SMALL - espritmodel.com SMALL - Telemetry SMALL - Radio
Reply
Thread Tools
Old Jun 15, 2014, 03:15 PM
Registered User
Fred Sanford's Avatar
United States, MN, Bemidji
Joined May 2003
523 Posts
Help!
Seattle slopes

I will be visiting Seattle in about a week. Wondering if there are any slopes fairly close. I could pack a Weasel and a 3M EPP plane.
Fred Sanford is offline Find More Posts by Fred Sanford
Reply With Quote
Sign up now
to remove ads between posts
Old Jun 16, 2014, 11:14 AM
Confirmed Chronic
screamin' eagle's Avatar
Pacific Palisades, CA
Joined Jul 2004
9,238 Posts
Same question here - I'll be in Seattle in early July and probably won't bring any planes, but would like to check out any local slopes -

PS, love the handle...
screamin' eagle is offline Find More Posts by screamin' eagle
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 16, 2014, 11:26 AM
Registered User
flydiver's Avatar
United States, WA, Seattle
Joined Jan 2007
5,272 Posts
Not much. Hilly, and occasionally windy, but the hills are all full of trees or houses. Gasworks park has a small 'kite hill' south end of Lk. Union that works on a southerly blow of 15-25. Weasel works pretty good there. It's my go-to spot in the right conditions. PM me when you are in town for specifics if you think you can make it. NOT good on a nice day/weekend (too many people) or north wind (no lift).

Discovery Park on Magnolia is reputed to work, needs a S. wind also, and is an advanced site. If you lose your plane....it's probably gone. I have not tried it.

World class sites down at the Columbia Gorge or E. WA , all 3-5 hours from Seattle.
flydiver is online now Find More Posts by flydiver
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 16, 2014, 06:04 PM
Registered User
Evan D's Avatar
Charlotte, NC
Joined Jan 2004
5,850 Posts
Discovery is good, harbor view park I'mukilteo and a few sites on whidbey. A small foam can find places I would fly...
Evan D is offline Find More Posts by Evan D
Reply With Quote
Old Jun 16, 2014, 07:42 PM
Registered User
flydiver's Avatar
United States, WA, Seattle
Joined Jan 2007
5,272 Posts
I've not found success at Harborview. Needs a direct N. wind. They are often skewed just enough to not work. N. winds here are fair weather and often not very strong. On the right day it could be quite nice I suspect. For me, just a bit too far to go on a chance.

Forgot about Whidbey. With the ferry cost+time barrier I'd just as soon go to Cle Elm from Seattle (2 hours+). Can be decent though I've not hit it myself, but then I haven't worked very hard for the above reason.

I'll have to take a motor supported plane to Discovery sometime to see how it works. That gaping chasm with the tall trees down below is flat intimidating. It takes a long time to get across town for me. No direct/easy way to get there from here.

Seattle has become the fastest growing large city in the nation. Traffic sucks. Significant difference in the last year. It puts a damper on spontaneous casual travel.
flydiver is online now Find More Posts by flydiver
Last edited by flydiver; Jun 16, 2014 at 07:48 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Category Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Question Slope Soaring Seattle stefalo Slope 7 Apr 03, 2014 12:36 PM
Looking for Slopes in the Northwest ( Seattle) Wind 24/7 Slope 3 Aug 19, 2005 02:16 AM
Sloping in Seattle and Vancouver Wa Evan D Slope 12 Jul 22, 2005 10:30 AM
Seattle region slope invite Sunday 9-21 MtnGoat Slope 0 Sep 18, 2003 04:03 AM
Question Slope Sites in Seattle/Everett Area? Carl Slope 6 Jan 17, 2003 10:09 PM