Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 10-15-2014

Forecast models are indicating an active storm track into the Washington Cascades especially towards the end of the month. Above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation seem to be the rule (see map below). A trough of low pressure off the Washington Coast will bring a generally moist west flow.  Although we will have some dry periods over the extended. This Thursday (10-16) is looking dry in fact and perhaps even this Sunday.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Alpine Lookout

Updated 10-14-2014

Alpine Lookout is east of Stevens Pass and offers great views of Glacier Peak. There might be several inches on new snow at the top (at 6200 feet). Best days for views is Thursday and perhaps Sunday.

View of Glacier Peak from the top
Weather station shelter
Lookout is closed for season, Frank (dog) is looking for some food
Driving Directions: Driving on US 2 from Stevens Pass continue east for 17 miles to the Nason Creek Rest Area and just past there, about a quarter mile beyond, turn left onto unsigned and easy-to-miss Forest Road 6910 (there is a row of mailboxes). Cross Nason Creek and stay on the main road and at about 4.5 miles from US 2 go right onto a narrow, rough road and in about .2 miles you have reached the  trailhead which is about 4.7 miles from US 2.

Trail stats: Go on trail number 1529 and go 1.6 miles to junction of Nason Ridge trail (#1583). Turn left (west) and go 3.3 miles to junction on the right. Finally, go short .3 miles to the top. 10.4  miles roundtrip and 2600 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, October 8, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather - Extended Outlook

Issued 10-8-2014

Forecast models show the current ridge of high pressure to move out of our region over the weekend and starting then and through 10-21-2014 we will get some troughs of low pressure moving and in out of our region. Thus, temperatures should be near normal and precipitation above normal through 10-21-2014. On the map below note the trough of low pressure just off the Washington Coast ready to move into our region for precipitation. This will be the pattern ridge of high pressure (dry) followed by trough (wet).

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Davis Peak

Updated 10-6-2014

Davis Peak is east of Snoq Pass in the Salmon La Sac area. This offers great views and great fall hike. Be ready for a work out, 3900 foot gain. Best for views through this Friday 10-10, then we start to see  more clouds and chance of precipitation for the upcoming weekend.
Mt. Stuart from the top
Mt. Rainier hiding in the clouds, on the way up
Fire from 10 years ago @ Randy Oakley

Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to take exit 80 (signed "Roslyn/Salmon la Sac"). Head north on Salmon la Sac Road (State Route 903) about 15 miles, passing through Roslyn and past Cle Elum Lake to Salmon la Sac. Go right at the Y to stay on the main road (rather than entering the campground), and in 1.6 miles look for the Davis Peak trailhead and turn left and drive short distance to trail parking.


Trail Stats: 11 miles roundtrip and 3900 foot 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, October 1, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated 10-1-2014

Forecast models keep a ridge of high pressure in place for much of the time through at least 10-11-2014 (see map below). In fact the US models keep this in place through 10-14 so above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. Although, lower confidence in this pattern staying in place through 10-14.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Summerland

Updated 9-30-2014

This is a great fall hike at Mt. Rainier and some great fall colors. Want views? This Wednesday (10-1) Thursday (10-2) should be good but some clouds moving in and out..
Michael at Summerland with Mt. Rainier in background @ Denis DuBois
Mt. Tahoma, Mt. Rainier and lenticular clouds @ Denis DuBois
Nice fall colors @ Michael Fagin



Driving Directions: From Enumclaw, take Highway 410 east 43 miles to the White River Entrance of Mt. Rainier National Park. Turn right on White River Rd/Sunride Road, follow this 4 miles to the trailhead .

Trail Stats: 8.5 miles roundtrip and 1950' 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, September 24, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rock Mountain

Updated 9-24-2014

There are two ways to Rock Mountain one is a shorter hike (option 1) but on a brushy logging road. Option 2 is longer hike but you have access immediate off of Highway 2.
If you are looking for views and dry weather this hike would be best done this weekend 9-27 or 9-28.



View of Rock Lake from Rock Mountain @ Fagin
First part of hike in the forest @ Henryk Melcer
Meadow below Rock Mountain @ Henryk Melcer
Hiker on Rock Mountain @ Fagin
Option1 - Shorter hike, but go on logging road that is very brushy.
Driving Directions: On Highway 2 eastbound  and go four miles past Stevens Pass then turn left onto Smithbrook Road (FR 6700). Note you go straight across Highway 2 westbound directly onto Smithbrook.  Do not go on Highway 2 westbound.  Follow Smithbrook Road (FR 6700) for 5.0 miles and then turn right onto FR 6705.  Note there is a sign on the right (see photo below). Also note there is not a road sign c that is marked FR 6705 ( I assume that has fallen down). As noted this road is very brushy in places.  Take this FR 6705 and proceed for 3.6 miles to trailhead which is on the right.

While on FR 6700Smithbrook Road & after 5 miles from Highway 2 turn right on this road when you see is worn out sign

Trail stats: 9.8 miles roundtrip and 3200 foot gain. Take Snowy Creek trail number 1531 for about a mile and then go left on Nason Ridge Trail go about 4.5 miles to a short spur that takes you to the top.

Option 2-  Longer hike but easy trail easy.
Driving Directions: On Highway 2 eastbound and go 8.5 miles past Stevens Pass.  Turning left onto an inconspicuous dirt road leading almost immediately to the trailhead  ft). The turnoff is just after milepost 73.
Trail stats: 11 miles rountrip and 4175 foot 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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