Mile Hi is rated as the most difficult strip in "Fly Idaho." I’m sure it has earned that ranking, but like the old Curtis Mathes TV commercial said, "it's darn well worth it." The grassy meadow at Mile Hi is just a beautiful sight. It’s green and smooth on the side of a mountain top with pine trees next to the landing area. The biggest concern to me was not the 540 foot length, nor the field elevation. It was the slope of the hillside. The first approach had me stopped well short of the top and I had to use a lot of power to taxi to the top. On the second approach I thought it better to land long and stop further up on the top. This strategy worked out well on the second flight. The King Katmai operated comfortably from Mile Hi using about half the length for landing and take off while carrying about 60 gallons of fuel and a lot of camp gear. It was incredibly relaxing just walking around and enjoying the scenery. A number of ground squirrels welcomed me by "chittering" away as I sat under a pine tree enjoying the peaceful mountain top view.

The King Katmai is on top of the world at Mile Hi. Where to next?

You had better be off the ground by that little pine tree on the right. The King Katmai was off in about half the distance. A word of caution: you cannot see the strip when beginning the take off roll. Be lined up right or you’re going to have a big problem.

I took a time out under some pine trees for little rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. The view was spectacular and the only thing that broke the quiet were a couple of ground squirrels “chittering” away at me. The King Katmai patiently waited for my return. It was a beautiful sight.