Mission Ridge (aka Mission Peak or Mission)

Last updated on April 13th, 2021 at 2:13 pm

Quick Overview:

Mission Ridge is open to Advanced-rated (H4/P4) pilots, and Intermediate-rated (H3/P3) pilots with additional provisions, under a special use agreement with the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD). Mission can be flown as a hike-and-fly site, or driven to launch through a very restrictive “keyholder” program. The Mission Ridge flying site is located within Mission Peak Regional Preserve and is sometimes referred to by that name or simply referred to as Mission. Mission Peak Regional Preserve is located in Fremont, CA. Parking is available at the Stanford Avenue Staging Area at the end of Stanford Avenue.

Site Committee Chair: Steve Welch

[email protected]

Hang gliding – H4 or H3 plus additional requirements
Paragliding – P4 or P3 plus additional requirements
Mini-wings – M1 special skill recommended

COVID-19 Related Protocols [March 21, 2021]

Social Distancing Protocol for Mission Ridge
Pilots flying at Mission Ridge must follow Alameda County Health Orders regarding social distancing specified on this web site: https://covid-19.acgov.org/

This protocol will be updated as needed.

Pilot Requirements

To fly at Mission Ridge pilots must:

  • Have an Advanced or Intermediate*USHPA pilot rating or foreign equivalent for the wing type they are flying.
  • Be a member of the Wings of Rogallo Northern California Hang Gliding Association Inc. (except visiting pilots)
  • Have in their possession, an electronic Wings of Rogallo membership card that shows the membership expiry date, pilot rating, and pilot eligibility to fly at Mission
  • Be familiar with the Mission site procedures, rules and regulations, and meet all of the requirements.
  • Receive a site introduction before flying at Mission.  Pilots may contact a member of the Site Introduction Team by emailing:

*Protocol for Intermediate-rated Pilots

On a trial basis in 2020 and 2021, Intermediate-rated pilots who meet additional requirements, can fly at Mission Ridge under a provisional agreement with the EBRPD. In addition to meeting the requirements outlined in the Site Procedures, Intermediate-rated pilots must meet the following requirements to fly at Mission:

  • Document in their log books an additional 20 hours of flight time beyond the minimum flight time required for the Intermediate rating.
  • Successfully complete, and provide witnessed evidence of having completed their Advanced landing skill spot landing task.
  • Receive a site introduction from a pilot approved by the site committee to sponsor Intermediate pilots. Members of the Site Introduction Team can provide the site introduction.
  • Be sponsored for the first 5 flights by a member of the Site Introduction Team
  • A Site Introduction Check List is available to sponsoring pilots to help ensure a consistent and thorough site introduction.
  • Intermediate-rated pilots can request an introduction from approved sponsors using the following group email aliases:
  • The sponsoring pilot must possess a minimum of an Advanced rating, and be on the same wing type as the pilot being sponsored.
  • The site introduction and sponsored flights may be performed by different sponsors.
  • After the sponsored pilot completes their required 5 sponsored flights, they receive the left-half of a silver WOR sticker, and are required to have the half-sticker in their possession when flying at Mission.
  • Advanced-rated pilots who would like to be to become sponsors can contact any member of the Mission Site Committee to request to be approved. Use the site intro e-mail aliases.
  • Sponsors should be very familiar with Mission Peak. Sponsors may be added and removed from the Site Introduction Team at the Site Committee’s discretion.

Guidelines for Visiting pilots

Visiting pilots who meet the proficiency requirements above may fly at Mission Ridge free for up to two days per calendar year. In addition to meeting all of the requirements above above, visiting pilots must:

  • Sign up for a visiting pilot membership on the website (there is no charge).
  • Have in their possession an electronic Wings of Rogallo membership card, that indicates that they are a visiting pilot who is eligible to fly at Mission.

Launch

There is one launch for Mission Peak which is gently sloping and grassy, which turns into dried grass early in summer.

Mission is flyable in WSW to NW winds. The ideal direction is W to NW. These wind conditions are present many days from March to mid-September. The typical daily weather pattern for Mission under benign conditions is for light and variable conditions to be present in the morning, thermic conditions to be present mid-day, and for a stable sea breeze to be present by mid to late afternoon, producing a mixture of ridge lift and thermal lift.

It is a 4:1 glide ratio to Landing Zone 1. Top Landing Zone 2 is at the same altitude as launch.

For Hang glider pilots:

  • Minimum wind speed 0 MPH
  • Ideal wind speed is 15 MPH
  • Maximum wind speed is 25 MPH

For Paraglider pilots:

  • Minimum wind speed 0 MPH
  • Ideal wind speed is 8 MPH
  • Maximum wind speed is 20 MPH (for advanced pilots only who are comfortable with strong winds).

