Tumwater Mountain Flight Park
The new launch at Tumwater mountain is just a few minutes walk from the parking area. The launch faces northeast, and works best in the morning into early afternoon. This is a private launch area and does require a current USHPA P3 (or higher) rating and registering with the Tumwater Mountain Flight Park through one of their representatives. A site orientation is also mandatory for all pilots. It is also highly recommended that pilots have excellent launching skills, SIV training and a satellite tracking device before flying at any mountain site. Recreational tandem flights are not allowed without permission.
Tumwater Launch South
The traditional launch site at Tumwater Mountain is located on the south end of Tumwater Mountain, and is approximately 25 minutes hike from the parking area. This launch is on Forest service land, and is unregulated. This launch site is narrow with a number of obstacles below. It is recommended that pilots have excellent launching skills, SIV training, a satellite tracking device and a site orientation from someone with experience at this site before flying here.
Landing in the Leavenworth area can be tricky. There are a number of properties that look like good landing sites, however, most of these are off limits unless you have permission due to private property concerns. The new designated landing zone is outlined in green in this photo. It is 14 acres and is bordered by Ski Hill Drive on the east and Ranger Road on the north. This is a private landing area and does require a current USHPA P3 (or higher) rating and registering with the Tumwater Mountain Flight Park through one of their representatives. A site orientation is also mandatory for all pilots prior to any landings. Recreational tandem flights are not allowed to land here without permission. Parking at the landing zone is available on the east side of Ski Hill Drive (do not block the entry gate or park on private property). Large groups are advised to use the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club parking lot to organize groups (**please respect that the church on Wheeler street has asked us to stop using their parking lot.**) Contact Leavenworth Paragliding or speak with a local pilot for up to date information on other available landing areas.