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Elko-Salt Lake Section

Sectional aeronautical charts:

SECTION MAP NAME GPS PID County, State
18_61A /64 SF-SL Lake Point 40.704553,-112.253627 LP0424  
18_60 SF-SL Grantsville Airport Beacon 40.658171, -112.458505 LP0434  
18_59 SF-SL Poverty Point 40.750015, -112.648235 LP0482  
18_588 SF-SL Delle blinker 40.763083, -112.778467    
18_59B / 62 SF-SL Tooele DOCILF 40.658171, -112.458505    
18_57 SF-SL Low 40.826505, -112.905742 LP0496  
18_56 SF-SL Knolls DOCILF 40.726996, -113.174050 LP0511  
18_55 SF-SL Barro 40.727203, -113.469121 LP0515  
18_53 SF-SL Salduro 40.733621, -113.754950 LP0579  
Wendover USAF Bcn 40.752796, -114.019823 LQ0586  
18_52 SF-SL Wendover DOCILF 40.718694, -114.030889    
18_52 SF-SL Wendover 40.729371, -114.032394 LQ0597  
Wendover Tower 40.727897, -114.037806    
18_51 SF-SL Wendover 40.739942, -114.099722 LQ0601  
18_501 SF-SL Hardy Creek 40.881409, -114.397957 LQ0629  
18_50 SF-SL Silver Zone Pass 40.927868, -114.294452 LQ0620  
18_49B SF-SL Shafter DOCILF 40.851696, -114.440217 LQ0626  
18_49A SF-SL Little Lake Pass 40.829239, -114.579719    
18_48 SF-SL Pequop Summit 41.080882, -114.558799 MT0752  
18_48 SF-SL Ventosa / Tobar DOCILF 40.857931, -114.804965 LQ0676  
18_46B / 46 SF-SL Wells DOCILF 41.091667, -114.967778    
18_46B SF-SL Wells Airport 41.114654, -114.927391 MT0765  
18_45 SF-SL Welcome 41.102691, -115.090430 MT0818

 

18_44 SF-SL Herder Creek 41.120872, -115.243186 MT0819  
18_43 SF-SL Halleck DOCILF 40.950755, -115.452839    
18_42 SF-SL Osino 40.886771, -115.718973 LQ0737  
Elko Regional Airport 40.823741, -115.791495    

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Reno-Elko Section

Sectional aeronautical charts:

SECTION MAP NAME GPS PID County, State
Buffalo Valley 26A SF-SL
Elko Regional Airport 40.823741, -115.791495    
18_42 SF-SL Elko Air Mail Field DOCILF 40.828789, -115.780015    
18_40 SF-SL Grindstone 40.729770, -115.983957 LQ0749  
18_39 SF-SL Palisade 40.652859, -116.274250 LR0894  
18_37B SF-SL Dunphy 40.708138, -116.524278 LR0912  
18_37A SF-SL Beowawe DOCILF 40.596078, -116.507777 LR0914  
36 18_SF-SL Mule Canyon 40.562998, -116.695748 LR0915  
18_36 SF-SL Stony Point 40.662805, -116.756111 LR0921  
18_35 SF-SL Lander /Battle Mt 40.608824, -116.873958 LR0923  
18_35 SF-SL  1st location Battle Mt DOCILF 40.640332, -116.942334 LR0932  
18_34 SF-SL      
18_33 SF-SL      
18_32 SF-SL Needle Peak 40.315598, -117.506403 LR0843  
18_32 SF-SL Buffalo Valley DOCILF 40.345195, -117.347534 LR0841  
18_31 SF-SL Pleasant Valley DOCILF 40.323067, -117.665876    
18_303 SF-SL Polkinghorne Spring 40.228792, -117.741354    
18_30 SF-SL McKinney Pass 40.205948, -117.804526 LR0848  
18_28B SF-SL Humboldt / Rochester DOCILF 40.085644, -118.156961    
18_28A SF-SL Humboldt 40.075377, -118.181521 LS0572  
18_253 SF-SL Carson Sink 39.850545, -118.684345 KR1538  
18_24 SF-SL Parran DOCILF 39.813277, -118.856889    
18_24 SF-SL Parran 39.813248, -118.856883 KR1556  
18_23 SF-SL Soda Lake 39.747276, -118.936254 KR1547  
18_22 SF-SL Fernley DOCILF 39.620278, -119.196667  

