Thursday, July 18, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Grand Park

Mt. Rainier Park and the Grand Park hike is always a great one and going the backway is much shorter than if you started at the Sunrise area.  Over the next several weeks flowers will be great!
View from Grand Park @ Dennis Long
On the way up is Lake Eleanor @ Dennis Long
Lupine just starting 
Zoomed in view of Fremont Lookout @ Dennis Long
Always time to relax in the meadow @ Dennis Long
Driving directions: Drive state Route 410 about 24 miles east of Enumclaw and just past the viewpoint of Mount Rainier turn right onto Forest Service Road No. 73. Drive 10 miles to sign that says “Eleanor Creek.” There is not a trailhead sign but park on the right and you will see a boot path on the left. Walk a short distance and you will see sign that you have entered the National Park.

Trail stats: 7 miles roundtrip   and about 1500 foot elevation gain. Here is our track 


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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Saturday, July 13, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Many have asked when will start to have above normal temperatures and a strong ridge of high pressure. The European model is starting to show that starting on July 23. We will continue to monitor to see if this indeed verifies.

500 mb (18,000') for July 23, 2019

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Thursday, July 11, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Humpback




Great views but with a caution: this hike is not for everyone. You will need very good navigation skills, as this is a an unmarked trail that has been getting some use though, so follow the boot path. However, no trail signs. Also, parts of the trail near the top go over some boulders.  
Views of  mountains in all directions.


From the top view towards the north

Brian and dogs: Frank and Maurice
At the top beargrass and Frank (dog) 
Michael (hiker) @ Jill Doebler Ryan
Yes there are some rocks to hike over @ Dennis Long
Trail is steep @ Dennis Long
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Driving Directions: 
From Seattle, take I-90 East to Exit 47. 
Take a right at the exit and cross the bridge.
At the 'T' (the pavement ends) turn right onto FS 55 (Tinkham Rd) and drive approx. 1.3 miles
At the intersection and go left uphill onto the Hanson Creek Road (FS 5510). 
Drive uphill past the power line clearing and under the old railroad trestle for approx another 2.2 miles. At approx. 3.5 miles from the 'T' you'll see an old gated road on the left.  
Park where you can find space and start hiking up the old road but do not block gate, although you will find several GIANT boulders blocking the gate, GPS N 47.22.193 W 121.30.683 at 2858 feet


Trail Stats:   From the gate hike about  0.80 miles on the road and you will see a boot path on the right (no trail sign) but a orange ribbon with some rocks marking the trail. Then go UP. GPS waypoint is N 47.22.931, W 121.30.693 at 3222 feet.  Here is the track to our hike. 


 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 9, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models continue to bring a trough of low pressure over us at times and this is the pattern for much of the period through July 22. Thus we get a brief ridge of high pressure for a brief period and mild and dry conditions (like Tuesday July 9)  and then a trough of low pressure drops down from the northwest (Wednesday July 10). Thus below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation will be the rule.

500 mb (18,000') for the period 7-16 to 7-22
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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week - Johnson-Medra Pass

This hike is in the Teanaway area. Much of the hike is in the forest, however once at the top there are  great views of Mt. Rainier and Stuart. Some flowers still lingering.

Stuart Range & Beyond
Mt Stuart
Ingalls
Columbia Lewisia @Alan Bauer
Post lunch time @Alan Bauer
Directions:
From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 85
Go north on State Route 970 to Teanaway Road, which then becomes North Fork Teanaway (9737). Take 9737 4.7 miles and just past Beverly Campground parking area is on your right. Trail is on your left.

Trail Stats: 8 miles roundtrip and 2250' gain. Here is our track 

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 2, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

While the short term forecast is bringing some clouds and chance of some showers. The extended forecast for next week is starting to show a warm up. So for the period  July 9 to at least July 12 we should have a strong ridge of high pressure building. Thus dry and above normal conditions should be the rule.

500 mb (18,000') for July 11, strong ridge over the West Coast
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Thursday, June 27, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Bare Mountain


Note that this was hiked last year, but according to recent trip reports (June 19,2019) the snow is gone and the road is rough but open. If weather is clear there are nice views of Mt. Rainier and Glacier Peak.


View of Glacier Peak @ Alan Bauer
With low river flow easy crossing @ Alan Bauer
On the way up warm day and no snow @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions:
From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 31 (North Bend).
Drive through North Bend on Main Street,
Turn north onto Ballaratt Street and follow it out of town.
This road becomes North Fork Road SE.
About 4 miles after leaving the North Bend city limits, the road forks.
Stay left and continue another 17 miles to the Forest Service boundary, where the road becomes Forest Road 57.
Just after crossing Lennox Creek, stay right at the next junction to continue on FR 57.
At mile 23 find the trail head on the left.

Trail Stats: 9 miles round trip and about a 3200 foot gain to the top at 5350'.


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