Each month we highlight an airstrip with hopes that you will get out and enjoy these special places. This month’s Featured Airstrip is Las Trancas in California.

“It’s hard to put into words how beautiful Las Trancas airstrip is,” RAF President Bill McGlynn says. The strip north of Monterey Bay provides pilots an opportunity to enjoy spectacular Pacific coastal scenery and easy beach access. The 800-foot strip, 17CL lies just 125 feet above the beach. Camping is permitted on the field and a trail takes you down the cliff to the privately owned seashore where you are allowed to camp as well. 

Owner Big Creek Lumber Company signed a lease with the RAF to preserve this spectacular destination for public use.

Sustainable forestry pioneer Bud McCrary created the strip from which to fly his 1964 Skylane to survey his family’s vast timber holdings and spot fires in the region. RAF Director Tim Riley and local pilots knew the airstrip and Bud, and began earnest discussions about the future of the property before Bud passed. “Without the RAF’s agreement with the McCrary family, this airstrip would have disappeared over time,” Riley said. McGlynn added, “We can’t thank the McCrary family enough for this personal commitment to preserving this airfield and its history for the future.”

More information and the required safety briefing is available on the Airfield Guide.

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  1. Terry Cross on January 24, 2022 at 10:37 am

    A huge Thank You to the McCrary family, RAF, and everyone who made this possible. This strip is a real treasure. It’s quite demanding so, as the briefing suggests, it’s important to be sharp and current on backcountry technique. With the benefit of the RAF briefing and local knowledge from an experienced Cub pilot who landed just ahead of us, I got to land there for the first time yesterday in perfect conditions. We had great visit and took time to just soak in the sun and take in the incredible surroundings. Looking forward to more happy times and good company at Las Trancas.

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