 

18_216 SF-SL 39.608273, -119.289947    
18_212 SF-SL blinker remains 39.598522, -119.370098    
18_212 SF-SL blinker location 39.597231, -119.370118    
18_20 SF-SL Tracy Clark 39.578623, -119.490192    
18_20 SF-SL Derby Dam 39.580850, -119.487350 KR1596  
blinker      
18_19 SF-SL Vista 39.530633, -119.656117 KR1752  
18_19 SF-SL Vista alt 39.530907, -119.655633 KR1753  
Reno      

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Alternate Reno-Elko Route Discontinued November 1930

Sectional aeronautical charts:

SECTION MAP NAME GPS PID County, State
 
18_37 SF-SL Mote 40.740119, -117.063519    
18_36B SF-SL Stonehouse 40.846553, -117.193631    
18_36A SF-SL Pumpernickle / Iron Point DOCILF 40.909402, -117.285699    
18_35 SF-SL Golconda / Preble 40.925068, -117.398107    
18_34 SF-SL Elgon Cluster Blinker 41.007369, -117.592923    
18_33 SF-SL Winnamucca Airport 40.904677, -117.801225 LR0877  
18_32A SF-SL Winnemucca DOCILF 40.896611, -117.805889    
18_31 SF-SL Mill City 40.757958, -118.022663    
18_304 SF-SL Humboldt Cluster Blinker      
18_30 SF-SL Imlay DOCILF      
18_29 SF-SL Valery      
18_27 SF-SL Coal Canyon 40.295988, -118.351783    
18_26A  SF-SL Lovelock / Derby Field DOCILF 40.069792, -118.570921 LS0603  
18_25 SF-SL Miriam      
18_24 SF-SL Huxley Field      
18_239 SF-SL Cinnabar Hill Blinker      
18_234 SF-SL Desert Peak      
18_23 SF-SL Eagle Salt Works      
Reno-Tahoe Airport 39.495349, -119.770799    
Hubbard Field DOCILF 39.495349, -119.770799 KR1725  
Reno Air Mail Field/ Blanchfield Field DOCILF 39.499393, -119.814346    

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ELKO TO RENO
No. 169 Route Information Series
June 1, 1924

(The Air Mail Route)

