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A Long Tradition of Flying at Black Mountain Park

Follow us for a day of hang gliding and paragliding at the Black Mountain Glider Port, a historic San Diego location that has been home to free-flight activities since the 1930s. Unpowered, foot-lunched gliders soar over Black Mountain Open Space offering a unique way to explore the park and commune with nature.

Black Mountain in Rancho Penasquitos is commonly referred to as Little Black to distinguish it from another Black Mountain in San Diego County that is commonly referred to as Big Black.

San Diego has a rich heritage of flight history that dates back to John Montgomery’s 1st glider flight in 1884. In the 1930’s re-interest in gliding was rekindled with Charles Lindbergh learning to glide off Mt Soledad and the cliffs of Torrey Pines with his wife Anne Lindbergh. Local school kids got very excited about gliding to be like Lindbergh and used Black Mountain as a proving ground for their wood shop class built full size gliders.

In the 1970’s Black Mountain once again became a popular location for Hang Gliding. This tradition continues today with Hang Gliding and Paragliding in the Black Mountain Open Space accessed from the Glider Point Trail and service road to the towers.

Produced by the San Diego Hang gliding and Paragliding Association (http://SDHGPA.com) and Friends of Rancho Penasquitos Preserve (http://penasquitos.org ) with support of the Black Mountain Open Space Parks Citizen Advisory Committee.

The Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the preservation, restoration, and management of the preserve and the adjacent open spaces and lands that once made up the old Peñasquito Rancho Spanish land grant. We support educational and recreational activities that foster an appreciation of the natural environment.

The San Diego Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, SDHGPA, is a hang gliding and paragliding club dedicated to the promotion and preservation of foot launched soaring (non motorized "free flight") in San Diego County. SDHGPA is a local chapter of the United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association, USHPA. SDHGPA’s guiding principle is that all foot launched pilots of hang gliders and paragliders alike share common goals and interests best served by a united effort to promote flying safety, education, and good community relations in San Diego County.

For more information about Los Peñasquitos Canyon explore

Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve


Hosted by
Steve Rohrbaugh, President, SDHGPA
     Carey Goldstein, Park Ranger
     Gary Fogel, Glider Historian

Production Assistance
Antonella Zampolli - SDHGPA
MIKE KELLY - Conservation Chair, FLPCP

Additional Footage
Steve Rohrbaugh , Bob Hammond, Mike Latour, Peter Jay Brown
70’s hang gliding film produced by Peter Brown and pilot Lee Hector

Produced, filmed and edited by
Jim Karnik Films
Filmed with a Canon 7D DSLR System

Funding for this web series was provided by
Friends of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve

 Copyright 2010 Jim Karnik Films