Mount Woodside

WIND DIRECTION

LAUNCH

49°14’36.2″N (49.2434)
121°53’15.0″W (-121.8875)
Elevation: 680m ASL

LANDING ZONE

49°13’37.2″N (49.227)
121°53’49.2″W (-121.897)
Elevation: 30m ASL

RECOMMENDED*

SITE RATING

P2 or H2

WING TYPES

Paraglider
Hang Glider
Speedwing

SITE TYPE

Cross Country
Thermic
Soaring

* unless under direct instructor supervision.

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About: Woodside is one of the WCSC’s most high-profile and valued sites. The site has smooth coastal influenced air combined with pleasant thermals which are well away from the hill. The scenery is outstanding. Woodside can get crowded in spring and early summer. Please, land in designated landing fields only (see map and distinction between HG and PG LZ). Please respect our landowners.

* Update November 2021: Please note that the FlyBC Ranch is no longer in operation, and is not an option as an LZ! Riverside is the main LZ for paragliders.

Hazards: Be aware that outflow winds (north and east) can create dangerous rotor. This site can “blow-out” in the afternoon, especially in summer.

Launch Access: 2WD.
Follow Mt. Woodside Forest Service Road (FSR) 4.2 km (2.6 miles), take the left fork on the road. Take your next left and drive up a short steep hill. Park at the top of the hill if you don’t have a 4WD.

Launch Description: The launch is a groomed gradual slope facing WSW at 2250′ (680 m) ASL. Set up area for 10+ gliders but can still get crowded at peak flying times. Large parking area. Clean takeoff. The old hang glider ramp is not in use anymore, and its condition is unknown.

Paraglider LZ: The ‘Riverside LZ’ is located south of the Lougheed Highway. The gate has a code. Please contact the sites director for the code and remember to close the gate behind you.

Hang Glider LZ: The ‘Old LZ’ is located on the north side of the Hwy 7, at the extreme east end of the Harrison Mills flat, just before the highway goes (east) uphill into the trees. The field is a cow pasture, so take necessary “precautions”.

Site Regulations: The WCSC holds a tenure on the launch area, and has agreements in place for the use of landing fields. Follow the Site Safety Standards. HPAC Insurance and WCSC membership are required.

Airspace: CYA 132 (H) to 6000′ (1800 m) ASL (Maximum). Watch for small aircraft over Riverside LZ.

Radio Frequency:
Club: 146.415 MHz and 146.550 MHz
Aircraft: 123.4 MHz and 173.640 MHz

Site Director: 

Flying Season: Best XC potential is in the spring and early summer, but Woodside can deliver year round.

Leave with enough altitude to reach one of the designated LZs. In windy conditions, it can be a long glide.

House Thermals:

Cross-Country: Cross-country flights east to Agassiz Mt., Bear Mt., and on to Hope (beware of strong winds near Hope), or across the Fraser River to Bridal Falls have been made, or (usually) upwind flights west towards Dewdney. An easy and pleasant XC Flight is to go east to Harrison Hot Springs: a good place to soak your bones after a day of flying. Triangle flights across the Fraser River to Mt. Ludwig, Mt. Cheam, Bridal launch, and then back to Woodside have been done.

RASP

Mt Woodside is a very popular site with beginner and advanced pilots of both paragliding and hang gliding. The launch/setup area is large and accommodating, but on busy days/weekends, understanding how both PG and HG pilots in the freeflight sport operate is necessary for safe and fun flying. Please consider the following guidelines when flying here on a busy day.

  1. Paraglider set up/pre-flight checks should be done away from the prime launching area and behind the queue of ready pilots. The black mat was placed there for this exact purpose. This is where you can open up your foil, and check your lines. Once you’re clipped in, have all your gear ‘ready for flight,’ queue up directly behind the launching pilots wall ‘Ready for flight’ means you are already clipped in and checks are done BEFORE you layout and build your wall.  
  2. Hang Gliders are best to set up along the north and east edges of launch. The north edge is reserved for large tandem and Atos hangies for their wingspan requirements. If hang gliders are present, please keep the north and east edges free of bags. One good spot to place paraglider gear is just east of the windsock where the hiking trail opens up onto launch. This area as a “bag dump” stops at the east bushes. (When the wind is coming from the south, this area becomes the prime launch area and the windsock should be removed.) If we can keep unattended gear off launch, this is best. 
  3. The WCSC respects all pilots and wants to support a safe, fair, and semi-organized launch process. Some equipment do not fit neatly into a line-up and are therefore encouraged to skip the paraglider queue and enter into a “merge” procedure. Hang-gliders and Tandem Pilots should take turns launching in competition with the paraglider queue 1 for 1. 
  4. The hiking trail that crosses the southwest face of the launch knoll must be kept clear if a hang glider is ready to launch. (A hang glider can use 30+ meters of runway before lifting away from the hill.) 
  5. Respect instructors and students. Students may need extra time to launch. Remember those first few flights? The last thing any new pilot needs on launch is additional pressure from a traffic jam. However, instructors should also respect other pilots. If your student needs extra time to launch, courtesy may dictate stepping aside and letting more experienced pilots launch. Again, they’ll likely be on their way quickly.
  6. Watch your language. All kind of people can be up on launch on a busy day. Keep your cursing to yourself (or at least under your breath if you must). Also be mindful of what you are saying. Low hour pilots trying to calm their mind before launching probably don’t want to hear you telling everyone about that pilot who treed themselves last week.  When in doubt – keep your crash stories and close calls to yourself on launch.
  7. Educate rather than chastise – New pilots and the general public don’t always have the best awareness. If someone is unknowingly messing with your gear or doing something that should be corrected, don’t be a dick. Most people respond well to gentle education rather than screaming and throwing a tantrum.
  8. WCSC encourages family friendly conversation between members and the public on launch as we want to represent our flying community in the most professional and inviting way possible.
Woodside and Benny Site Guide

Woodside Site Guide

At Mt. Woodside, there are a few things that you want to watch out for.

Woodside Airspace

At Woodside, make sure not overfly the prison below 1100ft or land within the boundaries. The center of the valley is an airway for YVR, keep an eye out for traffic. 

Woodside Site Records

Hang Gliding

  1. 142.51 km – Martin H.
  2. 137.12 km – Martin H.
  3. 127.39 km – Martin H. 

Paragliding

  1. 102.31 km – Al T.
  2. 116.16 km – Peter S.
  3. 97.76 km – Alex R. 

Emergency Situations

Radio Frequency: 146.415 MHz
Emergency: 911

In the event of an incident, one person at the scene should take charge and delegate a single individual to contact Emergency Services.

All press enquiries should be referred to the Club President or Safety Officer. DO NOT speak to the press directly. Privacy laws prohibit the release of member details without permission.

Nearest Hospital

Chilliwack General
(604) 795-4141
45600 Menholm Rd, Chilliwack, BC

Search and Rescue

Kent Harrison SAR
(604) 798-2576