Do not trust compass account variations. Check on section lines or railroad directions. In stormy weather or with a poor motor follow closely the Southern Pacific Railroad all the way (300 miles). In case of lost directions in this desert country always get to the railroad as soon as possible or once lost there are great stretches of untenanted lands with no communications. Elko lies in a narrow valley (northeast to southwest) with the Southern Pacific Railroad, the Western Pacific Railroad, and the Humboldt River (very crooked, bordered by meadows and willows) traversing its bottom.
Mileage Compass course, 248°. Magnetic declination, 18° east
0 Leaving the air mail field follow the valley course 240 to
9 the southwest to where the range to the north closes» the valley to a narrow canyon. Passing over a large ranch with buildings both sides of the river there is a long 5,000-foot meadow at the foot of the mountains to the south just west of the south fork of the Humboldt which enters the valley from a canyon to the south. Here the river and railroad enter a narrow canyon through a tunnel and then swing west out into a small valley closely surrounded by mountains. Cross the point of the mountains
10 7,000 feet to the north and follow the railroad due west
20 to Carlin in the center of the valley. The railroad and
28 river now run southwest again. Follow them to where
30 they enter a wide rolling range through a tunnel. Keep up 7,500 feet elevation swinging due west crossing the range. The railroad at Palisades swings due west to Beowawe. Keeping it just to the left follow to Beowawe.
40 Here the railroad and river turn north 20 miles and then west to Battle Mountain. There is a long narrow (semi horseshoe shaped field) 1 mile north of Beowawe (bordered by trees on the west). Gas and oil from Elko. Cross the railroad here. Continue due west over the point of a range in a low place near its north point.
55 The railroad runs around this point. The range to the left and southwest rises to 9,000 feet elevation. Here pick up course 248 which is continuous to Reno. With the range on the left head out over a wide sage brush
75 plain which extends to the south, southwest, and north-west. Cross (Nevada Central Railroad from Battle Mountain 20 miles to the north south to Austin. There is a good (slightly rough) field (and old race track) at the southwest edge of the city of Battle Mountain. The railroads and river here run northwest in a wide valley to Winnemucca. Here the Western Pacific Railroad continues west, the Southern Pacific Railroad and the river turn south and southwest for 100 miles and then the Southern Pacific Railroad west to Reno. Follow the Southern Pacific in stormy weather all the way (making the trip from Elko to Reno 300 miles).
100 Crossing the Nevada Central to the southwest, Mount Tobin, a sharp 10,000-foot peak, marks the course just to the south of it. Cross the south side of a large alkali flat to its southwest corner. Cross the south point of the range Mount Tobin is in. Then cross a narrow valley.
115 There is a fair field at the south end in the very bottom of this valley but it is far better to get as far out of this section in case of motor trouble as it is 65 miles to the nearest town.
120 With Granite Mountain just to the right cross the next range. Cross an alkali flat.
125 This is the north-east end of the Carson Sink, a wide sand flat extending to the southwest. Its north side is formed by a narrow range of mountains. Follow this range to its end in the northwest corner of the sink.
175 Here cross the Southern Pacific Railroad from the north just north of Parran a small railroad station in the flat at its west edge. The sand to the east of the railroad and telephone line for a mile in all directions forms an excellent landing field. Be careful turning on the sand or a wheel will cramp and bog down as the sand is soft. Gas and oil from Lovelocks 20 miles north.
180 Cross a low range of mountains which forms the west edge of the sink. Here an old railroad grade used as an auto road from Lovelocks to Reno runs southwest through several alkali flats. Cross this to the south point of Black Hawk Mountain 7,500 feet elevation. The old railroad grade around the point of this mountain runs west to Wadsworth in the center f a wide valley from the east and to the north. A branch railroad runs north from here along the west side of the Truckee River to and passing Winnemucca and Pyramid Lakes 20 miles north.
195 At Wadsworth the Southern Pacific railroad alongside and up the Truckee River runs southwest in a narrow valley which narrows to a canyon. Following this closely cross a wide rolling range of mountains. This is the east edge of the Sierra Nevada’s so be sure not to lose the railroad or the city of Reno will be hard to locate. Once into the canyon the railroad makes a sharp turn to the north and then southwest around the foot of a mountain. It then widens a little with a few narrow fields along the river. Two of these are long enough to land in but very dangerous account of the severe winds.
215 Keep up out this canyon. From here mountain Rose 11,400 feet elevation shows plainly to the west and a little south. Lake Tahoe lies at its southwest slope. The canyon now narrows again and the railroad swings west and then a little north of west around the point of the mountains from the north. Cross this point out over the Reno Valley. This is a small nearly round valley closely surrounded by mountains the higher ones to the west. It is at the very foot of the northeast
229 slope of Mount Rose. Follow the railroad passing over Sparks (roundhouse) and then west 4 miles to Reno. The air mail field lies 1 ½ miles south and 1 mile west of the center of the city. This field is not possible for
  235 ships that require a long runway as the east and west runway is only 1,200 feet long (see Aeronautical Bulletin, State Series, No. 25). There are a number of longer fields in the valley which are good in dry weather but not during the winter and spring. There is a large dry lake 15 miles north of Reno that makes an excellent landing field in dry weather when there is no water there (see Aeronautical Bulletin, State Series, No. 210).
  Description April 1, 1924, by Rexford B. Levisee, pilot, air mail service.
 

