Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. Defiance

Updated 8-15-2018

Great views (when we don't have haze) at the top. Get an early start since this south facing and it will be warm this weekend. Thanks to Alan Bauer his photos. I just did the hike and these photos are from last year.
Mason Lake a good destination or great place for a break @ Alan Bauer
View from the top looking north @ Michael Fagin
Dennis at summit of Defiance @ Alan Bauer
View from Defiance @ Alan Bauer




Driving Directions: From  I-90 and going east take Exit 45 (Forest Road 9030.) . At a fork 0.8 miles from I-90 take the left branch onto Road 9031. . At 3.8 miles from I-90, reach the large parking area for the Ira Spring Trail (#1038.) .

Trail Stats: 11 miles roundtrip and about 3600 gain. Here is the track


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, August 14, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued August 14, 2018

Extended forecast models continue with a strong upper level ridge of high pressure (see map below) over our region. Thus we will continue with above normal temperatures will little chance of precipitation through August 28 and perhaps beyond that. So with all the wildfires in the western US we will continue with hazy conditions at times.

500 mb (18,000') for August 23

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Snow Lake and Beyond

Updated 8-10-2018

Very popular hike at Snoq Pass so an early is a good plan. Sunday (8-12) is better weather day than Saturday (8-11).


At Snow Lake
Pika in the sun
Views to the west on the way up
Trail Stats. 7.3 miles to outlet of Snow Lake, here is our route.    One can beyond to Gem Lake as well.
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52 and then go left and go under freeway. Take second right on Alpental Road and then follow signs to Alpental Ski Area parking lot.


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, August 8, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued August 8,2018

The Washington Cascades will have some cooling this Friday and into the weekend as a trough of low pressure moves inland late Friday . The cooling will be short lived as a ridge of high pressure rebuilds on Sunday and remains in place for much of the upcoming week (see map below). So the extended forecast for this Sunday  through August 18 and probably beyond is above normal temperatures with little to no precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') for August 18, 2018
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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Sheep Lake & Beyond

Updated August 2, 2018

This hike is adjacent to Mt. Rainier National Park and is off Highway 410. Hike has views of Mt. Adams and Mt. Rainier and the flowers are still out!

Crystal Lake Mt. Rainier @Alan Bauer
Tiger Lily @Alan Bauer
Sheep Lake from above @Alan Bauer
Trail stats: Close to 7 miles roundtrip to Sheep Lake then up to Sourdough Gap and to just above Crystal Lake. Here is our track.
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on SR 410 and go to Chinook Pass. Just 0.2 miles after the Pass find parking lot (Pacific Crest Trail) on left (north side) and park.


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, July 31, 2018

Weather Seattle & Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued July 31, 2018

The warm (hot) conditions in our region during the last several weeks are over for now. Seattle tied a record for the most consecutive days over 85 degrees, 9 days. That should end today, Tuesday July 31. The reason for the warm conditions was a strong upper level ridge of high pressure that was anchored over our region. This ridge will shift to the east today and be replaced by a trough of low pressure that forms off our coast.

With this trough, temperatures will cool and bring a chance of showers at times mainly for the mountains Thursday and Friday but some drizzle for Seattle as well. 

We now are asked whether this is the end of summer in the Northwest? Models disagree! The European model (see map below) indicates a trough of low pressure for this Monday and if this verifies this would continue the cool temperatures and chances of rain early next week. However the US models show the ridge of high pressure rebuilding on Monday (8-6-2018) for a return to dry and warm conditions. Stay tuned!!  My best guess is the ridge of high pressure will rebuild and thus lean to the US models.

500 mb (18,000') for Monday August 6, 2018
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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Shriner Peak

Updated July 25, 2018

Hike off of Hwy 23 in Mt. Rainier Park. Go early to beat the heat. The views are great and there are wildflowers in the upper basin. This is a former fire lookout.

On the way up
Heather in the meadow

Mt. Rainier from the lookout
Lookout, of course
Mt. Adams in the distance

Driving Directions: If you are coming from Enumclaw drive 47 miles on east SR 410 to junction of SR 123 and SR 410. Go on SR 123 7.5 miles to parking spot on the right. The trailhead is on the other side of the road.
Trail Stats: 3400 foot gain and 8.5 miles roundtrip. Here is our track.  

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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