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Dave Kilbourne first soared Mission Ridge in a standard Rogallo wing on September 6, 1971. The original launch was lower, near Ohlone college. Mission Ridge was opened as a WOR site for Hang Gliding in 1983. Only Advanced Rated current USHPA Hang Glider and Paraglider pilots may now fly there.

Mission Ridge is located in Fremont, CA. To get to Mission take the Mission Blvd. exit off 680 or 880 Hwy. Go east to Stanford Ave. Turn right. Go 3/4 of a mile to the Mission Peak Preserve. Parking is very limited. Carpool whenever possible.

The Mission Peak Preserve is a multi-use open space preserve. Please respect rights of other preserve users. The East Bay Regional Parks district has limited the number of pilots with direct access to Mission. This is managed by allocating a restricted number of keys to WOR pilots each year. Since the only way to fly Mission is with a keyholder, please contact one of the folks on the keyholders list to gain access.

Be certain you are familiar with site procedures, rules and meet all requirements before attempting to fly Mission Ridge.

Site Related Documents:

Rules and Restrictions

Site Committee Chairman

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Flying The Site and Best Soaring Conditions
On clear days in the summer, the wind is typically light in the morning with northwest after noon winds to 15 MPH. This summer pattern predominates through the year. Mission ridge is soarable in winds west southwest to west northwest. The best conditions are pre frontal.

Best soaring is in unstable conditions with west to west northwest winds. There is a Terminal Control Area 4000 feet above launch (6000 feet MSL). This is area E of the CT for San Francisco airport.


  • Do not exceed 5500 feet MSL at Mission Ridge.
  • There is a great deal of air traffic along Mission Ridge. These aircraft are often at the same altitudes that we fly.
  • West of HWY. 680 is the San Jose International airport ARSA. The ARSA extends from the surface at approximately Dixon Landing road to 4000 feet MSL.
  • Mission peak is steep and a rotor exists down wind of the peak.
  • Do not fly down wind of the peak.

Launch Altitude

1980 feet MSL and 1500 feet AGL

Best Wind Direction

Launch Characteristics
Launch faces west and is launchable in west northwest to west southwest winds. There is room for 15 gliders to be set up.

Launch is accesed by a four wheel drive dirt road. A limited number of pilots have access to gate keys required for access. See a keyholder to fly Mission.


  • Do not launch in south winds.
  • Do not drive on the road when it is the least bit wet. The infamous footprint test is used. If you step on the road and any dirt/mud sticks to the bottom of your shoes, it's too wet to drive on and you will be cited by the parks department.

Landing Zone Altitude:
480 feet MSl

Landing Zone Characteristics
The primary landing area is shaped like a half of a bowl open to the southeast. The landing area slopes slightly downhill to the south and west and slightly uphill to the east.

Landing in a southwest or northwest wind is uphill near the top of the bowl. At the bottom of the bowl is a dirt road, a creek bed and a line of trees.


  • When approaching the landing area from the east or southeast take care to leave enough space between you and the trees. Landing in a southeast wind is uphill northwest of the landing area bowl.
  • Do not overshoot the peak of the landing area when approaching from the west

For up to date information on parks in the East Bay Regional Park District
please call the EBRPD Park Closure Hotline: 510-544-2222

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