RENO TO ELKO

(The Air Mail Route)

   
Do not trust compass account variations. Check course on section and railroad lines. In stormy foggy weather or with poor motor follow closely the Southern Pacific Railroad. Reno lies at the very foot of the northeast slope of Mount Rose (elevation 11,400 feet) in a small valley closely surrounded by mountains. This is the east edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains the Southern Pacific Railroad must be followed or it is very easy to get off the course. There are a number of fields in the valley which are good in the summer but not in wet weather. Throughout the State the slopes at the foot of the mountains between the gullies even in the sagebrush make the best landing spots always landing up the slopes.
Mileage Compass course, 68°. Magnetic declination, 18° east
  0 Leaving the air mail field 1 ½ miles south and 1 mile west of the center of the city climb to 7,000 feet at the east edge. Head due east along the Southern Pacific Rail road
  4 and Truckee River to Sparks (roundhouse). Follow the railroad to the mountains where it enters a narrow
  12 canyon. Cross the point of the mountains from the 14 north. The canyon once into the mountains swings to the northeast. Follow its general direction, which is the course 52° for 100 miles. Keep up out of the canyon, as there are severe whirlwinds here on any windy day.
  16 Down in the bottom there are two narrow fields possible to land in but very dangerous. Seven miles farther on after a swing around the foot of a mountain the canyon
  23 widens a little. Here the Southern Pacific Railroad swings to the east following the foot of the mountains to the south or right hand. Seven miles farther the can- yon widens to a wide valley extending to the north and
  30 east. The town of Wadsworth lies in the center of the valley. The Southern Pacific Railroad continues to the east and a branch railroad runs to the north and west along the Truckee River which empties into Winnemucca and Pyramid Lakes 20 miles north. With the Southern Pacific Railroad bearing to the east keep straight ahead
  40 to the south point of Black Hawk Mountain, elevation 7,500 feet. Here an old railroad grade runs northeast through several alkali flats and then bears east to the railroad line. Cross this grade, which is now used as an auto road to Lovelocks. The Southern Pacific Rail- road east from Wadsworth through Fernley runs out onto the Carson Sink at Hazen. Here a branch line runs east to Fallon and another southeast passing Walker Lake. The main line of the Southern Pacific swings to the north and a little east up the west edge of the sink. This is a great wide flat sand plain extending miles to the northeast, east and southeast.
  50 Cross a low rolling range of foothills out over the sink. Cross the railroad course 52 a little north of Parran a small railroad station in the flat. The sand for a mile to the east of the railroad and telephone line at the station forms an excellent landing field. Be careful turning on the sand as it is soft and a wheel will sink if wedged. Gas and oil to be had at Lovelocks 20 miles north. Crossing
  60 the railroad follow the north edge of the sink. The edge is formed by a narrow range of mountains extending to the northeast. (In storms keep north of this range following the railroad making th'e distance from Reno to Elko over 300 miles.) Continue to the north
  100 east corner of the sink. Now cross an alkali flat which extends miles to the north in a narrow valley between
  110 two high ranges. With Granite Mountain (8,500 feet elevation) just to the left cross a range in a low place (7,000 feet). Then with Mount Tobin (a very sharp 10,000 feet peak which marks plainly the course just south of it) to the left swing around the point of the
  120 range it is in. Continue straight ahead across a wide flat. This takes course along the south edge of a wide alkali flat across a low range of foothills. Here a sage-
  150 brush plain extends far to the south and northeast.
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  160 Cross the Nevada Central Railroad (from Battle Mountain south to Austin). There is a good (slightly rough) field an old race track at the southwest edge of the city Battle Mountain. Here the Southern Pacific and Western Pacific Railroads and the Humboldt River from the northwest (Winnemucca) turn due east. The course is 20 miles south of Battle Mountain. Crossing the railroad there is a high (9,000 feet) range to the right and southeast. It lowers and the end extends across the course.
  180 Cross this range in a low place (7,000 feet) near its north point. The railroad turns around this point south to Beowawe and then east. Cross to the north side of the railroad and river at Beowawe. There is a good (semi horseshoe-shaped, bounded by trees on its west side) field 1 mile north of Beowawe. Gas and oil from
  190 Elko. Crossing the railroad the course is over a wide rolling range of mountains so keep the railroad and river on the right in plain sight. Keep up out of this canyon on account of severe winds. This changes the course at Beowawe to due east and then northeast again. The railroad and river wind through a narrow canyon east to
  200 Palisades (tunnels) and then northeast. Following this canyon it widens into a small valley surrounded on all
  215 sides by mountains with the city of Carlin in its center. Pass over Carlin turning due east again. The railroad and river enter a narrow canyon again (tunnel) to the
  225 southeast and then swing northeast again. Cross the point of the range to the north. The railroad and river here are in the bottom of a narrow valley widening to the
  227 northeast. Directly over the river pass over a small rail-road station and a large ranch building north and south of the river. Up against the very foot of the mountains to the south there is a long (5,000 feet) meadow (excellent landing field) with the south fork of the Humboldt River from a canyon to the south just east of it. Follow up the river and valley to the northeast to Elko. The air
  235 mail field lies alongside the railroad at the west edge of the city. This is a two-way field (2,000 feet) runway. (See Aeronautical Bulletin, State Series, No. 31). For large ships or heavily loaded ships, there is an emergency field 10 miles west of Elko and about 1 mile south of the Western Pacific Railroad at a point marked "Hunter." This field was used by Lieutenants Whiteley and Smith with a Martin bomber of the Army Air Service in November, 1923. (See Aeronautical Bulletin, State Series, No. 206.) The best policy for forced landings along this course is to take to the sagebrush on the slopes at the foot of the mountains. Landing up hill between the gullies unless able to pick a field with no ditches in it.
  Description April 5,1924, by Rexford B. Levisee, pilot, air mail service.

