Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Fagin's HIke-Ski-Snowshoe: Paradise Mt. Rainier

Used snowshoes March 20, 2019. Snow was well packed in the morning some people did not use snowshoes but snow did get soft in the afternoon.




Tatoosh Range
Mt Adams in the distance
George and Mt. Rainier
Track: 3 mile loop above Paradise towards Panorama Point. Here the track. Conditions did not warrant going to Panorama Point, it is too windy.
Directions: From Seattle take I-5 south to exit 127 to SR 512 East. Take 512 to to SR 7 and go south on 7 to Elbe and continue on SR 706 through Ashford and to entrance of park. Drive to Paradise parking lot

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Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Forecast models are showing a ridge of high pressure at times (see map below) over our region and southerly upper flow. If this verifies we would be above normal daytime temperatures and normal precipitation. This seems to be a reasonable forecast.

500 mb (18,000') for March 30, 2019
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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Fagin's Snowshoe/Ski Amabilis Mountain

This a great ski or snowshoe; also a good workout! About 15 miles east of Snoq Pass at the Cabin Creek Sno Park. At the top there are great views of Mt. Rainier. Snow was soft on the way down and should be the same this weekend. Just skied Thursday 3-14-2019. Snow was packed enough some folks just hiked with micro-spikes not snowshoes.

Near the top with views north 
View of Mt. Rainier from the top @ Henryk Melcer
Just coast down and enjoy the views
On the way up @ Henryk Melcer
Trail stats: 11.5 miles roundtrip and 2100 foot gain. We did some extra skiing I think it would be a total of 10 miles without the extra. To start walk over the overpass over I-90 then start on Berg route for short distance and then follow signs up to Amabilis, to the right. This is FS 4822 and we took to the top. There is a fork at 2 miles along this road and we kept to the left (although you can go right as well this is a loop). Here is our track. If one wants to do a loop you can see near the high point of our trip there is a road that goes due west and that would complete the loop.


Driving Directions:
From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 63/Cabin Creek
Turn right and park in Sno Park. You will need a pass.


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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

The outlook for March 20 through March 26 is suggesting above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. However over the shorter term (3-13 through 3-17) I to think above normal temperatures but it is looking mostly dry.

Average position of trough 3-20-2019 to 3-26-2019, trough just off our coast

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Chirico Trail aka Poo Poo Point

This is a good close-in hike, just several miles south of Issaquah.  Rumor has it that "poo poo” was the sound made by loggers' steam whistles. The photos are from last year. According to several trip reports, there is ice on the last 1/2 mile or so, thus micro-spikes would be very handy.

 Mt. Rainier from the top of Poo Poo point 
View 3/4 of the way up
View of the Olympics from the top

Para-glider enjoying the views and the ride.
Some days it is just cloudy
Start or end of hike.

Directions to Trail:
I-90 to Issaquah, take Front Street exit.
Follow Front Street through town for about 3 miles.
Front street becomes Hobart-Issaquah Road.
If you are driving south the trail head is on the left (east side of the street) near a big grass field.

Trail stats: About 4 miles round trip with about 1600 foot gain. Here is the track

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Ebby's Landing

This hike is on Whidbey and the directions here are a different way to Ebby's Landing and this offers great views of  the Sound and of the Olympic Mountains from the bluff. We start the hike  just outside of the town of Coupeville and start at the  Prairie Overlook trailhead (across from the cemetery). This hike goes past historic houses and farmland and then you are on the bluff with great views. There is some property near the hike so please respect that.  These photos are from last year but I just read a trip report so trails still good





 view from the bluff
View of the Olympics from the bluff
Hike near farmland
One of the historic houses
Trail: This is a good map to use.  Start on Ebby's Parire Trail and hike about one mile southwest and  you come to the bluff  and a fork. You  can right up the bluff with better views and if you continue you can reach the beach and loop back which is about 5.5 miles. Or at the fork you can turn left and go down to the beach. Another option is to stop at the bluff and go back to trailhead and it is  only 2 miles roundtrip.

Direction:  From Mukilteo, take the ferry over to Clinton. . Head north on SR-525 for 19 miles to a junction with SR-20. Continue straight on for approx. 5 miles to the town of Coupeville, and continue north on SR-20 for approx. 1 mile. Turn left onto Sherman Road and continue until you reach a right turn for Cook Road. Drive to the end of Cook Road to the Prairie Overlook trailhead, located directly across from a cemetery.



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Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Forecast models continue the cool conditions and mostly dry pattern. This should be the trend through March 11. The main part of the storm track and associated snow will be to our south. A ridge of high pressure (see map below) will be over our region at times.
Average position of 500 mb (18,000') for March 5 to March 11
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