Torrey Pines Gliderport – A Historic Coastal Landmark

 Torrey Pines Gliderport
A Historic San Diego Coastal Landmark and Attraction

Soar from the cliffs of La Jolla Torrey Pines and float over 400 feet in the sky about beautiful cliffs and Black’s Beach on the Pacific Ocean . The Torrey Pines Glider Port provides some spectacular views 350 feet above Blacks Beach and the San Diego coastline.

A paraglider sails over the cliffs at Torrey Pines and Blacks Beach

A paraglider sails over the cliffs at Torrey Pines and Blacks Beach

 

Paragliding lessons (three to four days) cost around USD495 and hangliding lessons cost USD125 per hour. The fastest way to experience flight is to go tandem with an instructor for a 20-minute ground school followed by a 25-minute in-air flight, which costs USD150 per person. Reservations are required for lessons, none accepted for tandem flights, just call for weather conditions before coming.

A paraglider takes off from the Torrey Pines Gliderport

A paraglider takes off from the Torrey Pines Gliderport

The historic Torrey Pines Gliderport has been listed as a National Soaring Landmark by the National Soaring Museum, a San Diego City Historical Site, and is listed on the California Register and National Registers of Historic Places. It is the only gliderport adjacent to west coast of America that supports four different forms of motorless aviation; hang gliders, paragliders, radio-controlled model sailplanes and full-scale sailplanes. The cliffs along Torrey Pines have been used for soaring since at least 1930 and many famous aviators have earned their wings training at the gliderport. During World War II, the gliderport was used as part of Camp Callan for the training of U.S. Army cadets. After the war, sailplanes returned and have flown continuously at the location since 1946. Several national and international soaring records have been set at the site over the years.

The Executive Council of the Torrey Pines Gliderport Historical Society is known as the Torrey Pines Soaring Council. This Council is a collection of members from the various glider clubs that use this historic gliderport and has helped coordinate issues between the users and property owners of the site since 1978. Members on the Council represent the Torrey Pines Radio Controlled Soaring Society, Inc., San Diego Hang Glider and Paraglider Association, Associated Glider Clubs of Southern California, United States Hang Glider Association, the Soaring Society of America, Academy of Model Aeronautics, and the Torrey Pines Scale Soaring Society.

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is located at 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive La Jolla Ca., 92037

The Torrey Pines Gliderport is located at 2800 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive La Jolla Ca., 92037

Torrey Pines Gliderport
2800 Torrey Pines Scenic D
La Jolla, CA 92037
info@flytorrey.com
Open Hours:Daily 9AM-7PM
Call for reservations for classes
1-858-452-9858 / Toll Free 1-877-359-8326
Website: http://www.flytorrey.com

Torrey Pines Gliderport Videos
Paraglider at Torrey Pines Gliderport #1

Hanglider soars above the Torrey Pines cliffs

Paraglider at Torrey Pines Gliderport #2

A pilot gets ready to take his dog up in the air for a ride.

A pilot gets ready to take his dog up in the air for a ride.

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