All Airstrip Reports
Landed upstream and took off downstream. There is a large rut in the middle of the rwy on the upstream end. It appears that the strip has had some maintenance, but be very careful of the rut on the upstream end. Plenty of room to go to the North of it and use this portion of the runway. Do a low pass to see for yourself...
Landed south and departed west/NW. Overall in good shape, looks like the summer rains have left a few depressions on both runways. Take care with a subtle rough spot about 3/4 of the ways on the N/S rwy. Seems like some of the turnarounds are more rocky than in years past so use caution and good soft field technique.
Rain damage to the runway and vegetation growth has been repaired. Small stones and surface dust still persist. Runway perimeter fence has been completed so livestock is no longer a runway hazard.
Landed northwest to south east with a couple survey passes before hand. In the middle by the windsock there in a decent size rut probably from water runoff or traffic on a dirt road that cuts across from the east to west there. North side seems to be a bit smoother and more straight. There are some tie down anchors near windsock. the boulder male trail and a couple other trails nearby which brings in a few hikers so exercise caution with traveling vehicles. A couple locals were very happy to see a plane there also.
Did a low pass on the Airstrip on Sep-4-2022, the surface appeared to be dry, significant washout on the north end of the strip, looks like the rain runs straight off the cliffs onto the north and middle of the strip. There was enough room between the impacted areas that I probably could have landed and taken off, but I didn't feel like pressing my luck. Multiple rafts tied up on the river at the take-out just downstream. Rock climbers also were in the area, they all looked puzzled as to why an aircraft was flying so low (probably not aware of the airstrip just a quarter mile up stream from them). Didn't get a close look at the windsock.
I've scoped this strip out in the past a few times and it always seemed too overgrown for my taste, today as I did a low pass I noticed a much nicer looking surface and quite a few tire tracks (of the airplane variety) it looked decent. So I came back around and landed, it was definitely one of the bumpier strips I've been on, but keeping the taxi speed up a little to keep the nose gear off made it an enjoyable experience. I'll have to come back and hike over to the arch when it's not so blasted hot. No windsock.
Definitely some weeds growing on the Runway and Parking area. Strip is in good condition, no problem for my medium sized tires, camped overnight, the stars were amazing.
I don't think I'll ever tire of flying into Hidden Splendor, such a fun approach/departure, everything is looking good as far as the Runway/Parking/Camping/Windsock. Hiked down to the Mine/Structures down stream, a bit warm for Labor day but still very enjoyable.
Runway had some ruts from OHVs doing donuts, but they were not bad, the rest of the runway was great, windsock is pretty beat up. Hot and high DA during my visit, was glad that wind favored downhill takeoff.
The previous reports are accurate and very helpful. Runway 15 slopes uphill and therefore the favored runway for landing. I would add that a swell exists at the touchdown area of runway 15 so plan the touchdown a couple hundred feet from the end of runway 15 and avoid the surprise bump. The airport is a worthy stop having an awesome view from the runway.