Posted by Chris Erikson on Oct 26, 2003, 15:35
The Sentinel Gap slope site is on the extreme west end of Saddle mountain, overlooking the Columbia river. It is easily the most spectacular flying site on the Saddle mountain complex, quite a statement for an isolated mountain known for it’s incredible views and the expansive scenery at every site.
Copyright Chris Erikson 2003
Location: Central Washington, 20 Miles SW of Moses lake
Driving Time: 2.5 hours from Seattle
Slope flying at Red Head Slope facing due South in Saint John N.B. Overlooking the Bay Of Fundy.
The slope is at a former Coast Guard site, and as far as I know it still is. The site is only good for South and South-West wind, but that is the direction the wind blows most of the time. It is a beautiful site with about 80-100′ bank, and the slope is about 1 mile long. There are always some bubbles around too as a small arm of land is sticking out on the left side about a 1/4 mile away from the slope. The landing site is a bit of a challenge due to the rotor, but it is all flat and covered with a hardy green plant about 3 feet high and it makes for a good cushion if you miss the little grassy spot about 50′ square.
The Capital Area Soaring Society (CASA) has a private, members-only, site near Jefferson, Maryland. For information about CASA and the site, see www.soarcasa.org.