Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Boulder River

Issued 11-23-2017

Although I did not hike this recently I did confirm trail was just hiked yesterday. However with the recent rain always good to check with DOT at 511 to make sure no water on road issues. There is water on Hwy 530 however this is north of Darrington at MP 67
Enjoy the waterfalls!!


Great Waterfalls @ Don Geyer Photography
Old growth forest and lots of flat trail @ Rachel Robbins
Boulder River @ Rachel Robbins
Photo taken 11-22-2017 from WTA @geezerhiker
Driving directions: From Seattle drive I-5 north and exit Arlington state Highway 530. Drive about 20 miles just past milepost 41 on. Turn right on French Creek road (FS 2012). Drive 3.7 miles to trail.
Trail stats: 8.6 miles round trip and 700 foot gain. You can go shorter and get great views of waterfalls.
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, November 16, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Snow Lake

Issued 11-16-2017

These photos are taken from a prior winter hike but trip reports from 11-15-2017 that snowshoes were not needed and that micro-spikes where useful


Snow Lake @ Denis DuBois
Melt + freezing=ice @ Denis DuBois
Views on the way up


Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52. Turn left (north), and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.

Trail Stats: Hike to junction with Snow Lake Trail (go to right) at Source Lake Junction. Total distance to Snow Lake is 6 miles roundtrip and about 1400' gain.


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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued November 15, 2017
Forecast models showing troughs of low pressure dropping down from the Gulf of Alaska and this should be the case through at least November 28. The map below shows a trough of the Washington coast and a ridge of high pressure just to our east. This type of pattern will bring above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Medium confidence in this forecast as the patterns can change if either the ridge or trough shifts.

500 mb (18,000') trough of our coast for later next week
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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Lake Serene

Updated November 8, 2017

Just hiked on November 7 and half trail is snowfree other half has some snow and ice and micro-spikes are very handy. Photos are from several years ago except the first photo is from November 7, 2017



Lake Serene and Mt. Index @ 11-7-2017
View from lake  towards Mt. Index @ Jerry Retzlaff
View from lake  @  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. Here is our track




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Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued November 8, 2017

Extended forecast models through at least November 17 show troughs of low pressure that move in from the Gulf of Alaska. Thus we can expect below normal temperatures  and above normal precipitation. Thus we should continue to build snow-pack for the Cascade especially at and above 4000.

500 mb (18,000') for 11-15 , trough off WA coast

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Friday, October 27, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 10-27-2017

Forecast models bringing a trough of low pressure (see map below) and associated shot of cold air into our region starting Thursday November 2 and continuing through at least Monday November 6. This pattern will bring below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Some models suggest this continues into November 10. This pattern will tend to start to build our snowpack in the Washington Cascades.

500 mb (18,000') for Saturday 11-4-2017


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Fagin's Hike of the Week: Heybrook Lookout

Updated 10-23-2017

This is always a good fall hike that is snowfree and done with nearby Bridal Veil Falls is a great combo. These photos are from a hike last year but recent reports show trails still open and snowfree.
Both trails are off  Highway 2 and west of Stevens Pass

Great views from lookout

View towards Mt Index on way up



View of Mt Index from top
Fagin looking east from top
Steep climb but protected

Driving Directions: From Everett follow US 2 east for 37 miles (approximately 2 miles east of the steel bridge crossing the Skykomish River) to the trailhead (elev. 850 ft), located on the north side of the highway.
Trail stats: 2.6 miles roundtrip 850 feet gain
Hike Two- Bridal Veil Falls
Start of hike
Views of Mt Index
Going up towards falls
Lots of water will cool you off
Water streaming down from Lake Serene
Driving directions. From Heybrook lookout go on Highway 2 and go about 2 miles west and turn left on Mount Index Road and go about 0.40 miles to trail.
Trail stats: 4.4 miles roundtrip about 1000 foot gain



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