Lookout Mountain

Mt. ZionMt. Zion (Lookout Mtn): The Lookout flying site, located on Mt. Zion in Golden, has restricted landing fields, is in the public eye, and is one of very few sites along the Front Range. Lookout Launch is located on Jefferson County Open Space land. Lookout LZ is owned by the Colorado School of Mines and by the City of Golden. We fly with permission of these organizations and are required to restrict flying at Lookout to qualified pilots. With that said, we’ll do everything we can to help qualified pilots enjoy this great flying site as much as we do!

Th site is at approximately 6500ft MSL, 900ft above the primary LZ. Launches include possible NE, E, and SE. It's primarily a thermal site with little ridge soaring opportunity. Flying is possible year round. It has good XC potential; the Colorado state hang gliding record was set here - 187 miles by Brad Koji, and paragliding record of 102 miles by Jan Voegeli.

You must be a member of the USHPA and the RMHPA to fly this site due to landowner liability issues and you must meet RMHPA requirements for flying this site.

Paraglider Requirements

Introduction Video for Paraglider Pilots:

Rating Requirement
All Current RMHPA and USHPA Membership.
Local P2 Minimum of 90 flights
  Must have 15 spot landings within a 50 foot circle. (Instructor Verified)
  Sponsored for a minimum of 10 flights
  The prospective P2 pilot must have an Observer or Instructor reference.
  USHPA recommended operating limitations also apply.
  P2 pilots must be sponsored for every Lookout flight.
P3 Observer/Sponsor walk through with site briefing
  Sponsored for a minimum of 10 flights
P4 Observer/Sponsor walk through with site briefing

Visiting Paraglider Pilots

Rating Requirement
All *Current RMHPA and USHPA Membership.
P2 MINIMUM OF P3 RATING TO FLY LOOKOUT
P3 Walk through with site briefing
  Sponsored for a minimum of 10 flights
P4 Observer/Sponsor walk through with site briefing

Lookout Paraglider Sponsors

Hang Glider Requirements

Introduction Video for Hang Glider Pilots:

Rating Requirement
All Current RMHPA and USHPA Membership.
Local H3 Walk through with a site briefing.
  10 Sponsored Flights with RLF sign off after the 10 flights.
Visiting H3 with RLF Signoff Walk through with a site briefing.
10 Sponsored Flights
Local and Visiting H4 Walk through with a site briefing.
1 Sponsored Flight

Lookout Hang Glider Sponsors

Mini Wing Requirements

Rating Requirement
All Current RMHPA and USHPA Membership.
Local P2 M1 Minimum of 60 Mini Wing Flights
  Must have 15 spot landings within a 50 foot circle.
  Sponsored all flights
  Observer or Instructor must perform walk through and sponsor the 1st flight for P2’s.
  USHPA recommended operating limitations also apply.
  Must have 15 spot landings within a 50 foot circle. (Instructor Verified)
M2 Observer/Sponsor walk through with site briefing
Visiting P2 M1 Minimum of 60 Mini Wing Flights
  Must have 15 spot landings within a 50 foot circle.
  Sponsored all flights
  Observer or Instructor must perform walk through and sponsor the 1st flight for P2’s.
  USHPA recommended operating limitations also apply.
  Must have 15 spot landings within a 50 foot circle. (Instructor Verified)
M2 Observer/Sponsor walk through with site briefing

Special Mini Wing Precautions

Caution should be observed when flying a mini wing with less then 5:1 glide as to make the LZ, it is not recomended flying during active conditions from 11am to 2pm, as a note just because there are other pilots in the air doesn't mean the conditions are not strong and potentially p4 flying conditions. The LZ during these times can be extremely challenging. Lookout is not considered a good high wind soaring site because of the variance in wind direction and complex features and should be treated with extreme caution during strong conditions. Near the LZ the ditch should be avoided at all times and landing short before the ditch , should be preference if low to avoid a potential ditch landing.