Location

The Mission Ridge flying site is located within the Mission Peak Regional Preserve and is sometimes referred to by that name or simply referred to as Mission.

The Wings of Rogallo Northern California Hang Gliding Association Inc. (WOR) is licensed by the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) through a revocable Special Use Agreement (SUA) to administer hang gliding and paragliding activities within the Mission Peak Regional Preserve.

The Mission Peak Regional Preserve is located in Fremont, CA. Parking is available at the Stanford Avenue Staging Area at the end of Stanford Avenue.

The lot is small and is frequently full, even on weekdays; carpooling is encouraged. Limited street parking is available on Vineyard Ave. on weekends and holidays. Street parking is allowed on the North side of Stanford Avenue on weekdays. Observe the posted No Parking signs and hours/days of enforcement. Plan to arrive at Mission early in order to account for time to find a parking spot.

Accessing Mission Ridge

Mission Peak Regional Preserve is a multi-use open space preserve. Please respect the rights of other preserve users. The launch area at Mission may be accessed on foot through the front gate entrance at the Stanford Avenue Staging Area.

The launch area at Mission may be accessed by vehicle through a private locked vehicle access gate off of Mill Creek Road. Thanks to successful negotiations between the Wings of Rogallo and the East Bay Regional Park District a limited number of pilots are granted vehicle access to the park. This is managed by allocating a restricted number of keys to WOR pilots each year.

History

Dave Kilbourne first soared Mission Ridge in a standard Rogallo wing on September 6, 1971. The original launch was lower, closer to Ohlone college. Mission Ridge was opened as a Wings of Rogallo site for hang gliding in 1983, and is now usable by Advanced-rated, and Intermediate-rated (with additional provisions) paraglider and hang glider pilots, under a special use agreement with the East Bay Regional Park District.

Weather Information

Webcam

A webcam is hosted at a local pilot’s house, and it points directly at the Mission Ridge launch. It is publicly accessible, and can be viewed at http://missionpeak.axiscam.net:1920/view/view.shtml?id=734&imagepath=%2Fmjpg%2Fvideo.mjpg&size=1.

Flying hazard: South wind

When the winds at Mission are from the South, the conditions at Mission can be turbulent and potentially dangerous. Mission will be in the lee of some of the ridges and spines of Mt. Allison. Flying at Mission is not advised under these conditions (flying at Ed Levin can be great under these conditions).

The Site Introduction Check List has a more thorough discussion of weather conditions and hazards.

Visiting Pilots

Flying Mission Ridge as a visiting pilot requires a H4/P4 (or foreign equivalent with temporary USHPA membership), and a site introduction.

Please refer to the Mission Site Procedures for additional information, or view our Visiting Pilots page.

Site Committee

Chair: Steve Welch

The Site Committee is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all pilots who fly at Mission Ridge follow the site procedures and abide by the established rules.
  • Monitoring and reporting any violations or questionable behavior
  • Appointing and removing members of the Site Introduction Team
  • Helping out with key distribution and HG rack inspections

Mission Ridge Site Committee Chair

  • Welch, Steve- USHPA #: 91725

Mission Ridge Site Committee Members

  • PG
    • Cohen, Evan – USHPA #: 88630
    • Posey, Robert – USHPA #: 84727
    • Spiegler, Julie – USHPA #: 54168
  • HG
    • Allmendinger, Karl- USHPA #: 35092
    • Bowe, James – USHPA #: 84977
    • Clayton, Paul – USHPA #: 41958
    • Spencer, Roy- USHPA #: 45805

Mission Peak Site Intro Team

Intermediate-rated pilots can request an introduction from approved sponsors using the following group email aliases:

Hang Gliding Sponsors

  • Karl Allmendinger USHPA #35092
  • James Bowe USHPA #84977
  • Paul Clayton USHPA #41958
  • Eric Hinrichs USHPA #57944
  • Soham Mehta USHPA #95973
  • Michael Soderstrom USHPA #79621
  • Roy Spencer USHPA #45805

Paragliding Sponsors

  • Thomas Davis USHPA #86677
  • Susan Kent USHPA #78989
  • Jesse Meyer USHPA #83606
  • Robert Posey USHPA #84727
  • Julie Spiegler USHPA #54168
  • Michael Vergalla USHPA #92026
  • Steven Welch USHPA #91725
  • Daniel Zaslavsky USHPA #97516

Photos from Mission Ridge