Dog Mountain

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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 USHPA / RRG-insured 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. Dog Mountain is Cloudbase Country Club’s “home” site.

Aaron Swepston and an eagle at Dog
photo by Aaron Swepston

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:

  1. Pay online through the membership page or in person
  2. 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:
    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.

Protocol:

  • 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 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.
  • 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.

Contacts:

Flying Seasons:

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 landing zone gate, even if it is open.

Site details

  • 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 a CBCC Dog Mt Membership (details on waiver).
  • Area history

    Site of 1976 U.S. Nationals.

    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.

    Legend

    • 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.