Mori Point

Last updated on March 2nd, 2021 at 5:50 pm

Quick Overview:

Mori Point is a small hill site located along the Pacific Ocean.  It’s infrequently flown due to specific weather requirements and hazards. A site introduction and completed online waiver are mandatory prior to flying this site on your own. Mori Point is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and is a protected wildlife space. The site has been closed for a long time due to environmental concerns but, thanks to the efforts of a few determined pilots, Mori Point is open again, albeit with substantial restrictions compared with the previous site. A P3 is required to fly here.  See the site procedures for additional information.

Site Committee Chair: Pam Kinnaird

[email protected]

Hang gliding not allowed
Paragliding – P3 with RS and AWCL skills
(mandatory site intro and helmet sticker)
Mini-wings – M1 special skill recommended

Pilot Requirements:


To fly at Mori Point pilots must:

  • Possess proof of a current USHPA Paragliding Intermediate rating, plus RS and AWCL special skills signoffs, or better, or a current and approved foreign equivalent.
  • Fill out the Stables & Mori Point eWaiver
  • 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 Mori
  • Receive a site introduction from the site admin or authorized designee
  • Be familiar with the Mori Point site procedures, rules and regulations and meet all of the requirements.

Please contact the Site Admin to get your site introduction and sign the eWaiver before you fly this site!

Pilot Waiver

Signing the waiver to use this site is your agreement to know, abide by, and enforce the rules and regulations contained in this document. Failure to do so can result in privilege suspension.

Park Special Use Permit

WOR has obtained a Special Use Permit from the National Park Service for the activity of Paragliding at this site. Mori Point is now included with the Stables site on a single permit. The GGNRA established rules and boundaries for paragliding activities at Mori Point. The permit does not include hang gliding, motorized power, or commercial activities and tandem flying is not permitted. Launching and landing within the GGNRA space are permitted only at designated areas. Hiking is permitted only on designated trails. Dogs must be on a leash.

Launch is at the top of a small hill, about 320′ MSL.

Ideal wind: NNE – NNW (soarable mostly in the winter) 8-15mph.

Recommended Wind Limits:
Minimum: 0mph
Ideal: 12mph
Maximum: 16mph

Glide Ratio to closest LZ is about 3.5:1

The Primary LZ is on the top of the plateau, about 150′ MSL.

The Secondary LZ is on the beach, about 10′ MSL.

Wind speed and direction can change in a short period of time. Look for white caps on the ocean. This is a good indicator that the wind is too strong to fly. Check the wind direction as you fly and before you land. Do not land downwind.

Rotors are the severe turbulence found on the lee side of a ridge, spine, trees, or other formations. Rotors change location according to the wind direction.

Shear turbulence is created when two air masses moving in different directions meet. Do not fly in strong shears.

Fog can develop quickly creating poor visibility.

Do not fly low over the houses. Landing is permitted only atop the Mori Pt. plateau directly below launch; top landing back at launch; or at the beach north of Mori Point. Do not hike or land in designated protected wildlife areas.

Other hazards to be aware of:

  • There is very little beach below much of the cliff around the perimeter of the primary landing zone.
  • The ocean is extremely cold and often has large waves. Landing in the water can be fatal.
  • There are concrete foundation walls next to the primary landing zone.
  • During the winter and spring months there are often large puddles next to the primary landing zone.
  • There are power lines that run along the north side of Old County Rd. (Moris Pt. Rd.).
  • There are remnants of an old storm drain pipe on the beach north of Mori Point (secondary landing zone).
  • The airspace is limited and only two gliders are permitted to fly at the same time.
  • There is no way out of the beach cove to the south of the primary LZ so landing on the beach (if there is one) in that cove is not an option.

In an emergency: Call 911

Additional Emergency Services numbers:

Pacifica Fire & Police- (650) 738-7314
National Parks dispatch- (415) 561-5505

 

Please report any issues or events via the Accident/Incident/Concern Reporting Form.

Mori Point Site Introduction Team

  • Daniel Byrne USHPA #65702
  • David Sondergeld USHPA #52268
  • Morgan Venable USHPA #73314