Idaho Airstrips - Cabin Creek
WARNING! The information presented about the Idaho Airstrips is not intended to replace flight instruction from a competent instructor for flying to or landing at any of the airstrips presented. DO NOT attempt to land at Cabin Creek until you have received instruction on the proper approach. This is a one-way airstrip with no chance of a go-around maneuver. Although much information is presented, it is not sufficient to cover all the hazards associated with these backcountry airstrips.
Name: Cabin Creek USFS
Elevation: 4,289 feet
Lat: N45-08.61 Long: W114-55.74
Length & width: 1,750 feet by 40 feet
Remarks: Go-around is NOT possible; this strip requires that the proper approach be made ... every time. An experienced instructor can show you various landmarks that can be used similar to a VASI. Arrival over certain points at the recommended altitude and the use of selected pine trees make the approach easy.
View of Cabin Creek to the north. There is a slight curve to the right from runway 2 to the approach end of runway 20. Land on runway 2, depart from runway 20. If the wind conditions do no allow this, wait until conditions improve.
Note: There are two pine trees on the ridge that can be used for proper positioning at the desired approach altitude for runway alignment.
View down Cabin Creek toward the south. Fly up the right side of the Creek (left side of the picture), make a left turn and fly back to the approach end of runway 20. This "figure 8" procedure places you on a right-traffic downwind for runway 2.
The turn around area at the end of runway 20 is visible here on the lower right side of the photo. The photo is taken facing toward the southwest.