Is it plausible to fly out of Palm Springs in the summer, in a 172SP with three people, and make it over the mountains up into the central valley? Does anybody have any experience flying out of PSP, or have any suggested routes?
The central valley, not the central mountains. I was planning on heading up to the San Francisco Bay area. Banning pass seems like the best option if we have to stay down low... the only other option would be going around the east side of Big Bear... I'm just worried about it being like 115 degrees and having a really high density altitude.Which mountains? Sorry the central mountains don't ring a bell to me. What is your destination?
I have gone through the Banning pass and up to Twenty-nine Palms multiple times with 3 pax in a 172
This looks like the ideal route to me. V386 - V137. As long as we can make it up to 8,500 (which we should be able to) it will be all good.Yes. It is possible. Done it many times. You can climb towards Yucca Valley to head around Big Bear, then over to Palmdale and over the hills into the valley at 8,500. Or you can head through the Banning Pass, hug the mountains and go up through Cajon Pass, then on from there.