Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Fragrance Lake

Issued: April 18, 2018
Nice spring hike that is snowfree. This hike is just south of  Bellingham. Good hike rain or shine. Also good hike now as many other trails are still covered with snow. I did not do this hike this year but recent trip reports state trail is open and "muddy" now. 


Bellingham Bay from viewpoint

Lot of tress @photo credit 
Fragrance Lake @Steve Payne
Driving directions: From Seattle take I-5 and exit 231 and take the follow Route 11 (Chuckanut Drive) north for above 15 miles. Lot will be on the right. The trailhead is on right side of the road just after the campground entrance to Larrabee State Park.

Trail stats: Roundtrip 5.5 miles with elevation gain of 1000 feet, high point 1100 feet. You can add to mileage to this hike.

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, April 17, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued April 17, 2018

Forecast models are starting to show a ridge of high pressure that builds at times between now and the end of the month. Thus we can expect above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. The map below shows a trough of low pressure over Northern California and a ridge over Washington state which should bring dry and mild conditions at times for Washington.

500 mb (18,000') for April 27


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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- A Trio of Hikes

Updated April 12, 2018

Three hikes near Mt. Rainier and  Enumclaw, WA. First The Foothills Trail . We hiked a 3 miles section from Wilkeson to Carbonado. This is a mostly flat trail, which is also bikeable. The entire trail goes over 20 miles.

Easy stroll
The second hike is in the town of Enumclaw: the ever popular short and steep hike of Pinnacle Peak. This is one mile and you gain 1000 feet.

Straight up- Pinnacle Peak
The third hike, east of Enumclaw at Mud Mountain Dam is the Rim Trail. You can go up to 4 miles on mostly flat trail.

Rim Trail
Directions to trails and detailed hike descriptions can all be found at the links provided.

Before and after the hike check out where you can eat and have great beverages in the area.
Nomad PNW  snacks and coffee await
Ruben sandwich at Kelly's Restaurant & Lounge 
Beer at Cole Street Brewery 
Cocktails at Pursuit Distilling 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated April 10, 2018

Forecast models continue bringing troughs of low pressure that drop down from the Gulf of Alaska over the next 7 to 10 days. If that pattern verifies we will continue with above normal precipitation and  normal to below normal daytime temperatures.

500 mb (18,000') for April 17, 2018

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Sunday, April 1, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued: April 1,2018

We will continue with the pattern of weather systems moving in from the west. With this type of  weather pattern there will be above normal precipitation and normal or perhaps slightly below normal temperatures. This pattern should be in place through the middle month.

500 mb map (18,000') April 10


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Fagin's Hike of the Week: Ancient Lakes

Updated 4-1-2018

I was not out there this year but according to trip reports road and trail are in good shape.
View of Dusty Lake from the rim above @ Alan Bauer
On the way to the lake passing a glacial erratic (aka big rock) @ Alan Bauer
View of waterfalls and lake @ Alan Bauer
Ancient Lakes @ Dennis Long
Columns of basalt @ Michael Fagin
Some off trail scrambling @ Dennis Long
Columbia River @ Michael Fagin
Driving directions: Drive I-90 east to exit 149, SR 281. Go north towards Quincy. After 5.6 miles turn left on White Trail Road, and follow that 7.8 miles to road 9-NW. Continue 5.9 miles on this road and park in  at the end of the road.

Trail stats: Our loop was about 7 miles roundtrip with evelvation gain is minimal.
Our hike was along the valley to  the lake then back along south rim


 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, March 29, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- South Tiger



Updated March 29, 2018
This is snowfree hike and one of less traveled Tiger Mt. hikes. Trailhead iseast of Issaquah. We did a loop of about 7. 5 miles. There are not any wide open views of mountain peaks but a nice walk in the woods with flowers starting to bloom.
Skunk Cabbage
Some folks made a fire-pit there are benches to sit on 
Part of the South Trail Traverse trail
Trillium
Driving Directions: From Issaquah head east on Front Street (which becomes Issaquah-Hobart Road after it leaves town). Go about 6 miles past the city limits, turn left (north) onto SE Tiger Mountain Road this is immediately before the Highway 18 junction. Continue for .4 mile before parking on the left shoulder at a wide pullout. The trail is on the right near "School Bus Stop Ahead" The trailhead is on the right however the trailhead sign cannot be seen from road you have to hike a very short distance.

Trail Stats: About 7.5 miles and 1600 foot gain. There are many ways to do this loop and 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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