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Mar 04, 2003, 02:58 PM
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Good Slope Site in So. Cal. (near Burbank/Pasadena/Glendale...)


I had a passing interest in sailplanes approx. 10 years ago and am looking to really pursue the hobby now. At that time I learned of a cool slope site across the valley and above the train tracks east of Dodger stadium. I think that site is no longer open but I'm wondering if there are others in the general area or closer to the San Gabriel foothills (Burbank/Glendale/Pasadena/La Crescenta/Sunland, etc.) I found a great page that lists and even rates some SoCal sites but unfortunately for me none of them is really close by. Closest sites are at the beach which is an 1.5+ hour drive for me. (Fine for the weekends, but lousy during the week.)

Flying Sites in Southern and Central California for RC Slope Soaring

At this point I would actually prefer sites that are busy to allow me to to get as much exposure to the hobby as I can. I figure the greater variety of planes I see and flyers I meet the quicker I learn and hopefully I'll be successfully flying myself soon.

Also, any good LHS' around L.A. that carry sailplanes?

Thanks for any clues!

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Mar 04, 2003, 03:10 PM
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Temple Hill in Pamona is probably your best bet.

Directions here:
Last edited by McGrrr; Mar 04, 2003 at 03:13 PM.
Mar 04, 2003, 03:47 PM
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here is a sight with lots of sights in cal.
Mar 04, 2003, 05:23 PM
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Hey Jason, welcome to the Ezone...or LiftZone...

If you’re looking for consistent conditions and other fliers, Temple Hill and Temescal Canyon are probably your best bets. Unfortunately niether of them are a real easy drive from the Burbank area during the week (unless you own a hover car). Temescal always seems to have a variety of planes and pilots and is really a pretty fun site.

I’m sure there are tons of flying spots along the San Gabriels, but most of them are unrealized. I’ve got a couple fun “secret spots,” but conditions are very challenging, landing areas are non-existent, and chances of recovering a downed airplane are low. Plus, they all require a pretty good climb with generous doses of bushwhacking – I think I pulled about 50 ticks off me last year

Mar 06, 2003, 03:58 PM
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Hey Cobalt,
The site you refer too is on top of Mt Washington and is still flyable on most days. There have been many homes built on the ridge but there is still a large enough opening to fly. There is an area to park on top although new NO PARKING signs have been installed they were put there to keep the partiers away and the local LAPD will not hassle you. There are a group of us 5 to 10 who fly here every day (foamies mostly) it is a great slope about 2pm on daily. If you need directions let me know.
Mar 06, 2003, 04:24 PM
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Thanks everybody!!

Great forum....

Mar 06, 2003, 06:40 PM
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How do you get there from Pasadena?
Do you just fly wings there or is the lift good enough for something bigger.
How is the landing area?