Cascade Paragliding Club

Dunes at Sand Lake

Clif Westin flying the dunes
Clif Westin flying the dunes (photo by Kate Eagle)

Eagle Dunes Site Guide (2016) Located at the northwestern corner of Sand Lake, below the southern side of Cape Lookout. You will need an OHV pass (check state parks website) and an orange flag on your vehicle if you plan on driving onto the beach at Sand Lake. If you plan on parking in the day use area parking lot and hiking or carpooling in to the dunes, you will only need a day use area parking lot and hiking or carpooling in to the dunes, you will only need a day use pass, available at the kiosk at the parking area.

From the day use parking lot, travel over the sand northwest to the beach access point. Once on the beach, travel north several hundred yards. The dunes here are covered in bushes,and are soarable in a west to WSW wind. A running launch parallel to the dunes works well. Soaring is good from the beginning of the dunes near the beach access point all the way to Cape Lookout, but beware of a strong venturi if there is any southern component to the wind, and avoid the area near Cape Lookout completely if there is any northern component due to rotor. Due to the nature of these dunes, you can bench up to the forest which is a gently slope behind the dunes. Potential for XC to Cape Kiwanda.

 

Steve Roti at the dunes
Steve Roti soaring the dunes at Sand Lake (photo by Ancil Nance)

Dunes at Sand Lake Site Guide (1995) This set of dunes and the ones at Cape Lookout State Park work well when the wind is strong from the west.

South of Sand Lake, near Tierra Del Mar, the dunes are more stable and turn into a cliff that runs all the way to Cape Kiwanda.