Mount Sentinal Road Upgrades
The road to the top of Mount Sentinel is currently closed due to erosion, but plans are in the works for remediation. The road will be repaired in early Spring 2021 and re-open in time to celebrate the 50th year of free flight on Mount Sentinel!
The upper section of road accessing the top of Mt. Sentinel has washed out from water erosion and has been closed to all use. This closure eliminates drive up access for both hang gliding pilots and pilots with disabilities, and threatens the longevity of the sport in the Missoula Valley. Planned remediation on the eroded section of road will relocate the road to allow for proper slope and increased drainage, ensuring access to all pilots long into the future.
The club is also planning for clean-up of a large dirt pile in the primary landing zone. Recent construction of a softball field created a large debris pile that was placed on one end of the landing zone. This dirt pile is creating a physical and aeronautical hazard to pilots flying Mount Sentinel, and has caused an increase in ratings requirements to fly the site, therefore decreasing overall flight numbers and interest. Funding would allow for removal of the dirt pile, remediation of the affected area, and reinstatement of past rating requirements.
The Foundation for Free Flight has generously agreed to provide $10,000 in grant funding for the project. The University of Montana has pledged the remaining $6000, and Eli & Associates and Missoula Tree Preservation have graciously donated their efforts in project planning and tree removal. Thank you all for your part in making this project happen!