Cold Meadows gets most of its use in the fall by big game hunters. Fishermen willing to brave the 4 or 5 hour hike to Black Lake likely will be rewarded with very large cutthroat trout. No camping amenities at the airstrip.
Airstrips have basic navigational aids such as windsocks and runway markers and some limited user facilities. Typically located in remote settings but may be accessed by low-standard road.
Stuck 'N Stay Emergency Accommodations
Airstrip Manager:KRASSEL DISTRICT RAN US
District Director:Dave Irvin
Observation Date: August 3, 2023
I landed at Cold Meadows on August 3, 2023 at around 7 AM, in a stock C-182. The runway is good, suitable for 600-6 tires. Both windsocks are good. The runway has a significant slope. Land uphill to the north. Takeoff downhill to the south. The runway has several rainwater diverters in the north third. See photos. During your initial takeoff acceleration, the diverters act like little ramps that launch the plane into the air before rotate speed is achieved. It’s quite entertaining for the passengers as you make a few frog leaps down the runway before takeoff. An interesting note: the US postal system delivers and picks up mail once a week.
Observation Date: October 19, 2022
Landed to camp and hike around. Lots of coyote calls at night near airstrip. Cranes and squirrels galore. Very cold (20 degrees) in the morning.