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Parapente Dunlap North_Mt Sampson, CA

Parapente Dunlap North_Mt Sampson, CA

Conditions Optimales

Dir. vent : WNW W WSW SW SSW
Vent: Mini: 0| Maxi 25 mph Rafale Max : 18 mph


H 1379 m, HD 1240 m
rating 4/6
Most PG flights launch here.
frequently used, thermal soaring, xc. Further info see other launch.
Direct link to flights
Region: CA - USASee flights near this point [ 1213 ]Site record : 139.1 kmLink to more information : -
Region: CA - USASee flights near this point [ 5 ]Site record : 10.1 kmLink to more information : -
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Local club officers (519)301-6356 or (519)285-7594.
​For a Driver while flying Dunlap please call Verna at 559-203-2877. Please text night before you plan to fly.
When flying the site regardless of camping or not, please drop by the main office at the Camp Sequoia Highlands for a quick hello to let them know you are entering the property. This will only take a moment. And SLOW DOWN! Please contact the LZ landowner (Verna 559-203-2877) prior to flying with a text letting her know you are flying. If you need a driver she is a great resource for this. See her page on our website.
Dunlap North at Mt Sampson is a P3 and H3 rated site. With that said, the distance on a dead glide from launch to landing (7:1) requires the ability to thermal in a mountain setting. Consider the conditions of the day before you launch and take note of the pilot skills and the environmental factors of this site guide when making your decision.
Optimal wind conditions for paragliders is at 5-8 mph with gusts to 12 mph; maximum gusts to 15. The latter conditions are typical for the lovely glass-off conditions we get here.
Optimal wind conditions for hang gliders at 10-12 mph; maximum winds are 17 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
You must sign the online waiver, become a member of our club, be able to show validation that you are a current USHPA member, be properly rated, and prepared to launch and land at Dunlap North and the Dunlap South LZ.
Annual club members will be given gate combinations to fly, while temporary members must be accompanied by a full member to gain access.
The Dunlap North at Mt Sampson flying site is near the town of Dunlap, California.
The primary launch is near the top of Mt. Sampson, which overlooks the Dunlap valley, and the landing zone is in the southern part of the valley. If you have flown Dunlap in years past, this is a new launch (called Dunlap North at Mt Sampson) and new landing (called Dunlap South LZ). This site guide is only for these two locations. This club does not authorize you to take off or land at the old locations. Please familiarize yourself with this site prior to attempting to launch.
The CCHPC manages this flying site. For your first flight please contact a club officer or local to help familiarize yourself with the necessary information to maintain good relationships with the land owners.
All Pilots must be members of the USHPA with rating of at least a H3 or P3. These are required because it is a semi-arid mountain site, and like many others in California, can become quite strong, windy, and turbulent during midday. Pilots inexperienced in mountain flying should launch early or late, and land before or after it becomes too strong.
While the technicality of the launch and landing can confidently be managed by a H3 or P3, the distance from takeoff to landing can be a challenge if you don’t get up. We are fully aware of the spectrum of abilities with H3 and P3 pilots and because of that we are mentioning this caution. Ultimately, you are the pilot in command and need to decide if you can safely navigate given the day’s conditions to the designated landing area.
Radios are strongly advised; common frequency is 147.405
Strong thermal activity mid-day
Increasingly strong winds without notice
Rough and sometimes extreme turbulence
Changing wind directions from morning to afternoon to evening
Pilots should note these when deciding to fly or not to fly and making judgment decisions on distances necessary to safely make the LZ.
Landing Area
CCHPC has permission to use this property for hang gliding and paragliding activities only. When using this land, please respect the privacy of the occupants of the homes on the land. No Drones or RC flying is allowed at the landing area.
Please see map for details on where to land and park. Please note that out-landing in the Dunlap or surrounding valleys is not permitted without prior approval from land owners. Our club and your membership does not have permission to land at the old (Dan’s Landing Area). Dan’s Landing area should be avoided unless you have made arrangements with that land owner.
When entering the property, please open and shut the gate immediately after entering or exiting the property as there are cattle and horses that can escape. There are places to park immediately along and inside the fence to your left as you enter the gate. Please avoid parking near where there could be extended landings. Feel free to drive the landing area to gain perspective for your landing approach... If you see any litter it becomes your property. Pick it up and properly dispose of it. We are guests on someone’s private property. Please be respectful.
Please do not attempt to spook the cattle or horses as you come in to land. They will get out of the way and after you land, they will be curious.

