Point of the Mountain (South Side)
|Glide to LZ||easy|
|Restrictions||MUST be BOTH a USHPA member and a UHGPGA member (Utah Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association) and sign a waiver to land at the bottom (in an emergency)|
|Site Type||ridge & thermal lift|
5 Steep Mountain Drive, Draper, Utah
The North side of the Point is a wonderful ridge/thermal site within a few minutes of the South side. The large, car-accessible launch and landing zone is atop a small ridge and is designated a city park. A much larger ridge is behind launch, allowing ridge and thermalling flight. The upper ridge extends NE towards Lone Peak (11.2k ft), which is often a goal for pilots on superior days. A flight must cross "The Gap", which is a section of terrain after the ridge ends, but before the peak is within reach. There are not many LZs in this section, so make sure of the situation. The golf course is only for emergencies, and you may get cited.
Spring through Fall, it is soarable in the afternoons to evenings, dependent upon the strength of the lake-effect breeze from the north. On a light to medium strength day, it gets very crowded with paragliders. The most desirable days allow for early launch into soarable conditions on the lower ridge, catching a thermal to follow back (bench up) to the upper ridge, and from there fly for hours. The large numbers of paragliders typically stay off the lower ridge until the thermals calm down somewhat.