Monday, February 24, 2020

Fagin Ski of the Week- Amabilis / Cabin Creek

This a great ski also a good workout! About 15 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass at the Cabin Creek Sno Park. At the top there are great views of Mt. Rainier. These photos are from last year.


Near the top with views north 
View of Mt. Rainier from the top @ Henryk Melcer
Just coast down and enjoy the views
On the way up @ Henryk Melcer
Trail stats: 9.5 miles roundtrip and 2100 foot gain. To start, walk over I-90 using the overpass, then start on Berg route for a short distance and follow signs up to Amabilis, to the right. This is FS 4822 and we took it to the top. There is a fork at 2 miles along this road and we kept to the left (although you can go right as well, this is a loop). Here is our  track. I


Driving Directions:
From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 63/Cabin Creek
Turn right and park in Sno Park. You will need a pass.

Cabin Creek System

About 10 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, Cabin Creek  is a very popular cross country system with close to 10 miles of groomed trails.
Cool and sunny weather
Trails go next to the forest
Ron about to enjoy hot tea and lunch
Old fashion- black & white
Driving Directions: From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 63, Cabin Creek and turn right and park.

Trail Stats: Ski as much as you want or just a short loop or 2. You will need to purchase a pass to ski.

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, February 22, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

For the pored 2-29-2020 to 3-6-2020 forecast models bring normal precipitation and temperatures over the period. The map below shows a northwest wind flow which would tend to bring moisture in at times for the Cascades..

500 mb (18,000") average position 2-29 to 3-6-2020

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Friday, February 21, 2020

Fagin's Snowshoe of the Week- To Snow Lake/ Source Lake Trail Junction

This is a snowshoe trip at Snoqualmie Pass. It is best, during the winter, to just go to the Snow Lake / Source Lake trail junction and not beyond, which is avalanche terrain. Also best to do when low avalanche conditions which will be today (2-21-2020)  and Saturday (2-22-2020)


View of the Tooth
Tracks of some skiers
Our trail
Trail stats: Here is our track. Total miles about 4.5 miles roundtrip

Driving Directions:
From Seattle drive east on I-90
Take exit 52 for Snoqualmie Pass West
Turn left crossing under the freeway
Drive about 1.3 miles to the Alpental Ski Area lot.
There is additional parking just past the main 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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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models showing a ridge of high pressure (see map below) at times between now and the end of the month. Thus we can expect mountain snowfall to tend to be below normal over this period and temperatures tending to be normal to slightly below normal.

500 mb map for 2-27-2020 at 4 pm


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Fagin's Ski-Snowshoe Trip of the Week: Wenatchee Ridge

Great trip for skis or snowshoes which starts at  Blewett Pass. On a clear day - great views of Mt. Stuart and the Stuart Range.  (video)


Most of the trail is very gentle
Several miles in great view of Mt. Stuart
Trail Stats: We went 7.8 miles round-trip with minimal elevation gain. Here is our route. 

Driving Directions: From Cle Elum take Hwy 97 north to Blewett Pass. Park on left side of the road and requires a Sno-Park permit. Trail starts here.



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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Forecast models keep the wet pattern through 2-25 and temperatures below normal early in the period then close to normal by 2-20. Thus we should be adding to our snowpack. The map below shows a moist zonal flow and northwest at times which is good for our snowpack

500 mb (18,000') for 2-19-2020 to 2-25-2020


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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Fagin's Ski-Snowshoe of the Week- Gold Creek

Gold Creek at Snoqualmie Pass is a very popular spot to ski or snowshoe. If you go on a weekend, make sure you get an early start to get parking. Sunday (2-9-2020) or Monday (2-10-2020) will offer the best chance for sunshine. We followed the Gold Creek summer trail total tour of about 3 miles. The last 1/2 was hard-pack snow, so we took our skies off for that part. One can also snowshoe the entire part.

Not sure if Randy got bored of waiting for me or is taking a power nap 
Alaska Mountain

Pond at Gold Creek
View to the northwest on the way to Gold Creek 
Several miles in 
Turnaround point looking north

Driving directions:
From Seattle take Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass to exit 54.
Exit I-90, and turn left.
Cross under the freeway and turn right.
Go about 1/4 mile and park.

Trail stats: Here is the map  
You can follow road FS 144 (some signs marked "Gold Creek") that follows the summer Gold Creek Trail which is above Gold Creek and on the eastside of the creek.

We went in about 3 miles (thus 6 miles round trip) and there were skiers and folks snowshoeing. Make sure you have a good map.


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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