There was more water than I've seen there before. Much of the lakebed looked wet. I inspected with several fly overs and rolling of tires, as well as watching the motorcycles in the area. Landing in the recommended location just southwest of the island, the ground was firm. After getting out I walked miles of the lakebed and found most of it to be firm. I would steer clear of any standing water, staying well away from it. I walked right up to the waters edge and while the ground was still firm right up until the waterline, there was noticeable tackiness and mud 30-50 feet before the water (likely from receding water). As always, use caution. I recommend a pass or two just to double check as we may get more rains soon.
Trenches across the runway. Unsafe to land.
IBEX is great, no standing water. Pulled the windsock down and took home for repair as the sock frame broke. Will repair and fly back out there to stand it back up. Was out there for the UBCP fly-in. Great event! Thanks for all those that out it on and Tyler for driving a grill down!
Went down to try and fill the holes on the west end of the runway. Got a little done. Could use a quick work party if 5-10 people to fill those better and smooth out a few other sections. East end soft as others have mentioned for smaller tires.
The strip is somewhat rough, 2 track atv/off-road trail. Did a low pass to check the winds and condition, scared a herd of deer so recommend a low pass (at any backcountry strip of course). Removed a big rock that was in the middle of the strip and a saw blade, and picked and tossed some smaller rocks too. walked the strip and it’s in decent shape, but rockier than a hidden splendor or something. Would recommend slightly bigger tires. 8.50 minimum. There were some campers nearby. Nice little spot for an overnight or a lunch break from StG. Uphill landing to the north, with a bit of rising terrain be aware. Did a downhill takeoff into lowering terrain.
Landed on the road to get boots on the strip. There are sections where a big tired cub would be okay, but the strip in general is pretty rough with a lot of hidden mounds, logs, rocks, that are not easily seen. The road is in spectacular shape though lol. I wonder if the county would consider grading this next time they grade the road. I would consider this airstrip closed to anything other than big tires. Also there was an Antelope heard near and cows.
Airstrip is a bit soft in some spots and trenches from wheels have formed. A rake and a few hours would flatten it out, and then the rains will settle it I think. Leaves are beautiful right now, probably soon on their way out. Also, the fire pit needs ashes buried. We should probably help make people aware that the should bury their ashes in this wilderness area.
Went out to check on the runway and parking area. A good dense rain will help everything to settle, but the runway is in good shape. I went out and scraped the arrow of the old paint in preparation for a weekend to get out there and paint it again. Windsock in great condition. The new parking area is amazing!
Went out with UBCP work party and drug the runways and improved the parking area by removing the berm in between the north south runway and the parking area. A good rain, and the runways will be in superb shape, currently in great shape.
Runways were firm and growth light. There were 5 of us that parked in the parking area and a 182 that also showed up after. The arrow needs to be painted again (next year). Runways are in Excellent condition still!
Light growth. Was mowed by the UBCP a month ago and the runways are hard packed and great! Arrow is shedding paint, planning on heading back to paint in a few weeks with UBCP permission.
Runways where hard packed and in good shape. I was surprised by how much growth there is. There was a fire pit right in the middle of the parking area which I removed. Could use a mower or spray to kill the growth out there.
Went down with the UBCP work crew. Took out some growing vegetation on the runway, leveled a few spots and channeled runoff further away from the runway. Airstrip is in great shape. What an approach! Use caution and check the winds. Read the above and definitely overfly to evaluate the approach if you’ve never been.
Airstrip still in great shape. Lots of visitors today, nice to meet new people. 11 planes on the ground from various groups. Noticed a few other fire ring campsites that could use some ashes being scattered or buried. A project for the next time.
Firm runway and in great condition. Cattle have been everywhere putting some prints in. Caterpillars not out yet. Some cattle approached runway during morning flight out but were scared off. Repaired the fire ring and buried ashes.
Just flew over, did not land. Windsock looked great. Runway had ice spots and looked mostly wet. Looks like spring will dry it out nicely. Sign was still there as well and in good shape.