 

San Francisco-Reno Section

Sectional aeronautical charts:

SECTION MAP NAME GPS PID County, State
Reno-Tahoe Airport 39.495349, -119.770799    
Hubbard Field DOCILF 39.495349, -119.770799 KR1725  
Reno Air Mail Field/ Blanchfield Field DOCILF 39.499393, -119.814346    
Blanchfield Historical Marker

39.498133, -119.812752

   
18-18 SF-SL Mogul 39.510018, -119.922404    
18 SF-SL Reno 39.490000, -119.964888 KR1732  
18_17 SF-SL Boca 39.472643, -120.039675 KS1392  
18_16B SF-SL Truckee DOCILF 39.352782, -120.130544    
Truckee Tahoe Airport SF-SL 39.318931, -120.145126    
18_15 SF-SL Donner Summit / Norden 39.321803, -120.336218 KS1455  
18_14B SF-SL Troy 39.310908, -120.465699    
18_14A SF-SL Cisco Grove 39.308504, -120.562389 KS1461  
18_13 SF-SL Blue Canyon DOCILF 39.275927, -120.708907    
18_11B SF-SL Colfax 39.104856, -120.956793 KS1479  
18_11A SF-SL Auburn 38.992071, -121.056266 JS4077  
18_10 SF-SL Auburn DOCILF 38.948340, -121.074737    
18_10 SF-SL Auburn Airport 38.953229, -121.074541    
18_09 SF-SL Newcastle /Penryn 38.872310, -121.172809 JS4087  
18_08 SF-SL Roseville 38.751988, -121.303315 JS4151  
Mather Field SF-SL 38.556919, -121.298273    
18_05 SF-SL Clarksburg 38.386281, -121.615920 JS4291  
18_04 SF-SL Rio Vista 38.259541, -121.737636 JS4319  
18_03 SF-SL Birds Landing

38.116924, -121.864601

JS4398  
18_02A SF-SL Concord DOCILF 37.968889, -121.994722  

 

SD SF-SL Mt. Diablo 37.881691, -121.914020    
18_02B SF-SL Vine Hill 38.030134, -122.001943 JT2093  
18_01B SF-SL Acalanes Ridge 37.902652, -122.078105    
18_1A SF-SL Oakland 37.787462, -122.145042 HT2511  
Oakland International Airport 37.720150, -122.221016    
Oakland Airport Beacon 37.730416, -122.211136    
Oakland Airport-Durant Field 37.747129, -122.197583    
Mills Field / San Francisco International Airport 37.615856, -122.386136    

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Reno To San Francisco
No. 170 Route Information Series
June 1, 1924

(The Air Mail Route)

