The Stables is one of the premier coastal soaring sites in the country. Pilots can often fly while watching the sun setting over the Pacific, the Farallon Islands in the distance, and spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge. The area is owned by the GGNRA, and we are allowed to fly through a special use agreement. A P3 with site intro and signed waiver is required to fly here. See the site procedures for additional information.
Site Committee Chair: Pam Kinnaird
(mandatory site introduction and WOR membership card)
To fly at The Stables 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 Stables site procedures, rules and regulations and meet all of the requirements.
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. The GGNRA established rules and boundaries for paragliding activities at The Stables. The permit does not include hang gliding, motorized power, or commercial activities and tandem flying is not currently permitted. Hiking is permitted only on designated trails. Dogs must be on a leash.
Launch and Landing Restrictions
Launching and landing within the GGNRA space are permitted only at designated areas which will be pointed out during your site introduction. We are allowed to top land here or on the beach. It is illegal to launch or land any where else on GGNRA land. Any pilot found launching or landing outside the designated area can be cited by the Park Rangers and will endanger our permit with the GGNRA. Please help keep this site open by educating other pilots who may not be aware of these restrictions.
Launch is along the cliff, on a plateau, about 80′ above the beach.
Ideal wind: WSW – NW (soarable mostly between April and October)
Recommended Wind Limits:
Glide Ratio to LZ: Top landing is the primary LZ, but there is a beach below the cliff, about a 1:1 glide at most.
The Primary LZ is to top land just east of launch, about 80′ MSL.
The Secondary LZ is on the beach, just below launch.
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.
Pilots must yield to people on horseback. Courtesy (especially toward spectators) is mandatory of all pilots at all times.
No flight within 200 feet of Westlake houses is permitted.
Paraglider pilots will not fly at golf course altitude when they are within 200 feet of a fairway.
When winds are less than 13 m.p.h. (as measured at Fort Funston launch), no more than 8 paragliders are allowed to fly on the ridge of the Olympic Club Easement.
When winds are less than 13 m.p.h. (as measured at Fort Funston launch), no more than 15 paragliders are allowed to fly the Westlake Cliffs.
HELMETS are required.
VISIBILITY REQUIREMENT: All pilots must maintain enough distance and visibility with cliff, clouds, fog, and other pilots so as not to endanger themselves or other pilots.
TANDEM FLYING, COMMERCIAL INSTRUCTION, STUNT FLYING and AEROBATICS, MOTORIZED PARAGLIDING and HANG GLIDING are prohibited in the permitted area.
In an emergency: Call 911
Additional Emergency Services numbers:
Pacifica Fire & Police- (650) 738-7314
National Parks dispatch- (415) 561-5505
The Stables Site Introduction Team
- Dietmar Burkhardt Jr USHPA #57395
- Evan Cohen USHPA #88630
- Thomas Davis USHPA #86677
- Daniel Fourie USHPA #97550
- Susan Kent USHPA #78989
- Jesse Meyer USHPA #83606
- David Oddy USHPA #98729
- Robert Posey USHPA #84727
- Julie Spiegler USHPA #54168
- Michael Vergalla USHPA #92026
- Steven Welch USHPA #91725
- Daniel Zaslavsky USHPA #97516