Hang Gliding in Chelan Butte Launch, Wenatchee, Washington USA

Premier thermal winds:
Long distance potential
Best flying season:
During Spring, Fall and Summer
Wenatchee is the largest city of Chelan County, located in North Central Washington and lies on the west side of the Columbia River. The city is also known as the Apple Capital of the world, due to the valley's many apple cultivations.

Chelan Butte Launch is located close to Chelan Lake, at about forty minutes away from Wenathee. This spot is known world wide for it’s premier thermal winds and the long distance potential. This is the location where National and International Hang Gliding World Cups take place.

The best flying season is during Spring, Fall and Summer where katabatic flow funnels come out of the Cascade Mountains and down to Lake Chelan. The launch site elevation is at 3300 ft/1005 m and the LZ elevation is at 600 ft/182 m. Chelan Butte is suitable for all skill levels hang gliders. However, during summer, the mid day thermals are suitable for experienced pilots only.

You will fly over Columbia River and Lake Chelan, where a big flat section of land with soft soil, provides with perfect landing conditions. The views from up there are magnificent and you can climb up to 1000 to 1500 ft/304 to 457 m per minute in a good day. Hang Gliders should be careful of dust devils on launch area.

How to Get to Destination

145mi/233km, 2hours and 23min
Head East on I-90 E and take exit 85 to WA-970 N towards Wenatchee. Turn left on WA-10/WA-970 and enter US-2 E/US-97 N and continue towards N Wenatchee Ave.
BY CAR FROM Wenatchee
39.2mi/63km, 43mins
From N Wenatchee Ave enter US-2 W/US-97 S ,turn left on US-2 E/US-97 N/Sunset Hwy and stay on US-97 N for 36.7mi.
Sea-Tac International Airport,
146mi/234km from Wenatchee Town

From downtown Seattle, not far from the airport, the King Street Train Station is a perfect way to get to Wenatchee. The station offers an enclosed waiting area, with restrooms, ATM and a ticket office. It is located at 303 South Jackson Street.


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