Friday, May 27, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Iron Bear

Updated May 27, 2016

Yearly hike outside of Cle  Elum and peak flower time on Iron Bear trail. Enjoy this wonderful hike and views of Mt. Stuart. Thanks to Alan Bauer for the photos.
Penstemon @ Alan Bauer
Bitteroot @ Alan Bauer
Indian Paintbrush @ Alan Bauer
Lunch spot at 5520' with view of Mt. Stuart @ Alan Bauer
Michael walking the ridge @ Alan Bauer
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.  Many folks park 100 yards or so before the official trailhead due to road conditions.


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.


Thursday, May 19, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. Washington

Updated 5-19-2016

Trail is located just east of North Bend that offers nice views of Mt. Rainier from the top.
View of Mt. Rainier from the top
Weather station at the top in the summer
Weather station at the top taken several years ago in a snowy winter @ Dennis Long
View towards Mt. Rainier and Chester Morse Lake @  Manja Katrina Brower
Sherpa enjoying the  summit view @  Manja Katrina Brower

Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 38 after the exit turn right and take the first right turn into Ollalie State Park, a few hundred feet from the highway. Follow the gravel road to the end, parking near the bathrooms at the west end of the lot.


Trail Stats:  Start a short path next to the restroom that climbs to a roadbed leading to the Iron Horse Trail; here, turn right. In a short distance (less then 1/8 of a mile) there is a  trail (left) that is not marked that leads into forest. Make sure you have a good map and compass and GPS as parts of the trail are NOT marked.  8.6 miles roundtrip and 3200 feet 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, May 18, 2016

Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: May 18, 2016

Much of the period through May 25 will feature a trough of low pressure that drops down from the north at times and will be off our coast.  This would tend to bring below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation over this period.

Trough of low pressure off our coast at 18,000'

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Kachess Beacon

Updated May 12, 2016
Flowers and great views from the top. This was just hiked on May 2 via the short cut (see below).  I'm sure there is still some snow on the  trail along Silver Creek but the short cut does not have snow. I have included my photos from several weeks ago and also included some of the photos take by Karen Sykes in June 2013. Flowers are just coming out now.
View of Kachess Lake @ Michael Fagin 2016


View of Kachess Lake Mt Rainier- distance and thundershowers - time to head Down! @ Michael Fagin 2016
Hike out on ridge (towards NW) with George and Kachess Peak background @ Michael Fagin 2016

Flowers and rocks @ Karen Sykes 2013
Balsomroot @ Karen Sykes 2013
Lupine @ Karen Sykes 2013
Kachess Beacon @ Karen Sykes 2013
From FS 4818  turn right on an unmarked road with this reflector next to it Waypoint N47.15.976 W121.11.154@ 2260' Please note someone has removed this reflector.
Directions: From Seattle drive I-90 east and get off at Exit 70. Proceed over the freeway and turn left onto frontage road. Then turn right on FS Road 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road). Stay on Road No. 4818 go less then one mile to an unsigned road junction, turn right-- on the tree there is a pink reflector (see photo above). Continue about 3/4 mile to the trailhead trail 1315 (Silver Creek) , elevation 2,368 feet (it is also the trailhead for Easton Ridge). Waypoints at Trailhead are N 47.16.03 W 121.10.28

Trail stats: 5.6 miles round-trip with about 2200 feet elevation gain. High point is at about 4584 feet. Hike 1.9 miles on trail 1315 to trail 1315.3 (Waypoint at junction are N 47.17.398 W 121.10.256 at 3743 feet) and to .9 mile hike to top.  Thanks to Bob for details.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued May 11, 2016

Forecast models start to show changes in the weather patterns especially as we move into next week. We tend to have troughs of low pressure (see map below) that drop down from the Gulf of Alaska to bring chance of precipitation at times.  Thus the extended forecast starting this weekend through May 24 are indicating above normal precipitation with normal to below normal temperatures.
Trough of low pressure off our coast May 21

 
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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Lake Serene

Updated May 5, 2016

Snowfree hike and great views at the lake. Also side trip to waterfalls. Our hike last week was taken with clouds and light showers. The first photo is the view of Mt. Index from the last and taken several years ago.



View from lake  towards Mt. Index @ Jerry Retzlaff
View from lake on cloudy @  Manja Katrina Brower
Waterfalls on the way, look at next to rock Manja getting a shower @Jill Doebler Ryan
Michael and Jill staying dry @ @  Manja Katrina Brower
View of the lake on a clear day @ Jerry Retzlaff



Trillium found on the way @  Manja Katrina Brower
Driving Directions: From Monroe that US 2 east towards Stevens Pass. Then just before road crosses the Skykomish River (near milepost 35), and turn right onto Mount Index Road. Proceed on this dirt road 0.4 mile, turning right on the spur road signed Lake Serene Trail 1068.

Trail Stats: To the lake 7.2 miles roundtrip and 2000 foot gain. To waterfalls an extra 1 mile roundtrip

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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 4, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: May 4, 2016

Although we will have some weak troughs of low pressure that move into the region at times (like today) we will generally have a ridge of high pressure (see map below) over our region through May 17. Thus above normal daytime temperatures with normal to below normal precipitation.

Upper level ridge of high pressure

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