|Green Mountain just north of Bear Creek Lake right
between Golden and Lakewood Colorado. This site generally requires a little exercise and a
sturdy ship (the mountain is a 30 million year old pile of round river rocks covered in
grass and bushes) but the rewards are tremendous.
General Green Mountain stats.
South Green Mountain (from W. Alameda Dr.)
1. Southeast lower bowl. Hike up to the high trail (1/3 of the way up) turn
right and go east. There's a low bowl with a flat spot on top where you can land
crunchies. It's a great thermal/slope site if the wind is from the southeast. With a
little altitude you can fly back and catch the much larger southeast face of the mountain
North Green Mountain
East Ridge and NE Bowl (Foamie DS)
Northwest Ridge and Point (My primary Dynamic Soaring spot)
The North Crunchie LZ
Wind conditions in the area can be found from the NREL
BMS weather tower over near South Table Mountain (the mesa east of Golden).
(red is wind direction, green is wind speed in mph)
And here's my reviews of some of the other Denver area sites I've been to so far.
(Click on the
image to see a larger version)
Check out this newer site map for Zion.
(09/09/03 update) Mt. Zion West. In a WSW wind the backside of Mt. Zion can be flown. On the way up you go through 3 180 degree switchbacks. At the middle of the 3rd, is a 900+ foot drop down to Clear Creek. Avoid due west winds because of rotors off the mountain directly to the west. But Clear Creek Canyon runs WSW so if the wind is ripping (and really 25-30mph is best because then the lift outweighs any possible turbulence) this place is just pure vertical lift. Pretty much foamie territory. Best LZ is to land on the hillside up and to the south of the road where the hill starts to flatten out.
Highway 93 West - On the way to Boulder on highway 93, a couple miles south of town, there's big hill that decends down into the valley that Boulder sits in. Near the top of that hill is a pullout on the west side facing Eldorado Canyon. There's a little slope there, that with a west wind is fairly punchy and can be a great place to stop and fly a little quicky. Here's a page with some photos and videos from the site. Also.. there's a large ridge that juts out just in front of Eldorado Canyon about a half mile west of this site. I've been told it's probably the premiere DS site in Colorado. I haven't flown there yet. To get to it, park on the east side of the highway at the top of the hill, jump the fence and walk out there (it's Boulder open space land). From that ridge you can fly West or NE winds.
Loveland Pass - I flew this a while back and just now am finally getting to an update. Take highway 6 from near the entrance to Eisenhower Tunnel up to the top of the pass. Every time I've been there, the wind has either been blowing from the W, WNE, NW hard or not blowing at all. We usually hike up a few hundred feet and fly east of the highway. Dress warm, it *will* be cold here even if it's hot in Denver. Bring lots of water. Great way to get sick is to get dehydrated after hiking up a few hundred feet, above 12,000 feet. Here's some photos from one of our trips up there. In the first photo we're looking across to the slope we usually fly on (about 1/4 of the way up.) The lift can be just absolutely insane. The landings can be tricky so bring some foamies and then decide if you want to try putting a crunchie down on top (it's possible).
So there you have it. All the places I've
flown. We've been talking about making a trip to the top of Mt. Evans (which has highest paved
road in US). With nearly 50% less oxygen than at sea level, even Zagi flies VERY
very fast up there. A fast foamie like my Bluto should be pretty
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