Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

What is the extended trend for next week? Forecast models show a trough of low pressure at times over our region for Monday June 24 through Friday June 28. Thus, generally below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation for next week will be on tap.

500 mb (18,000') for June 25

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Sunday, June 9, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Otter Falls

This hike is along the Taylor River and the trail head is at the end of the Middle Fork of the Snoq River. It is now all clear except the small portion to this trail head.

Views towards Garfield
Most of the hike is in the forest
Otter Falls
Trail stats: Close to 9.5 miles round trip. Make sure you take the short side trail to the falls. Here is our track.
The main trail goes all the way to Snoqualmie Lake which is past Otter Falls.

Driving Directions:
From Seattle drive I-90 east to exit 34.
Turn left and go 0.3 miles
Turn right on Middle Fork Snoq. Road. 
Continue on the  Middle Fork Road (56) and at 11.8 miles you will find the BIG parking lot for the Middle Fork Trail head. However continue past there less than a mile come to the trail head.


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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Saturday, June 8, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast issued June 8, 2019. Forecast models out to June 21 are indicating an upper level ridge of high pressure over our region through most of the period. Thus above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.
500 mb map (18,000') for June 16 shows a ridge

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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Navaho Pass

Just hiked on June 4, 2019 and no snow to the Pass with flowers just coming out. Patchy snow if you continue further and scramble to Navaho Pass.


Earl Peak 
Mt. Stuart
Shooting Stars
View to the west
Driving Directions:
From Seattle drive I-90 east to Cle Elum and exit 85.

Take Hwy 970 east and turn left on Teanaway Road.

Go about 7 miles then bear right and it becomes North Fork Teanaway.

Just past 29 Pine Campground take a slight right on FR 9737 and go one mile.

Turn right on FR 9703 and drive 2.5 miles to Stafford Creek trail head.


Trail stats: 11 miles round trip and 3000' gain. Going to the peak is about another 1.2 miles and 1200'  gain. Here is our track to the pass and slightly beyond.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Starting next week week, June 10, and continuing  till June 15 and perhaps beyond we can expect above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. The main reason for this is an upper level ridge of high pressure will build.

500 mb map (18,000') for June 11, we have ridge over the west coast

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Thursday, May 30, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Granite Lookout

Just hiked this (5-30-2019) and it is snow free up to the basin at about 5000'. Great views here. From there to the summit there is still plenty of snow. Some snow folks hiked the summer trail but many preferred to do ridge and boulders to the south.


View from the basin
Marine layer burning off
Mt. Rainier from the top photo from July 2018
Beargrass just starting
Driving Directions:
From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 47.
Turn left at the end of the ramp and go over the freeway.
At next intersection turn left and drive short distance to the parking lot.

Trail Stats: 8 miles round trip. Here is the summer trail and  track .
With all the snow many are taking the boulder route and ridge to the south.


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, May 23, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week - Iron Bear

Some of these photos were taken in a prior year (Alan Bauer) and others are recent. Flowers should be prime for the next several weeks. This hike outside of Cle  Elum.
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Lunch spot at 5520' with view of Mt. Stuart @ Alan Bauer

Penstemon @ Alan Bauer
Bitteroot @ Alan Bauer
Indian Paintbrush @ Alan Bauer
Michael walking the ridge @ Alan Bauer
2018 Balsamroot @Fagin
Mt, Rainier @ Fagin
Driving directions:
Drive east on Interstate 90 to US 97.
About two miles north of Mineral Springs, turn left onto Forest Service Road No. 9714 (Iron Creek Road) going off to the west. 
Continue about 3.5 miles to road's end and the trail head and parking at 3,800 feet.  Many folks park 100 yards or so before the official trail head due to road conditions.

Trail stats: from the trailhead take trail 1351 to the Knob (5489 feet), This is about 6.4 miles round trip. Great views here. Here is our track.  Some folks like to go to Jester Mountain which is about another 0.50 mile (north and east) at 5520 feet. The waypoints are :N47°22.324' and W120°321' . This is harder to find than the Knob at 5489 feet and views at the Knob are great.

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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