Mount Diablo offers an excellent variety of soaring experiences to the advanced pilot. Pilots regularly soar Diablo's shear rocky peaks, rolling hills and ridges, gnarly canyons and grassy pastures; sometimes all in the same flight.
As a site open only to USHPA advanced rated Hang Glider pilots, good flying skills and judgement are the keys to rewarding flights at Mount Diablo.
Advanced Paraglider Pilots are also welcome at Diablo. However, Paraglider access to Diablo is coordinated by BAPA (Bay Area Paragliding Association).
See their web site for details.
Be certain you are familiar with site rules and meet all requirements
before attempting to fly Mt. Diablo.
In November 2004, WOR members had the honor of celebrating the 20th annivesary of the first foot launched flight by a hang glider.
in Feet MSL
|RDS/American Tower - 3600'
||NW, N, NE (photos & panorama)
|Navy Towers Launch - 3700'
||West launch - W, SW. South launch
- S, SE.
|Juniper - 1900'
| RDS/American Tower
|| The RDS/American Tower launch site faces
north northwest, and can be launched in light to moderate northeast
to northwest winds. The launch is 3,600 feet MSL and approximately
2900 above the landing areas. The primary landing area is the
at the south-western end of Mitchell Canyon Road. Launches are
steep drops from the edge of the level set-up area.
NOTE: Due to separate Special Use Agreement with the
American Tower owners, access is limted. To manage this sensitve relationed only a limited number of local WOR pilots have been provided the combinations into the enclosed restricted area. To fly this site you must be escorted by one of these pilots. Please contact the Site Chairman, Robert Moore to reach one of these pilots. There is a 5 glider limit at this launch.
Only one vehicle at a time is allowed in the area.
CAUTION: In strong north or northwest winds, it may not
be possible to make it to the Mitchell Canyon landing area.
It is a 6 to 1, 3 mile glide from launch.
| Navy Towers Launch
|| The Navy communications towers launch is
a south facing site with two launches. One launch is a steep
short drop from the edge of the parking lot and should be used
in west to southwest light to moderate winds. The other launch
is east of the largest parking lot and can be used in south
to southeast light to strong winds. The primary landing for
this launch is the thousand footer landing area at 1000 feet
MSL. Launch is at 3700 feet MSL
| Juniper Launch
|| Located at the Juniper Campground on Northgate
Road, this launch is a smooth, rolling hillside. Launches are
possible from SSW to WNW in light to strong winds.
The designated LZ's provide a wide variety of landing options and
varying degrees of landing ease or difficulty.
altitude in feet MSL
| Mitchell Canyon 700
| Thousand Footer 1000
| Macedo Ranch 700
| Athenian School 700
| Curry Point 1800
| Morgan Territory 800
| Mitchell Canyon
|| Located at the end of Mitchell Canyon Road
in Clayton, this LZ is one of the easiest designated LZs. A
gently sloping field allows uphill landings in N,NW,W and SW
directions. It is a 6:1 glide from the American Towers launch.
See site procedures for more details.
| Thousand Footer
|| Located on Northgate Road at the 1000'
elevation. Often considered the most technically challenging
designated LZ, It is also the closest to the Juniper and Navy
Tower launches. A moderately sloping hill allows uphill landings
in SW and W directions. See site procedures for more details.
| Macedo Ranch
|| Located at the end of Green Valley Road
in Alamo, this LZ provides excellent landing approaches to a
tall hill. Moderate hillside slopes allow uphill landings in
N,NW,WNW and NE directions. See site procedures for more details.
| Athenian School
|| Located at the beginning of Southgate road
in Danville, this LZ requires a relatively short final approach
to a moderately sloping hillside. Landings are in the N to WNW
direction, and the LZ is a 6:1 glide from the Navy Towers launch.
See site procedures for more details.
| Curry Point
|| Located along Southgate Road, this seldon-used
LZ provides an effective bail out for pilots who misjudge the
glide to Blackhawk Ridge. This is a technically challenging
LZ, with a final approach heading south to land on a small hill
at 1800 feet. See site procedures for further details.
| Morgan Territory
|| This is a rarely used LZ that is valuable
to pilots attempting to soar North Peak. Located on Morgan Territory
Road at the eastern base of North Peak, this LZ consists of
a moderately sloped hillside allowing a westerly approach and
landing at 800 feet. See site procedures for further details.