Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Noble Knob

Updated July 21, 2106
Great views of Mt. Rainier, Glacier Peak and Mt. Stuart and short distance. Enjoy this hike off of Highway 410. Thanks to Dennis Long  the photos and mileage and route.
Emmons Glacier on Rainier, zoomed in photo @ Dennis Long
Mt. Rainier, looks like it needs some snow @ Dennis Long
Michael headed down from the top @ Dennis Long
Frank at Lake George @ Dennis Long
Clouds rolled at the summit with Michael and Frank (dog) @ Dennis Long


Driving Directions: Take Enumclaw drive Highway 410 east and go past small town of Greenwater and several miles past there turn left on Forest Rd 70 for drive about 5.8 miles and then turn right on Forest Service Rd 72. Go about .6 miles and then turn left on Forest Service Rd 7220 and drive about 1 mile and then turn right on Forest Service road 7222. drive about 5.7 miles and park on wide area for parking on the right and you will find the trail on right.



Trail stats: Hike trail (which is unmarked) but it is trail # 1184 3.4 miles roundtrip and  1015' elevation gain  and high point 6200'
Route





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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued July 13, 2016

Forecast models continue to bring a trough of low pressure off the Washington Coast at times through the end of July. This will mainly bring temperatures below normal with precipitation at normal or slightly above normal.
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500 map at 18,000' July 27, 2016

 
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Washington Cascades Weather: Extended Outlook

Issued July 12, 2016

The extended forecast models out to July 26 keep a trough of low pressure off the Washington Coast at times. With this pattern the Cascades will experience below normal temperatures and normal to slightly above normal precipitation.  The map below indicates one of the persistent troughs that is off our coast at times.

500 mb map at 18,000 feet

 
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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Koppen Mountain

Updated 7-9-2016

Hike in the Teanaway area with great views of Mt. Stuart and even Mt. Rainier. Although these photos were taken last fall recent trip reports state road to trail open as is the trail.

View of Mt. Stuart and Michael grinding up hill @ Alan Bauer
Great fall colors on the way up @ Alan Bauer



More colors @ Alan Bauer
Directions:From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on the Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. Drive 4 miles to Beverly Campground and then continue another 3 miles or so and turn left onto Forest Road 9737-120. Follow it to the  De Roux Campground which there are some horse trailers parked and the trailhead.

Trail stats: 7 miles roundtrip and 2300 foot gain.

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- "Little St. Helens"

Update 7-8-2016
This hike is not near Mt. St. Helens but it is just west of Snoq Pass. On a clear day (that is more likely starting next week Tuesday July 12) there are great views. In fact view of Mt. Rainier.

The trail system is on a  de-commissioned logging roads that has been turned into several trails and is in the  Hansen Creek drainage.  Note you might find some bikes on the trail. Also next to the parking lot there is an area that some use for target shooting.  However, we went on a weekday and just saw two bikes on the trail and no target shooters were seen.


View from the top Mt. Rainier @ Dennis Long
View from the top, Silver Peak to the left
View of Kaleeteen on the way up @ Dennis Long
Michael taking a snack break on the way up@ Dennis Long
Beargrass @ Dennis Long
Gentle grade and mellow hike @ Dennis Long
Frank (dog) enjoying the views and snacks from Dennis

Driving Directions:  From Seattle, take I-90 east to exit 47. Turn south and then turn right at the T towards Hansen Creek Road (Forest Road 5500). Go 1.3  miles and then turn  left on Forest Road 5510. This will climb continuously for 4 miles ending at a gate and an old borrow pit. Park on the left

Trail stats:  8 mile loop and about 1300 foot gain. We started on logging road (see photo below) and hiked about 1.5 miles to the trail to your right (Hanson Ridge Trail). The hike about 1.6 miles to a junction and go to the upper trail on the left and go about .22 miles and there is an unmarked trail (but with some flagging) and follow the faint boot path. Go about .9 miles to the broad summit. Retrace steps to trail and once make on the main trail finish the loop but going left on the first trail junction
 

 

We started hike by going left on the logging road
and we finished the loop hike which is the trail on the
 right and marked "Harris Lake Trail #1020)
Our route

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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades Extended Outlook

Issued July 5, 2016

Cool and unsettled weather will be the theme for this Thursday through the upcoming weekend with precipitation on and off. Models show a ridge of high pressure that builds starting on July 14 for a return to summer type of weather for the Northwest.

Ridge at 500 mb (18.000') build on July 14Add caption

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Lodge Lake-Olallie Meadow


Updated  6-30-2016
Hike at Snoq Pass. Thanks to Maria Lamarca Anderson for photos. This hike good rain or shine.

View towards the north near Olallie Meadow @ Maria Lamarca Anderson



Lodge Lake @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
View of Hibox @ Maria Lamarca Anderson

Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52 and then turn right (south) and right again onto the dirt road leading around the westernmost parking lot of the ski area. Park at the far western end of the road, Pacific Crest Trail.

Trail stats: To lake 500 feet gain and 4 miles roundtrip. To Meadow about 10 miles roundtrip and 1300 total 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.
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