- First, go to Stonyford
- Take I-5 north to Maxwell, about 40 minutes North of Sacramento
- Exit at the first Maxwell exit and then go west on the main road (At the first junction/split, Sites, turn right toward Lodoga.). At Lodoga, turn right and continue to Stonyford (total of 1/2 hr – 40 minutes driving time from Maxwell to Stonyford)
- When you arrive in Stonyford, turn left at the stop sign.
- From Stonyford to LZ, Launch and Campground – To the LZ
- Continue about 1/4 mile and then turn left on Fouts Spring Road (This is the 3rd left)- There are signs to Fouts Spring
- It is about 20 minutes on this road to the LZ. The road will wind up over the hills, then descend down to a valley. When you reach the valley continue and look on the right for the Fouts Spring Youth Facility.
- The LZ is the huge field in front of the vacant buildings on the right side of road. There is a dirt parking lot on the left side of the road for parking.
- To go to Dixie Glade Camp and launch from the LZ continue on the same road up the mountain.
- To CAMPING: Watch on the right for the sign for Dixie Glade campground (Where we normally camp), about five miles past the Youth Facility. Camping there is only $5.00 per site, there is an honorary envelope system just past the entrance. Coordinates for Dixie Glade 39°20’6.81″N and 122°42’13.09″W At present “2020”, Dixie Glade is closed from a huge fire a few years ago. If you continue on the road, about 20 – minutes up the road, you will come to Letts Lake and there is a campground there. If your GPS works, you can use the GPS: Lat – 39° 18′ 10.238399″, Long – 122° 42′ 27.6948”
- To LAUNCH: The road to launch is the first turn-off on the left after you pass Dixie Glade. Take this left and follow the main dirt road up until it “T”s into a road at the top of the ridge.
- Turn left and follow this until it makes a 90 degree right turn and becomes steep. There is a trail-head and room to park at this elbow. The Trail at this elbow goes to the Potato Launch. The hike is about 10 – 15 minutes and has not intersections, just stay on the trail.
- First, go to Stonyford
Potato Hill Flying Site – Basic Flight Plan
On flights where lift and thermals are encountered, a pilot can climb and have a little freedom from continuing towards the LZ. But, whenever a pilot starts to lose lift and begins descending again, the flight plan dictates to stay on the flight path. Once well up in a thermal, moving around a bit above the general area is fine. Once a pilot moves back down toward launch level, moving back to the primary path comes back into play..
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which used to be a detention center and is now closed.