Channing Hill flying site in the SF East Bay are unregulated and a site intro is highly recommended. The flying sites are able to be flown with East and West winds and recommended that pilots have at least a P3 skill level, but not required. Refer to site guides below for more details about each launch which can have specific hazards to watch out for as well as specific flying instructions for some sites.
Location and Arrival
Channing Hill (access to west and east) is 2 miles SE of Blue Rock. Park at 800 Channing Circle in front of the park. Ideally, please park a little distance for the park to spread out the parking and not clog up any one part of the residential area. Take the stairs up and head to the back of the park and walk up the hill on the center path. You will hike up to the top and over the hill.
For a site intro, please text: Rob (707) 654 6750
There are no restroom facilities or food vendors of any kind so please be prepared.
DRIVE SLOW: CHILDREN & NEIGHBOR CONCERNS EXPRESSED. BE COOL!
You can be ticketed for parking in wrong places and (not 18” from curb) Park courteous then walk (driving prohibited) the dirt road to left, 200+ yards.
Although Channing East is an unregulated site, USHPA membership is recommended so that USHPA waivers provide added assurance to land owners. P3 rating is strongly encouraged. P1s and P2s are welcome if they have an instructor present. P2s may fly solo at Channing if they have had at least one day of instruction at the site.
Site Launch Guides
Site Information & Resources
|Location||Channing Circle Park,|
|832 Channing Circle Benicia, CA 94510|
|Rating requirement||Unregulated, P3+ recommended|
|Flying Type||Thermal, Ridge Soar|
|Optimal season||East Wind in Winter|
|East Launch Direction||E, ESE, ENE|
|Speed||7-12 MPH Flyable from 45-135|
|West Launch Direction||WSW, NNW|
|Speed||7-12 MPH Flyable from 242-349|
|Gerry Pez Weather|
|Communication||WOR Telegram Access Link|
|Number of Launches||3 Launches|
|Gateway (Training hill)|
|Local Training Schools||Penguin Paragliding|
|Site info Links||flyzephyr.com|
|Channing Hill Site Guide (Google doc)|
|West launch guide from Penguin Paragliding|
|East launch guide from Penguin Paragliding|
|Local Emergency #||Primary call 911|
Note: Location shown is of the general area of the site. Refer to official guides or local pilots get more details.