Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Washington Cascades- Extended Weather

Issued July 23, 2014

Although it will be wet over much of the West Cascades today (7-23) forecast models suggest that an upper level ridge of high pressure will be over our region for much of the period through the end of July. Although we will have some brief periods that a trough of low pressure swings inland (like today) for some brief cooling and chances of precipitation. However much of the time temperatures will be above normal and precipitation below normal.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Summit Lake

Updated July 21, 2014

This hike is in the north part of Mt. Rainier National Park. Wildflowers are out now with just patchy snow around parts of the lake. Thanks to Tresa and Curtis Allen for photos.

Mt Rainier in background @ Teresa Allen
Patch (the dog) and the lake @ Curtis Allen
Great time to view wildflowers @ Curtis Allen
Driving Directions; From Enumclaw drive west on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) to SR 165. Proceed on SR 165 to the Carbon River Road/Mowich Lake Highway junction. Turn left onto Carbon River Road and follow it to Cayada Creek Road (Forest Road 7810), which is  just before the national park entrance. Turn left (north) and drive over bridge and drive about 6 miles on a rough logging road to trail

Trail stats: 6.5 miles roundtrip and 1350 foot gain.


Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 7-16-2014

The recent pattern of much above temperatures and dry conditions will come to end shortly. The forecast for the upcoming weekend and towards the end of July indicate that get some cooling and chance of some showers at times. The reason is we get some troughs of low pressure that drop down from the north at times. See the map below.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Christoff Lookout

Updated July 14, 2014

This is a short cut to an old lookout just off of Hwy 410 and just east of the town of Greenwater. This is a part road walk and part trail hike with great views in all directions and wildflowers are prime. Thanks to Dennis Long for photos and track
Beargrass and Mt. Rainer @ Dennis Long
Beargrass and Michael @ Dennis Long
Looking east  towards Mt. Stuart @ Dennis Long
Tiger Lilly and more flowers @ Dennis Long
Directions: Take Highway 410 east and past the town of Greenwater turn left on FS 7000 and  less than mile and turn left on FS 7010 and follow several miles and left on NFD 110 to trail. Please see map below and bring your own map as well. You will drive about 7 miles on the logging roads before you get to the trailhead.
 Stats: Only 6.2 miles roundtip with the ups and downs elevation gain of about 1000 feet
Map of road and trail


Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather - Extended

Updated July 9, 2014

Forecast models have a strong upper level ridge of high pressure anchored over the Northwest between now and at least July 18. So with this pattern dry and much above temperatures will be the rule. The map below shows this ridge.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Navaho Pass

Updated: July 9,2014

Hike is snowfree up to 6000 feet with wildflowers out and great views of the Mt. Stuart Range. Hike is in the Teanaway area. Thanks to Alan Bauer for photos.
Michael heading to the Pass, Earl Peak to left @ Alan Bauer
Tiger Lilly @ Alan Bauer
Jeffery's shooting star @ Alan Bauer
At the pass with lunch and Stuart Range @ Alan Bauer





Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. At the first road junction after crossing the bridge over Stafford Creek, turn right onto Forest Road 9703 (signed "Stafford Creek") and drive 2.5 miles to the Stafford Creek trailhead, found just after crossing Stafford Creek.

Trail Stats: 12 miles roundtrip and 3000 foot elevation gain.


Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Kelly Butte

Updated July 1, 2014

Check out this restored Fire Lookout off of Highway 410. This is snowfree now and flowers are just starting to come out and should last for 3 weeks or so. Thanks to Dennis Long for photos.


Bear grass (or have seen beargrass spelling) and view of Mt. Rainier @ Dennis Long
The Lookout @ Dennis Long
The start and view of Kelly Butte @ Dennis Long
Paintbrush @ Dennis Long
Driving Directions: About two miles past Greenwater, turn left from Highway 410 onto paved Forest Road 70. All mileage readings are from this junction. At 8 miles, turn left onto a road signed 7030 and an arrow. There is about 10 feet of pavement, then gravel. This section of 7030 has some washboard driving surface. At 8.3 miles cross a bridge and pass some campsites.
At 11.9 miles, come to a T and turn left, staying on unsigned 7030. (A right turn will take you toward Colhoquon and Pyramid Peak and PCT trailheads.) The rest of 7030 has a couple of steep sections and falling rock areas. At 12.4 miles go straight, not right and uphill.
At 13.1 miles turn right. At this time there is a sign that indicates that the road to the right is 7030; the road straight ahead is signed 7032.  Pass side roads at 13.6 and 14.1 miles. The rough road to the Kelly Butte “trailhead” is on your left at 14.4 miles from Highway 410.

Trail Stats: 3.4 miles roundtrip and 1100 foot gain to top at 5409 feet


Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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