Mileage

Compass course, 210° 30'. Magnetic declination, 19° east

0 Whenever possible, a take-off at the Reno Air Mail Field should be made downhill or toward the east. Taking off in this direction, swing back over Reno and follow the Truckee River and the railroad up the canyon between
10 Mount Rose on the left and Peavine Mountain on the right. At Verdi, a small lumbering town, make a left turn and continue up the canyon and cross over the range to the Truckee Valley. Lake Tahoe (largest lake in the vicinity) will now be seen to the left and Truckee, marked
30 by the train sheds and round houses will be on the right. Continuing the course, you will cross over the first ridge of the "hump" at a minimum altitude of 10,000 feet. This country is exceedingly rugged and absolutely devoid of landing fields. Fifteen minutes after crossing the
45 "hump" a large mountain (Snow Slide) will be seen on the right. The southeast side of this mountain is an immense slide of loose rock for some 5,000 feet ending in a small valley (Hell Hole), which is the source of the American River. Continuing course, 10 minutes from
60 Snow Slide is a flat (Last Chance) covered with manzanita bush, which is very thick and about 15 feet high in which landing may be made in great emergency. Continuing course, 10 minutes from Last Chance on the left-hand
80 side, about 3 miles away will be seen Placerville, the first good-sized town, with large lumber mills to the east. Continue course, passing over Folsom, which is marked
95 by the prison buildings to the north of town on the American River. Folsom is the half-way mark between Reno and San Francisco. Passing over the piles of loose rock thrown up by the gold dredges to the south of Folsom,
105 proceed on course, passing over Mather Field (Army Air Service) and keeping about 10 miles southeast of Sacramento (State capital). Country is now level and open and composed mostly of irrigated fields and sheep ranches.
125 The Sacramento River is then crossed at sharp turn where two tall steel towers (painted black) lift the high-tension electric-power cables across the river. Continue course,
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crossing north and south irrigation ditch at about 30° and keep to the left of large irrigation reservoir directly ahead. A few minutes after passing reservoir cross a tributary of the Sacramento River at a point where two creeks crossing
140 line of flight at right angles join each other. Suisun Bay is now directly ahead, and Mount Diablo at about "11 o'clock." Cross white cement road at right angles, and then cross electric railroad at 45°. The Sacramento River now swings in from the left and enters Suisun Bay about on the line of flight. Mount Diablo (4,000 feet) is now directly to the left and Martinez may be seen directly ahead on the south shore of Suisun Bay at the foot of the
165 Berkeley Hills marked by the many oil tanks and refineries, county capital building, and high white smokestack. Proceeding directly across the Berkeley Hills, bisect long narrow lake (Lake Orinda) and continue on over Berkeley. To the right may be seen Point Richmond, where several emergency fields are available.
180 Continuing course, you are now over San Francisco Bay, with the Golden Gate directly before you. Heading the plane half way between Alcatraz Island (island with large white prison on it) and the San Francisco shore line,
190 Crissy Field now may be seen to the left and just inside of the Golden Gate, distinguished by the many Government hangars. Crissy Field is a two-way field with prevailing winds from the west. Because of the hills to the west side of the field, it is advisable to always land toward the west unless a good wind is blowing when the field may be approached from the west. On approaching Crissy Field on a foggy day always try to get below the fog and pick up the shore line of San Francisco, which is easily followed around toward the Golden Gate to either the Marina (Municipal Field) or to Crissy Field. (See Aero- nautical Bulletin, State Series, No. 12.)

SAN FRANCISCO TO RENO

(The Air Mail Route)

