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.


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Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 9-24-2014

Forecast models from today through October 4 indicate a pattern of weather systems periodically moving in and out of region. However, we will get some days of dry weather as a ridge of high pressure rebuilds at times (see link below). Models for October 4 show a ridge of high pressure for dry conditions. Thus the extended forecasts calls for normal temperatures and precipitation.

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Washington Cascade Weather- Extended Outlook

Click here to view 500 mb map (at 18,000')Updated 9-17-2014

Starting this weekend a ridge of high pressure will be in place through at least Monday 9-22.  (so above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation) will tend to be the pattern. However, models indicate that the ridge weakens Wednesday 9-24 (see map below) so some cooling and chance of showers. Finally, lower confidence in forecast from 9-24 onward.
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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Blanca Lake

Updated 9-14-2014

One can call this the hike of the year given the beauty of this lake. One should try to take Monday off 9-15 off of work to enjoy this this sunny hike as there is chance of rain on Tuesday 9-16. However sun should returns (forecast suggesting this) next weekend on 9-20-2014. Thanks to Alan Bauer for the photos.

Blanca Lake with Columbia Peak
Blanca :Lake & Columbia Glacier
View of Glacier Peak from ridge top


Driving Directions: Take US Hwy 2 east from Monroe to just past the town of Skykomish. Turn left on to FR 65, more clearly marked as Beckler River Road, and drive past the Beckler River Campground. Take FR 65 for 15 miles all the way to the intersection of FR 63 and the private Garland Mineral Springs Road. Take a right on FR 63 and proceed about 2 miles. The trailhead is on a small spur road to the left, up another small hill.

Trail Stats: 8.4 miles roundtrip and 3300 gain.  Remember you drop about 700 feet to the lake, and you get you climb this steep hill on the way out.


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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended

Issued: 9-10-2014

The extended forecast models between now and  9-18-2014 continue the pattern of above normal temperatures and little to no precipitation as we remain under a ridge of high pressure.

However starting 9-19 the map below indicates the ridge has shifted to our east. As this happens the Pacific Northwest will get a more zonal flow, from the west to east which will tend to bring more precipitation to the Pacific Northwest.

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Thorp Lookout

Updated 9-8-2014
This hike offers great views and is located in the Salmon La Sac region, east of Snoq Pass. 
Thorp Lookout- great views from the top @ Maria Lamarca Anderson


Lunch time sardines for (L to R) Bartlett,Frank and Hank. Server Brian
Matt (L) and Brian (R)
Views to the west
Mt. Rainier in the distance with Cle Elum Lake
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. Just past the upper end of the lake, turn left onto French Cabin Road (Forest Road 4308). Drive 3.25 miles on FR 4308 then turn right onto FR 4312 . Go 1.5 miles on FR 4312 to a gated road on the right and park here (don't block the gate). Walk about 1/4 to 1/2 mile on the road and go to trail  1316  which will be on the left.The last part of hike is on trail 1315.2. You can take side trip to the Lake and that only adds 0.50 miles roundtrip
Stats: 7 miles roundtrip and 2300 foot gain.


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