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Paragliding Crestline, CA

Paragliding Crestline, CA

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Wind: Mini: 0| Maxi 25 mph Gust Max : 18 mph


H 1610 m, HD 1112 m /easy
rating 4/6
Upper launch, more HG than PG but also good.
can get nice sunset glass-offs in the summer. Blown out mid-day for PGs. Works from SW to SE
frequently used .
thermal soaring, good xc possible for PG and HG.
Toplanding possible.
Winds are usually stronger here than Marshall.
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Region: California - USASee flights near this point [ 361 ]Site record : 249.3 kmLink to more information : https://
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The Crestline launch sits at approximately 5200′ MSL and is located on Playground Drive, just west of Crestline. The Crestline launch includes parking, a portable toilet, setup areas, and launches for both hang gliding and paragliding. This section describes the flight operations at the Crestline Launch and identifies related risks, along with techniques that can help mitigate those risks.
Pilots must familiarize themselves with this information before arriving, and this information DOES NOT replace the need for an in-person site briefing from a local pilot or instructor familiar with the area.
Visiting Pilots: All launches and LZs require a P3/H3 rating or above. Visitors NOT meeting P3/H3 requirements must schedule instruction or observation with a local instructor before arriving.
Minimum ratings: Intermediate (P3/H3). Read the General Site Guidelines for exceptions.
Type: Carpeted Slope Launch.
Altitude: 5262′ MSL.
Orientation: S.
Best conditions: Light S, SSW winds (0-10 mph for PG, 0-15 for HG). Conditions tend to be 50% stronger at Crestline Launch than Marshall Peak Launch, so if too strong at Crestline, Marshall Peak Launch may be a better option.
Glide ratio to AJX: 5.2:1; there is no direct straight glide from Crestline to AJX because the front range obstructs the flight path; best route is west off of launch, up the ridge towards Billboard, then south to Regionals and AJX.
Vehicle access: Paved road and paved parking area directly behind launch.
Caution: Pilots Who Do Not Fly Desert Mountain Sites
Crestline is a mountain site with high desert immediately to the north, which produces very strong thermals even in early spring and late fall. Pilots who typically fly ocean-prevailing sites especially are highly recommended to contact one of our instructors for a thorough review before flying at Crestline.
Crestline Launch Rotor
When the wind has a Westerly component the rocks and bushes below and to the west of the hang glider launch can create a rotor that can negatively affect the attitude of a launching hang glider. Hang glider pilots are advised to establish a balanced glider with level wings and to maintain appropriate pitch for a strong run.
High Wind and Gusty Wind Conditions
The Crestline Launch can be susceptible to gusty winds and high winds. Pilots are advised to consider their launching technique and experience before launching in these conditions and to use a wire-man. Pilots are discouraged from launching alone at any time, but especially in gusty winds or high winds.
Toplanding: Crestline Launch is surrounded on 3 sides by tall trees, and there are power lines in the trees directly behind launch. Due to these hazards, and because conditions tend to be stronger on Crestline Launch than the other CSS launches, pilots are strongly advised to make an honest assessment of their own skill level and the current conditions before attempting to top land here.
Parking: There is a paved parking lot directly behind launch.
Take off : A moderate size area where 2-3 PG can setup at the same time.
You park you vehicule in the parking behind launch which is accessible with any vehicle (asphalt road).
There is another launch (Marshall Peak) which is about 300m (1000') lower in case the wind is too strong here. Paragliders use Crestline instead of Marshall to lengthen a sledder when conditions are too weak for staying up.
More information on ParaglidingEarth
landing Same landing as for Marshall. A superb and well maintained LZ in the Andy Jackson Airpark, which was constructed to be level.Defined landing patterns keep hang gliders and paragliders separate on busy days. There is a structure that provides shade and many chairs. There is a large grassy area for folding and breaking down. Limited camping and RV parking is available for nominal fees. No hookups, just a portajohn.
Andy Jackson Airpark is the only location (in the valley) where it is legal for pilots to land. The City of San Bernardino has an ordinance against flying or landing within city limits and the police can issue tickets to violators.
weather Summer conditions mid-day are usually very strong and can be dangerous. Dust devils blow through the LZ. Pilots are encouraged to launch after 5 pm on their first flight and work earlier as they see how they like it.
Wx info:
rules Airspace info (for XC-flights):
access There are excellent maps on the site of instructors Rob and Diane McKenzie, who teach hang gliding and paragliding every day at Marshall. Find the maps here:
Shuttle info:
comments There are normally higher winds here than at the Marshall launch which is about 300m (1000') lower.
Marshall is an unusually reliable site, especially in the summer. Beginning May 1 there are often 100 soarable days in a row. How high you get and how far you might go XC depend on your skill but also largely on the day's conditions. Southern California often has a temperature inversion that limits soaring to 300-600 meters over Marshall launch, but some days are much higher.
Non-CSS-members have to sign a waiver and pay a daily fee ! USHPA membership required!
N034° 14' 10.00"   W117° 18' 47.68"© · last update 1/2023Feedback / Correction
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