Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 2-25-2015

Starting this weekend we will have a cooler pattern in place as forecast models bring below normal temperatures and precipitation. So the ridge of high pressure rebuilds (see below) again and not good news for skiers.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week: Norse Peak

Updated 2-25-2015

This is near Crystal Mountain Ski area. Currently patchy snow till 5800 feet. Then hard packed beyond so traction for boots is good and folks went to the top without snowshoes. However, do not need to go to top for great views.

Must be storm coming in soon, nice cloud shown
At 6000 feet
Dave at the the top @ George Mead
View from the top Mt. Adams in distance @ George Mead
Summit photo Rainier in background @David Bobroff 
Almost there @David Bobroff
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 past the town of Greenwater and turn left on Crystal Mt Road. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road (which is not marked). Turn left and park on this road (next to Crystal Mt Road) and walk the road about .25 mile up (unmarked Gold Hill road) and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side which is also not marked.
Trail Stats: Hike Norse Peak number 1191 to the top which is about 5. miles or about 10 miles which is an elevation Gain 2400 ft and high point of 6858 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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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Weathe Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 2-18-2015

The forecast models are starting to show a shift in the patterns towards the end of the month and into early March (2-25 to 3-3) . Forecast are showing a trend towards below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. So skiers finally get some good news of new snowfall for the mountains.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. Si Traverse- via Mt Teneriffe Rd

Updated 2-18-2015
Great hike and is snowfree. You hike up the old Mt Teneriffe that has been converted to a trail and do a short traverse to the Mt. Si trail. Then you go down the Mt. Si. trail. Thanks to Alan Bauer for photos.
Lunch time for Michael
View of Mt. Rainier
Hiking up old logging road that has been converted to trail

Driving directions: From Seattle take I-90 to exit 31 and go north (into town- North Bend). Then at North Bend Way turn right. In less than a mile you'll see the turnoff for Mount Si Road on the left and turn. If you have two cars park one at Mt. Si trail. Then take the other car and drive along Mt. Si road park at the school bus turnaround on your left (this is about 3 miles from North Bend Way). Hike up the logging road. If you have one car park one at school bus turnaround then at the end of the hike you will have a one mile road walk.
Trail stats:  Hike up old logging road about 4.7 miles  and on left you will find an unmarked old road on your left. This is the traverse section  and you will find this section at GPS waypoint of N 47.30.425 W 121.43.657 and  3600'. Continue on this traverse  trail section for .8 miles can you will be right below Haystack on bench to have lunch. Then hike down is 4 miles. Total if you have a car shuttle is 9.50 miles (some list a little over 10 miles) and 3500 foot gain.  Need Discover Pass to park


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, February 10, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated 2-10-2015

The weather pattern through 2-19-2015 will feature a ridge of high pressure (see map below) that will be over our region. Thus above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation will be the rule. This has been the pattern for much of the winter as the ridge of high pressure is over the West Coast for much of the time and cold air remains locked over the Midwest and East Coast. This pattern seems to get "locked in" with storms having a diffcult time moving inland towards Washington state.


This pattern (as of 2-2015) has resulted with Boston having more snowfall than Snoq Pass so far this season.

The only exception is when we have had several strong pineapple expresses that have brought heavy rain to the mountains.

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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Slippery Creek

Updated 2-11-2015

This is a road walk via a gated road. No snowshoes needed might be some patchy snow up high . Photos are from last year so less snow this year vs. last year..
View of Mt. Rainier will await you Wednesday  this Sunday
Road walk snow free
Patchy snow on road @ Dennis Long
View towards Snoq Pass- Granite Lookout in foreground




Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive on State Highway 410 east  and just  before you get to the small town of Greenwater turn left on logging road FS 7125. This is just past MP 42. If you reach the town you have gone too far.  Follow logging road FS 7125 then bear left which go about 1.5 miles and park at gate.

Trail Directions: Follow road to point at about 4100 feet which is 1800 foot gain and 4.5 miles one way. See our track below.
Always bring map-compass-GPS as these directions are the best estimates.
Need Hancock Permit- White River area
http:// https://hancockrecreationnw.com/
Trail stats and directions are the best estimates so please bring map and compass and or GPS for precise directions. Thanks to Dennis Long for GPS track.


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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Extended Outlook- Washington Cascades

Updated 2-4-2015

Forecast models through the middle of this month seem to keep a zonal flow (see link and map). Zonal flow is from west to east and with this pattern we get above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.
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