Location: 20 miles south of Reno, NV. Drive south on Hwy 395 to East Lake Blvd. Turn left onto East Lake and drive south. Turn in at the rangers headquarters at the SE corner of the valley. Follow the dirt road up past the water tank and travel south to the intersection. Turn right and follow the road to the turn off at the base of backside of the launch hill. Turn right and follow road up the hill to the setup area.
Launch Direction: N, NW, W. North is the preferred wind direction.
Seasons: All year.
Site weather: There is a weather station at the west end of the Duck Hill ridge, near to HWY 395, about 2.5 miles West of the launch . The Reno area soaring forecast is at . Here's a link that provides an overview of winds for the area
Launch Elevation: 5,900’
LZ Elevation: 5,050’
Recommended Pilot Rating: Novice (H2), Intermediate (H3), Advanced (H4). Beginner (H1) with instructor supervision.
Type Launch: Sloping loose dirt, rocks and sagebrush.
LZ Location: South end of Washoe Lake State Park. The area behind the launches is good for top landings.
Type landing: Very large, flat, grassy field.
Setup Area: Large rocky, dirt, and sage brush area with unlimited room for gliders.
Launch Access: Partially maintained dirt road with a 10 minute turnaround. Rugged 2WD with good clearance, but it's a lot easier with 4WD.
Info Contact: Any local pilot.
Miscellaneous: Excellent training site. Wind direction can change quickly. Watch for dust devils at launch. Site is usually flown earlier in the day before the prevailing winds switch to SW.
Coordinates: Launch – N 39° 13.775’ W 119° 45.860’
LZ – N 39° 14.560’ W 119° 45.918’