Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fagin's Snowshoe/Ski Amabilis Mountain

Updated 12-7-2016

This a great ski or snowshoe and a good workout. This is about 15 miles east of Snoq Pass at the Cabin Creek Sno Park. At the top there are great views of Mt. Rainier. The photos from Henryk are from January 2016 so more snow than now. However according to Tom J snow depth was 35" at the top on 12-3 and much more snow has fallen since and much more is on the way.
View of Mt. Rainier from the top @ Henryk Melcer
View towards the  south Keechelus Lake @ Henryk Melcer
On the way up @ Henryk Melcer
On the way up @  Bill V.
Trail stats: 9.5 miles roundtrip and 2100 foot gain. 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 right.

Here is some updated (as of this past Wednesday) grooming information and thanks to Tom J. for getting this.
" It is now groomed from the base and tracked above the 1st switchback to the top and the main road at cabin creek is packed"

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


 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, December 6, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 12-6-2016

Forecast models keep our recent pattern of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation through at least the middle of December.  This is the result of troughs of low pressure coming down from the Gulf of Alaska. This pattern will continue (see map below). So we will continue to add to the snowpack in the Cascades. Many regions are currently over 125% of normal.

Trough of low pressure at 18,000 (500 mb) for 12-15-2016

 
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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Fagin's Hike (Ski-Snowshoe) of the Week- Mowich Lake

Issued: 12-1-2016

I did this trip several years ago, however there are several trips that suggest you can drive to the park boundary at the gate at about 3800'. There was patchy snow on 11-30-2016 and several inches at 4000' and 18 inches at 5000'. However there will be lots of new snow over the next several days. This is a good snowshoe or crosscountry ski trip.
Old Patrol Cabin photo taken several years ago @ Dennis Long
Mowich Lake @https://evergreenendurance.com/2016/11/30/mowich-lake/
Long gentle road @https://evergreenendurance.com/2016/11/30/mowich-lake/




Driving directions: From Enumclaw drive  west on State Route 410 to Buckley. Turn Left (south) onto SR 165 and proceed through Carbonado. Just beyond the Carbon River Gorge bridge, bear right onto Mowich Lake Road. Follow the road about 19.6 miles to gate at about 3800'. Or drive till snow stops you.

Trail stats: 10 miles roundtrip and 1400' gain


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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: November 29, 2016

Most models for the next 14 days bring below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. The reason for this  troughs of low pressure will drop down from the Gulf of Alaska at times. This should help in increasing our snowpack.

Map at 500 mb (18,000') shows trough off Washington Coast


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Friday, November 25, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 11-25-2016

Most forecast models bring our region with below normal temperatures and precipitation through the first week of December. One of the reasons for this is we have a weak ridge of high pressure just slightly to our west (see map below) at times. Also the main part of the storm track is to our south at times.

500 map (18,000') for early December

 
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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Lake Serene

Updated November 25, 2016

Trip report from yesterday indicates patchy snow at the lake.  The first photo is the view of Mt. Index from the last and taken several years ago and others this past May.



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



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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Thursday, November 17, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Annette Lake

11-17-2016


Although not hiked this week best estimates are about 2 to 4 inches of snow on the ground at the lake and just light snow cover starting at the 3000 foot level. These photos taken in the summer.


At the lake @ Chienhtsai

View of Annette Lake from the top of Silver Peak @ Alan Bauer
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Driving directions:Exit #47 from I-90. Turn south at the first stop sign and then turn left on FS Road #55. Drive 0.25 mile to the large parking lot on the right. The trail begins at the east end of the parking lot, up the gravel road and to the left.


Trail Stats: 7.5 miles roundtrip and 1400 foot gain.


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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.