Bob and Jer at Elk Park

Jer/ and I take the beast into Elk Park, Colorado. This is a back country airstrip up in the hillside South of the Estes Park area. This is a really fun little grass strip to fly into but it requires some serious mountain flying technique. It 1,400 feet long at 7,900 feet MSL in a valley surrounded by mountains. Fun!

Update: The FAA now lists this airport as 34CD. The database says 1,800 feet long. However I don't think that last 400 feet is usable for takeoff. It is usable for landing but landing distance is not a limiter at this airfield. John and I measured this strip using both my feet and John's GPS and there is about 1,400 of usable, downhill, runway for takeoff. But the wind is often a tailwind making exit impossible. We almost had to spend the night there today waiting for the wind to become favorable for takeoff.

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  Looking East downhill. N7390K looks very pretty sitting next to the trees. A nice little spot to visit. Bob and N7390K at Elk Park, Colorado. Bob and N7390K at Elk Park, Colorado.

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  Jer/ at Elk Park, Colorado. A nice little place here. This is going to be seriously nice! About to take off. And it is a right turn out for departure! Grass in the wheels means that we have been having fun landing in the grass.

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