There are special risks to be considered when landing here:
The landing area can become quite turbulent during midday, and wind strength and direction can change quickly. While approaching please pay consistent attention to windsocks. Look for dust devils.
The area available for landing is quite large. Do not take unnecessary risks to achieve a spot-landing in order to shorten the hike.
Commit early to flying to the LZ; do not take chances hoping to arrive low. “I got too low” is not an emergency; it is poor piloting and puts the site at risk.
Valley winds can become quite strong, making the trip to the LZ risky or impossible. Surrounding the LZ are dense trees, bushes, low power lines and occupied buildings. Beginning pilots with low-performance aircraft should take particular care. Mini-wings are not allowed at Dunlap North, as the glide slope is too shallow, regardless of pilot skills.
The launch is accessed via FS 13S97, off Hwy 180 Road. After you turn off the main Hwy, you will eventually make a left on FS 12519 to get to Sequoia Highlands Camp. This road is paved at first, then turns to gravel, but is considered good quality.
Please pass the old launch and past the main Sequoia Highland Camp entrance and look for a gate on the left. Full Members can contact a club officer for the gate combination and temporary members must be accompanied by a full member to get the gate combination. The gate has a CCHPC Sign posted on it. Please open and close the gate immediately and re-lock locks only to other locks. Once inside the gate proceed west and then make your way up towards the top of Mt. Sampson. The road will pass an old rusted water tank, parking will be just past this. Do not attempt to drive down to the launch area. Park and walk your equipment and be sure to leave room for a few hang gliders to setup here.
We are guests and your actions impact everyone’s ability to launch at this site. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE CAMPING HERE. Part of Sequoia Highlands motivation to having us launch from their private property is to attract campers. Your camping here helps with our long term presence. Camping reservations can be made with them at 559-336-9425. Cabins and tent camping is available at reasonable rates. Also see our Camping at Sequoia Highland portion of our website.
The launch area is sloped, slightly off camber, and being developed. It is suitable for all hang glider and paraglider pilots with the appropriate ratings. You will see the obvious foot path down to the launch area. It is recommended that Hang Gliders setup above and walk their equipment down. Watch the winds and wait for the right cycle.
Optimal wind conditions for paragliders is at 5-8 mph with gusts to 12 mph; maximum gusts to 15. The latter conditions are typical for the lovely glass-off conditions we get here.
Optimal wind conditions for hang gliders at 10-12 mph; maximum winds are 17 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
Pilots are urged to set up their equipment down hill from where their vehicles are parked, and walk to the takeoff area only when they are ready to launch.
Flying conditions in front of launch are a mixture of dynamic and thermal lift, and pilots should know and follow traffic rules when there are other pilots in the air. If a pilot feels that the flying is too crowded, they should fly to an area more clear of traffic or fly out to the valley. Pilots flying near midday should watch how the wind speed and direction changes.
After you launch, you will want to fly south and immediately start looking for thermals to gain altitude. A house thermal exists one ridge over and in front. Have a local point this location out as it will be key to staying up. It is recommended not to get too low near launch. If you are getting low, move south and try to find lift as you move down the ridge.
This is a new flying site, please share information and feedback with the club that you think pilots could benefit from knowing about. Together we will make this site better and better.
Flying Hazards
Pilots must fly over a ridge protruding off of the old launch to get to the landing area. It is imperative that they leave the ridge with sufficient altitude to do so. During approach to the landing field, pilots should monitor wind as they make circles, and avoid drifting to far into the landing area. Setup far back and plan to land well before the breakdown area.
When transitioning from launch to Delilah, pilots should do so well out front, as the back ridge forms a saddle with strong winds. Once at Delilah, pilots will see that the glide requirements to the LZ have increased significantly; pilots should commit to the LZ early, especially those with lower performance aircraft.
Cross Country Options
Like other sites in California, the best XC conditions can be found during unstable days in the spring/summer. There are known do not land areas. Bear Mountain Pizza and Dan’s old landing area are two. Please connect with local pilots on what the best routes are and where to avoid.
Incidents and accidents should be reported to the national organization via this link: and notify the club.
N036° 46' 08.51"   W119° 06' 07.12"© · last update 1/2023Feedback / Correction
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