Lake Elsinore

Elsinore Mountains, Lake Elsinore

Updated: December 15, 2013

LOCATION:
Elsinore Mountains overlooking Lake Elsinore

MAP INFORMATION:
33.6384°N, 117.3874°W • Google Maps • topozone.com

FAVORABLE WINDS:
Launch Point 1 (2.9 miles from Ortega Hwy) works best in NE wind. Launch Point 2 (4 miles from Ortega Hwy) works best in ENE wind. Other places along ridgeline should be flyable in winds ranging from N to E. There are also some sites on the opposite side of the road with potential for good flying in SW winds.

WEATHER OBSERVATION LINKS:
ECSC1 El Cariso (MesoWest), Helipad near junction of Main Divide Rd. & Ortega Hwy.
SDLEL Lake Elsinore, (MesoWest), Lake level, NW end of the lake.
SDWDM Wildomar (MesoWest), Lake level, 4.8 mi. SE of the lake.

WEATHER FORECAST LINKS:
NOAA/NWS Local 7-Day ForecastNOAA/NWS Zone ForecastNOAA/NWS Area Discussion
National Weather Service Graphical Forecast Map

GENERAL NOTES:
Steep slope rises 1500+ feet in 1 mile. Monster lift in Santa Ana Wind conditions. Paved road going SE from Ortega Hwy follows ridgeline to several flying sites overlooking large bowls. Park and fly! Landing options range from poor to acceptable.

This is Cleveland National Forest land and a valid Daily or Annual National Forest Adventure Pass is required. The Ranger does check and he will write tickets

DRIVING DIRECTIONS:
Starting point: junction of Grand Avenue & the Ortega Hwy. (SR-74) in Lake Elsinore:

  • Go South (up the mountain) on SR-74 for 5.1 miles to South Main Divide Rd. and turn LEFT.

Alternate starting point: Junction of I-5 & the Ortega Hwy. (SR-74) in San Juan Capistrano:

  • Go East on SR-74 for 23.3 miles to South Main Divide Rd. and turn Right.

Continued from both starting points:

  • Go SW on South Main Divide Rd. aprox. 2.9 miles to Launch Point 1 and 4 miles to and Launch Point 2. These are only 2 of many possible flying sites along South Main Divide Rd.

GPS WAYPOINTS:
33.63824, -117.37576 • Junction of Grand Avenue and SR-74
33.50267, -117.65784 • Junction of I-5 and SR-74
33.65215, -117.40899 • Junction of SR-74 and South Main Divide Rd.
33.63839, -117.38738 • First of many possible flying sites.

All coordinates on this page are WGS84/NAD83 map datum.