Ecola State Park Slope Site
Cannon Beach, OR

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I fly here a lot because it is so convenient when we go to the coast from Portland. The flying is right out over the water, so you better be absolutely sure that you have enough lift. The seagulls will show you where the lift is. This place has a beautiful view of Haystack Rock. You will get a few strange looks from the tourists as you fling your glider over the hand-rail at the top of the cliff, right over the ocean. The flying here is great out front, over the ocean, but the trees behind don't allow a back-of-the-hill pass like some slope sites. When you are finished flying, you have to walk a ways back to the LZ, maybe warn some spectators not to get in the way, and make a 1-time-only approach through some turbulent air. I highly recommend flying either on low-wind days with a HLG or other light plane, or a plane with flaps and/or Crow. A hot sloper without landing devices won't work well here.

This description was provided courtesy of Pat Chewning.