|McGuire Peaks, Sunol CA|
Unproven Dynamic Soaring Site with a walk. West winds will give the best backside performance. Pointy transition as well as steep, (near vertical) and deep backside result in excellent Dynamic Soaring capability. East winds should work almost as well on the backside but the front side lift would be awesome. Bring a hat and lots of water. It's at least a couple of miles to any facilities here.
|DS Videos, wind approx 15mph|
|Electron-54 Video 1, No Ballast|
|Electron-54 Video 2, No Ballast|
|Site Video form the top|
* 680 to Calaveras Rd. Exit.
* Zero your Trip Odometer when you hit Calaveras Rd.
* South on Calaveras Rd. (ease side of Highway)
* Left on Welch Creek Rd. (trip odometer reading = 4.0)
- Note, if you don't have a parking pass you'll need to pick up a day use permit at the other
park entrance on Geary Rd. (trip odometer = 4.4)
* On Welch Creek, Lower McGuire's Peaks trail head. (trip odometer 4.7)
* On Welch Creek, first parking lot (trip odometer = 6.2)
|Cross County Time|
|Trail Head||Loop Trail Marker||Ridge Line Split|
* The Lower McGuire Peaks Trail is a fireroad. Follow it up to the Loop Trail marker
- don't take the upper trail, it's overgrown and difficult to navigate. (I took this one up)
* When you get to the McGuire Peaks Loop Trail marker clearly marked) Take the path on
- There is at least one fire road on the left that may confuse you. Don't take it, Continue
until you find the marker
* Once you get to the ridge line the fire road splits. The loop trail is left (follow the arrow)
* When you can see the Peak, you'll also see a way to get up that's not too steep. This is the
cross country part. Go straight up to the ridge line and walk the ridge line up to a number
of flying locations.
Other way up:
* When you get to the Loop Trail marker, turn left instead of right
* There is a hairpin section somewere that leads to the peaks.
- This way sounds better than the way I made it up but I did not see the trail from any
location I was at.
|King of the hill: Donald Lee, 73mph - 60" Nemisis on 3/18/06|
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