Mileage Compass course, 31°. Magnetic declination, 18° east
0 On leaving Crissy Field fly slightly north of parallel of the shore line, passing between Alcatraz Island (island with large white prison) and the shore line, heading slightly
10 to the left of the Campanile (tall white tower) of the University of California across the bay in Berkeley. On reaching the Berkeley shore line Oakland lies 5 miles to the right and several good emergency fields may be seen to the left on Point Richmond. Keeping the Campanile on the right-hand side, proceed directly across the Berkeley Hills at minimum altitude of 2,000 feet. In the first valley lies a long, narrow lake (Lake Orinda), which is bisected by the course. The course across the Berkeley Hills is about 10 miles long, but several good-looking fields lie in the valleys. However, care should be taken if they are used to look out for high-tension power lines and cattle.
25 Fifteen minutes from San Francisco (calm time) you pass over the hills and over the town of Martinez (marked by county capital building, numerous oil tanks and refineries, and high white smoke-stack). Suisun Bay now lies slightly to the left, and Benicia, across the straits, is marked by the railroad ferry slip and Government arsenal. Proceeding along the Martinez shore line of Suisun Bay numerous open fields will be seen to the right. Mount Diablo (altitude 4,000 feet) is now 15 miles directly to the right, and Suisun Bay narrows off into the Sacramento River, which runs in an easterly direction from Suisun Bay. On the northeast end of Suisun Bay are several very large grain fields, but care should be taken to look out for irrigation ditches and cattle during the winter months.
35 Proceed along course, keeping large mound to the left, and cross electric railroad tracks at about 45°, and then cross white cement road at right angles. Continue course and,
50 cross small creek at right angles. Country is now level and open and composed mostly of irrigated fields and sheep ranches. Sacramento should now be seen at "11 o'clock." Continue course, crossing long, straight irrigation ditch at about 65 30°. Cross Sacramento River at large S turn and proceed, keeping large red tile buildings and race track (fair-grounds) to the left. On the same road (lower Stockton
75 road) as the fairgrounds and directly on the course is the Sierra Flying Field (commercial). If the railroad is to be followed across the mountains swing slightly to the left (north) and cross the American River by bisecting the right angle it makes about 5 miles east of Sacramento.
85 Mather Field can now be seen about 3 miles to the right, and the straight stretch of railroad from Sacramento
95 crosses the plane's path about 5 miles ahead at the town of Roseville, marked by its large train sheds and round- houses. Roseville is the halfway mark. One mile south of town, on the main highway, is a small commercial field. Continuing course, railroad winds back and forth through
105 the foothills, swinging first to the left-hand side of course, then to the right-hand side, and then back to the course again at Auburn, recognized by the county capital building and one-half mile race track on west side of town. Northwest of Auburn are several clearings in which an emergency field might be found. Auburn is approximately 10 minutes calm time from Roseville, and the minimum altitude should be at least 2,000 feet.
120 Continuing course, railroad swings very slightly to the left, and about 15 miles ahead may be seen Colfax, distinguished by the roundhouse just south of the station. Minimum altitude should be 4,000 feet. Outside of Colfax the railroad winds back and forth considerably as it
130 gains altitude. The worst country is now encountered, as it is mountainous and heavily wooded. Continuing course, keep bare stretches of rock (where gold diggers have washed away ground with high-pressure hydraulic systems) and small water reservoir on top of hill to the
140 left. Ten minutes from Colfax (minimum altitude 8,000 feet) Bear Valley will be on the left, where a landing might possibly be made. Swinging slightly to the right (northeast) the railroad now winds its way through a canyon directly over the "hump." Continuing course, 15 minutes from Bear Valley you will be directly over the "hump," with the Truckee Basin and Donner Lake
160 directly ahead. Truckee is recognized by the round-houses and train sheds, and 5 miles to the north at the intersection of the wagon road and railroad is an emergency field marked with a white T. Directly to the right may be seen Lake Tahoe (largest lake in the vicinity). At " 1 o'clock" is Mount Rose (elevation 13,000 feet), and at "11 o'clock" is Crystal Peak (elevation 9,000 feet). Following the Truckee River and the railroad between
180 these two mountains you come to Verdi, a small lumbering town, and make a right-hand turn into the Washoe Valley. Directly ahead may now be seen Reno, and 2 miles south of Reno is the air mail field, with a large white hangar on the north edge of the field (altitude 4,500 feet). The
190 field is rather small and rough and slopes slightly to the east, so all landings should be made on the runways and, whenever possible, to the west. (See Aeronautical Bulletin, State Series, No. 25.) For large or heavily loaded planes use the dry lake bed, about 17 miles northwest of Reno in a valley near the concrete road from Reno. (See Aeronautical Bulletin, State Series, No. 210.)
Reported April 1,1924, by Harry W. Huking, air mail pilot.
 

Arrows and Beacons may be on private property, DO NOT TRESSPASS!
This is a work in progress and will be constantly updated as new information is found.
Beacons arrraged the same as airway map.
DOCILF= Department of Commerce Intermediate Landing Field

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