Our experience of trying to fly Sweet and Low midday because Sugar was blown out have not been good, It is usually as windy and you have to stay tight to the ridge and avoid a venturi at first to get up. The main problem we have found with midday flying is the LZ.
The field immediately below the launch is OFF LIMITS . The landowner becomes quite irate if he finds anybody in his field and he lives right across from it. To make the regular Bail Out LZ (if not climbing) from this launch midday is a crap shoot at best.
We have a lot of experience flying Sweet and Low in evening conditions and we have made the regular Bail Out LZ on intermediate gliders leaving just below S&L launch a few times. Many of our evening flights end in Lakeview at sunset.
COLD SPRINGS - Weather Station
6313' This station is approx 2 miles SSE of Sugar Hill Launch
|Temperature / °F||53.0||51.0||49.0||46.0||43.0||40.0||36.0||32.0||31.0||30.0|
|Wind Speed / mph||6||8||7||8||5||3||3||4||3||2|
|Wind Gust / mph||14||14||14||14||11||6||6||7||6||3|
Lakeview, Lake County Airport - Weather Station
4734' Lake County Airport
|Temperature / °F||59.0||57.2||57.2||55.4||53.6||53.6||51.8||51.8||51.8||48.2|
|Wind Speed / mph||10||5||9||7||8||10||10||12||8||5|
|Wind Gust / mph|
Launch and Landing
Sweet and Low Launch
|Wind Direction:||From 245° to 280°|
Directions: From North turn east on Forest Road 30 in approx 2 1/2 miles turn right at "4 corners" onto FR 47N05 in approx 2 miles turn left on FR 47N32 after approx 1/2 mile turn right on hard to see dirt track, Follow track to launch. From South turn east on CR 133C/FR 47N05 In approx 3 miles turn right on FR 47N32 after approx 1/2 mile turn right on hard to see dirt track, Follow track to launch
Sweet and Low launch has been used in recent years primarily as a "Glass Off" launch. Launches are flat slope and grassy (usually windy) and you can clearly see the Bail Out LZ and the OFF LIMITS LZ"s from launch.
Sugar and Sweet and Low Bailout - LZ
This is the ONLY field available as a bail out all other fields close to this one are off limits.There is usually a windsock next to the gate. This field slopes down slightly towards the lake. There are some fence posts in the field from an old electric fence. The ones nearest to the breakdown area (gate) should have streamers on them to mark them and show wind direction.
NO LAND LZ - NO LAND AREA
Do NOT land here. Hostile landowner lives on site.
EMERGENCY # FOR MODOC COUNTY DISPATCH (911) 530 233 4416
Interactive Area MapClick on Map markers to display more information about the launch and LZ's. A balloon with real time launch conditions will be displayed for the launch.
Launch LZ NO LAND field