Saturday, July 14, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Humpback

Updated July 10, 2018


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 Mt. Rainier are great!

At the top beargrass and Frank (dog) 
Michael (hiker) @ Jill Doebler Ryan
View from the top @ Dennis Long
Yes there are some rocks to hike over @ Dennis Long
Trail is steep @ Dennis Long
Jill enjoying the views
View to the north and west cumulus build up over Kaleetan Peak 
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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 to an 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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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Granite Lookout

Updated July 12, 2018

Just hiked this and there is snow in the basin about 3/4 of a mile below the summit. Snow was very soft so no need for micro-spikes trekking poles are handy. Just follow our track (below). Basically stay to the right and that gets you to the summer trail . If you wait another 7 to 10 days snow should be gone. Lots of flowers now.
Plenty of bear-grass on the way up
Mt. Rainier from the top
Some snow near top and view of Mason Lake
Within 1 mile of top @Melcer


Driving Directions: From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 47. Then turn left and go over the freeway. Then at next intersection turn left and drive short distance to the parking lot.

Trail Stats: 8 miles roundtrip. Here is our track 

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued July 10,2018

Starting this Wednesday July 11 and continuing through at least July 20 (see map below) an upper level ridge of high pressure will build. Thus dry conditions and above normal temperatures will be the rule. In fact many models keep this ridge in place through the end of July.

500 mb (18,000') for July 20

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Upper Palisades Lake

Updated July 5, 2018. This hike is at  Mt. Rainier National Park via Sunrise entrance. Please note these flower pictures are from the end of July of 2017. Thus you will need to wait till then for prime flowers. However reports from hikes this July 4 , 2018 is some flowers just starting to come out and just a few snow patches to deal with. 




Palisades seen just before the lake
 Upper Palisades Lake
All sorts of Lupine @ Alan Bauer
Field of Dreams and of Lupine @ Alan Bauer

Trail stats: 7 miles round trip (although a few GPS track at 8). High point 6150 feet and with the ups and downs there is a cumulative gain for the entire day of about 2000 feet. Here is track

Driving directions: Enter Mt. Rainier National Park via White River Campground entrance and drive up towards Sunrise and just before the Sunrise Visitor Center park at the Sunrise Point trailhead.



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Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades Extended Outlook

Issued July 4, 2018

Starting next week a strong upper level ridge of high pressure builds for above normal temperatures and dry conditions through at least July 17. Very typical summer pattern.

500 mb (18,000') for July 14, 2018 strong ridge
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Thursday, June 28, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt Teneriffe

June 28,2018

The trailhead to this hike is just past Mt. Si and offers a great workout and views. 


Mt. Rainier @ William WTA.org
Flowers in rock garden at the top
On the way down 
A trio of Bear Grass



Driving directions: From I-90, take exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 miles to SE North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on SE Mt Si Road. In 2.9 miles (past the Little Si and Mt Si trailheads), you will reach a  paved parking area on the left.

Trail stats: We went up trail to Teneriffe Falls however continued up on the old boot path that is steep!! Here is our track.  Only use this if you are comfortable with navigation and some minor scramble skills.  We went down the main route and total miles was close to 10.1 miles. If you took the main route both ways it is a total of 13 miles and about 4000' gain

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued June 26, 2018

The period through July 6 will have a trough of low pressure over our region . Thus below normal temperatures will be the main impact. Also slightly above normal rainfall.

500 mb (18,000') for July 3, trough over Northwest
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