Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated 5-20-2015

Most forecast models keep a ridge of high pressure for much of the time from now through  through June 3. Thus we can expect above normal temperatures and normal to below normal precipitation.

500 mb 18,000 feet


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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Hansen Ridge

Update 5-19-2015
Extensive work has been done on the  de-commissioned logging roads that has been turned into several trails. This is the Hansen Creek drainage west of Snoq Pass. This is marked at trailhead as Harris Lake (Trail 1020) but that lake is rather far away (estimated 9 miles one way) and we did not try to get to the lake. In fact not sure the trail is even completed yet to the lake. We did a loop hike part of it is on a  logging road and than hiked on the trail which was also marked Hansen Ridge. There are nice views on the trail. Note you might find some bikes on the trail. Also next to the parking lot there is an area that some use for target shooting.  However, we went on a weekday and just saw two bikes on the trail and no target shooters were seen.  .

View of Kaleeteen @ Dennis Long
Michael taking a snack break @ Dennis Long
Beargrass just starting to bloom
Gentle grade and mellow hike @ Dennis Long


Driving Directions:  From Seattle, take I-90 east to exit 47. Turn south and then turn right at the T towards Hansen Creek Road (Forest Road 5500). Go 1.3  miles and then turn  left on Forest Road 5510. This will climb continuously for 4l miles ending at a gate and an old borrow pit. Park on the left

Trail stats: 5.6 mile loop and if you go counterclockwise start where sign says "Trail 1020 to Harris Lake" (even though you never end go to the lake.)  Gain with ups and downs is close to 800 feet. This starts on the trail (going counterclockwise) and then on the way back you go on a gated logging road.

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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.

Our route- Thanks Dennis Long for the track.











Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued  5-12-2015
Forecast models through May 26 are showing above normal temperatures and precipitation. Most models are showing troughs of low pressure that move in and out of the region over the next several  weeks.  The map below indicates a pattern that we will see quite often a trough off the coast at times.

500 mb map at 18,000'


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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rampart Ridge

Updated Tuesday May 12, 2015

According to several reports this hike is snowfree and is at Mt. Rainier National Park, and start hike at Longmire.. This is great hike when there are views of Rainier and other peaks in area. However, also  good with clouds as well as much of hike is in the lush forest. Thanks to Dennis Long for some of the photos.


View of Mt. Rainier from top of ridge

Lush forest @ Dennis Long



Flowers just starting to come out @ Dennis Long
Peak just to west of Mt. Rainier

Trail Stats: 6 miles (guidebook says 4.5 miles)  total loop and 1400 foot gain. High point 4000 feet. The start of the trail is at "The Trail of the Shadows" which is located directly across from the Longmire Inn on the Nisqually-Longmire Road. Park in the Longmire parking lot and the trail begins across the highway. Once on the trail, turn left after a short distance on trail and you will find a junction to your left that takes you uphill  on the Rampart Ridge trail.  Once at top of the ridge continue on the trail that takes you back to Longmire and you have completed a great one way loop hike.

Driving directions: From Seattle South on I-5 to SR 512 (exit 127). East on SR 512 to SR 7. South on SR 7 to SR 706 in Elbe. East on SR 706 through Ashford to the Nisqually Entrance. Then drive to Longmire and park. Please note there is construction on the road to Longmire.

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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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 5-6-2015

The extended forecast out to May 19 suggests above normal temperatures and normal precipitation. This certainly is the case through this weekend especially the above normal temperatures. However the map below for May 12 shows a trough moving in from the north and this would indicate different conditions. Most of the extended forecasts show altering patterns of upper level ridge of high pressure (that is forming now) and troughs of low pressure dropping down from the north. Bottom line hard to have much confidence in having a stable pattern.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Iron-Bear

Updated 5-5-2015

Flowers are out now and the views are always great. No snow on trail to the Knob at 5489. This trail is near Cle Elum.Thanks to Dennis Long for all of the photos.
View of the Stuart Range @ Dennis Long
Lots of open country go now before the hot summer sun @ Dennis Long
Always time for Michael to relax @ Denis Long
Arrowleaf Balsamroot @ Dennis Long
Bitterroot @ Dennis Long
Glacier Lilly @ Dennis Long

Driving directions: Drive east on Interstate 90 to US 97. About two miles north of Mineral Springs, look for Forest Service Road No. 9714 (Iron Creek Road) going off to the left (west). Continue about 3.5 miles to road's end and the trailhead and parking at 3,800 feet.


Trail stats: From the trailhead take trail 1351  to the Knob at  (5489 feet) and this is about 6.4 miles round trip. Great views here. Some folks like to go to Jester Mountain which is about another 0.50 mile (north and east) at 5520 feet and the waypoints are :N47°22.324' & W120°321' . This is harder to find than the Knob at 5489 feet and views at the Knob are great.


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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.


Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades - Extended Outlook

Updated 4-29-2015

Models seem to be indicating above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation between now and May 14. However I'm not having a lot of confidence in that as the forecast models seem to be jumping around regarding that.



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