You should visit and carefully inspect ALL landing areas before flying Hat Creek Rim. The #2 LZ is the largest and most used of the site's LZs. Generally the wind is coming from the west or southwest. This requires the pilot to use the width of the LZ to land. Altitude density (you're at 3,576 feet MSL) and the wind shadow (the wind at treetop level can be strong, while the wind at ground level is minimal) are key factors when landing. Mid-afternoon landings are a real handful in the summer due to the gusty conditions and thermals rolling through the LZ. Generally, the most user-friendly time to land is when the shadows have crossed the field and the conditions are mellowing (as pictured on the right). REMINDER; The north half of the landing area is private property. We've been asked politely not to land, camp, park or breakdown on this property. A line of very small white rocks and the permanent windsock indicate the property boundary. It was thru our negotiations that a fence was not erected at the boundary of the private property. Thank you in advance for respecting the wishes of the private land owner and keeping off their property..
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#2 LZ Particulars
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Elevation: 3576' MSL
Size: Approx. 30 acres - LZ runs north to south.
Coordinates: N40°50.417' W121°26.967'
Prevailing wind (summer afternoon): South and West. Morning/late evening; light and variable.
Permanent Windsock: Yes. But always check before flying, they have disappeared.
Vertical Obstacles: Tree-lined boundary, windsocks.
Surface Irregularities: Minor to moderate. Sunken cattle tracks and small lava rocks. Clean area on west side of LZ
Water: No., Shade: Yes., Toilet: Yes., Trash: No.
Vehicle Access: Excellent.
Parking: As you enter the LZ you'll see a large Pine Tree just to the left of the road (see site map)
Cellular Service: Depends on provider - spotty service with Verizon
Ham repeater: 147.030+ You can also try simplex 146.415
Landing before 6pm on a hot, windy summer day can be a real demanding task - are you ready to rumble?!?
Altitude density is the actual density of the air you are launching, flying and landing in. On a hot summer day, the altitude density in the landing areas (ranging in altitude from 3,485' to 3,865') can routinely exceed 6,000 feet and above!
This is a wind gradient and wind shadow area, be prepared - wheels are sometimes useful.
Do not drive in the LZ.
Avoid travel when roads are muddy or soft.
Cattle sometimes graze in the LZ.
Risk Management Plan
This is the most popular LZ
The north half of the landing area is private property. We've been asked very nicely not to land, camp, park or breakdown on this property. A line of very small white rocks and the permanent windsock indicate the property boundary. If you accidentally land there move to our side right away.
It's a 0.8 mile drive from the main 22 road to this LZ.
Camping and Campfires
Be fire safe and leave no trash
If you plan on camping next to LZ, please comply with all fire regulations and/or restrictions. Your free REQUIRED campfire permit is available at the following places; The USFS center on Hwy 89 (just south of Fireside), the Old Station Visitor Center and CDF in Johnson Park. NOTE: Campfires in the LZs (and outside all established campgrounds) will most likely be banned by the end of June due to fire danger.
REMEMBER, YOU ARE THE PILOT IN COMMAND AND SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE OF YOUR ABILITY AND HAVEN'T THOROUGHLY FAMILIARIZED YOURSELF WITH THE SITE BEFORE FLYING...DON'T FLY.
YOU FLY AT YOUR OWN RISK.