There are numerous great spots for slope soaring in Northern California. This article has links to other sites with more info
These are locations we have had the privilege to fly. Some may have access restrictions.
Check with local flyers for information.
Davenport is about 15 miles north of Santa Cruz just off HWY 1. The flying site is just across the highway from Big Creek Lumber. You’ll see a small hanger with a windsock on top and the runway at the cliffs edge. ( Imagine crosswind landings in a 310 or Baron! ) Find a parking place on the ocean side and follow the trail to the cliff’s edge.
Sunset State Beach is a few miles south of Santa Cruz near Watsonville. Wind normally builds in the afternoon. Not really a morning spot. Go here for directions:
There are many places near San Francisco. Check out this site for more info.
or Axel’s Bay Area Soaring Information at:
If you are in the East Bay area try:
Around Trukee, Tahoe and Grass Valley try Rob Crockett’s Gold Country R/C Soaring site: