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Here in southern Oregon we are blessed with a number of outstanding hang gliding sites, and the local hang
gliding club, SOAR, is constantly working to add more to the list. Below are listed only a few of the current sites.
Near the town of Merlin, Walker has two main launches - one facing south and one facing northwest. North
winds in the summer make for great cross-country (XC) potential toward Jacksonville, Ashland, and the
California border, and south prefrontal winds make for great wintertime soaring. A local pilot is available to
provide a site tour and access to the landing zone. Contact Southern Oregon Airsports for more information.
Towering above the beautiful Williams Valley, this site was opened to free flight in July of 2011. At the request
of the owner of the launch, you must be a member of Southern Oregon Air Riders, the local hang gliding chapter,
to fly here. One of the landing zones is a winery and cattle ranch, and the other is owned by a local hang glider
pilot. This is another great departure point for potential XC flights upwind to Grants Pass or downwind toward
the Oregon-California border.
Known as 'The Hang Gliding Capitol of the West', Lakeview boasts a number of world-class flying sites,
including Black Cap, Sugar Hill, Hadley Butte and Doherty Slide. Lakeview has by far the greatest cross-country
potential (often in excess of 100 miles), and the locals are thrilled to have us fly there! The flying season is
relatively short, but the trip is well worth the wait. All sites here are unregulated (USHPA membership
recommended), and the spirit of free flight is alive and well in Lakeview. This is really the place to fly!
By far the most publicized site in the area, and therefore the most over-used and sensitive, Woodrat is heavily
policed by a local paragliding club. The launch is on public land and the main landing zone is a winery within a
moderate glide by hang glider & requires only USHPA membership to access. The consistency of soaring
conditions attributes to this site's popularity and heavy traffic.