LZ: 50’ MSL
Horizontal: 600’ to (1:1 Glide)
Grassy ridges near rock bluffs and butte benches provide ridge soaring
in the Palmer Valley. 2-5 gliders can set up depending on launch direction.
Landing in Mr Sandvik's hay field; Looking south from launch area, it is
the field on the left side of the road across the street from the trail
head, behind the quaint little house with the beautiful yard.
6-10 mph winds,
Occasional thermal conditions.
have strong launch skills to be safe.
Must avoid landing at the reindeer farm across the street.
Ken Sandvik gave us permission to land in his field. Please respect his crops.
If the hay is high, carry your glider to a clear area to fold it up, so the hay
won't get tramped down too much.
launches are above or next to shear rock bluffs.
- Rotors near south
side of butte over small bowl with a pond.
- Winds can be gusty
or span a wide velocity range in cycles of varying length.
- Drastic sink
zones over bowl area, tall trees, power lines on both sides of the
road and fences in fields.
- Rowdy wind gradient
across field. Spot landings can be difficult.
There from Anchorage International Airport:
East on International Airport Road
(left) on Minnesota to Tudor
(right) on Tudor which becomes Muldoon (after six miles) as it
on the Glen Highway, continue past Eagle River & Eklutna
on Old Glen Highway exit
on Bodenburg Butte Road at flashing yellow light
the right at the base of the Butte is the main trail-head.
site description is by no means meant to be complete. Contact
a local pilot for a briefing before flying any site and fly within
your USHGA rating limits.