launch space, rotor, trees, and abrupt grade changes.
- P3 with solid restricted launch skills minimum, No paraglider tandems.
When H-2 flights are in progress, Pilots are required to yield the appropriate soaring face to H2s and stay out of their way.
- Larry Jorgensen: 253-380-9933
- Tina Jorgensen: 253-380-3514
- Paige & Eric Ollikainen: 360-852-2582
- Diana 360-496-1064 mobile, 360-496-1064 home, 360-496-5141 work / NAPA auto parts
- Alan: 360-584-7163 home, 360-584-7164 (Alan lives very close to Dog Mt. in Glenoma.)
Spring, Fall, Summer, Winter.
Gravel, 2WD, locked gate at bottom, road has one narrow and dangerous curve on cliff face. Vehicular access is restricted to the roadside parking lot and no camping is permitted when the LZ gate is closed. You’ll need to carry your glider from the take-down area to your vehicle.
Site of 1976 U.S. Nationals.
- 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.