Grandeur Peak is generally considered P-3, due to often strong conditions during mid-day and/or summer flying conditions. P-2 with instructor. P-2’s should avoid strong mid-day conditions.
There are a number of launches on Grandeur. The main North launch area (at about 5,950 ft) is the easiest to launch from, and works with NW – SW winds. It is an easier launch, with a gentle slope, reasonably grassy, and good wing layout areas.
The North launch has an upper launch area about 300′ higher along the same ridge. The upper North launch is a bit steeper, and requires a bit more care with laying out your wing, due to the steeper slope, and a few more rocks laying around. It generally offers a better opportunity to climb out. A general rule of thumb is that the main North launch is about 50/50 on climbing out, whereas the upper North launch is more like 80% on climbing out.
The south launch (on the next ridge to the south) is steeper, and more for W and SW winds, and offers a more direct glide to the LZ.
The main LZ is at Eastwood Elementary School, and while school is in session, they let out at 3:20 pm M-Th, and at noon on Friday. Please do not land at the school during school hours, and leave a few minutes after they let out, for the school yard to clear out.
For advanced pilots, it is possible to land along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail below launch, and above the school (such as when school is in session). Scope this out to make sure it is within your abilities before attempting.
The Grandeur Peak Trailhead at about 2900 S Wasatch Bld, (4,950 ft elev) is a common starting point for the hike, and offers good parking, but there are other options.
Max recommended wind on launch: 9 mph
As this is a mountain site along the Wasatch Front, pilots should be aware of forecast winds aloft.
Winds can change direction quickly on launch. A wind flag is recommended to assess conditions and wind direction.
There are power lines on the ridges below, and by the school LZ, these can be easily avoided, but should be noted before flying.
There are a number of ridges on Grandeur, which are good thermal triggers. There is potential for rotor if pilots fly behind ridges or too close into the gully/canyon areas. Maintain good ground clearance, and keep high when crossing from ridge to ridge.
Midday spring and fall can be very active air, requiring strong active piloting skills. Midday summer conditions can be extremely challenging. Morning or evening flights during those seasons will be generally safer.
Use the main LZ (the elementary school LZ) on weekends, or after school is out. DO NOT use during school hours. School typically lets out at 3:20 pm M-Th, and about noon on Friday. The school LZ is the primary LZ for Grandeur, and really the only good LZ nearby.
The LZ will often have children and families playing during and after school and on weekends, be careful to land safely away from people in the LZ.