Saturday, August 19, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Rock Mountain View Point

Updated August 20, 2017

This a hike east of Stevens Pass and it is steep hike and south facing. This can be a very hot hike when we have our heat waves, however with the current seasonable conditions this makes it much more pleasant. I hiked to the high meadow with great views and no need to hike to the top of the mountain. This hike was done earlier in the month when there was lingering snow and most (all) should be gone. Probably some lingering flowers in the high meadow.
Rock Lake
Rock Mountain 
Lupine
Just to the east of Rock Mountain
Driving Directions: From Stevens Pass go east for  8.5 miles, turning left onto a dirt road leading  to the trailhead . The turnoff is just after milepost 73, approximately 0.4 mile east of the Washington Department of Transportation buildings.

Trail stats: To view of the lake close to 3.6 miles one way to 6200 feet and about 3300 gain. To go to the mountain it is 4.5 miles one way and 4200 foot gain.  Here is the track  to view


Thursday, August 17, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Perry Creek

Updated August 17, 2017

This is the same trailhead as Mt. Dickerman.. This hike is mainly in the forest until you get close to the Mt. Forgotten Meadow. Stunning views of Mt. Forgotten and Glacier Peak from the meadow. We got lucky and saw a bear. I think it was within 70'. That was close enough.
Mt. Forgotten @ Alan Bauer
Checking us out
Glacier Peak
Perry Creek and waterfall @ Jim Wright
Great views near the top



Driving Directions: From Granite Falls follow the Mountain Loop Highway east for 27 miles to the trailhead, 1.8 miles beyond (east of) the Big Four Picnic Area.

Trail stats: Close to 10 miles round trip 3400 feet gain.to Mt. Forgotten Meadow with view of Mt. Forgotten. Here is the track

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Issued August 16, 2017
Forecast models through the end of August continue with normal to above normal temperatures with below normal precipitation. For much of the period we should have a ridge of high pressure in place (see map below.) However models show a trough of low of pressure that moves next Wednesday or Thursday for chance of some precipitation.

500 mb map (18,000') shows ridge of high pressure


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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Upper Palisades Lake

Updated August 10, 2017. This hike is at  Mt. Rainier National Park via Sunrise entrance. Wildflowers are in the prime so now is a great time to go. Good hike rain or shine and some rain in forecast for this Saturday and more likely Sunday.



Palisades seen just before the lake
 Upper Palisades Lake
All sorts of Lupine @ Alan Bauer
Field of Dreams and of Lupine @ Alan Bauer

Trail stats: 7 miles round trip (although a few GPS track at 8). High point 6150 feet and with the ups and downs there is a cumulative gain for the entire day of about 2000 feet. Here is track

Driving directions: Enter Mt. Rainier National Park via White River Campground entrance and drive up towards Sunrise and just before the Sunrise Visitor Center park at the Sunrise Point trailhead.

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 8, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued August 8, 2017 Forecast models bringing some changes this coming Sunday (8-13) and or Monday for chance of rain (first measurable rainfall for Sea-Tac since June 17). This will be due to a trough of low pressure that moves in. The question is will this usher in some changes for the rest of August?  Several models suggest that we can expect cooler conditions and chance of rain through the middle of August and beyond.. Thus, starting Sunday August 13 going till August 21 models bring normal to below normal temperatures and above normal rainfall. However I would like to see more model runs to have higher confidence in this.

500 mb (18,000') for August 17

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Skyscraper

Updated 8-3-2017

Great views of Mt. Rainier from the sunrise entrance of the Park and peak wildflowers!! Go soon before they fade. Although there will be some haze seeing these wildflowers will be well worth it and you see them before the summit of Skyscraper. If you are looking for hikes that are less impacted by the haze we have a list at the of this hike.
Lupine and Burroughs Mountain in the background
Massive field of lupine
Mt Rainier from the top
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View of Skyscraper @ Dennis Long


Fagin at the top @ Dennis Long
Rock garden @ Dennis Long
View of Grand Park @ Dennis Long
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Veer right onto the Sunrise Road and follow it 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the road's end, Sunrise.
Trail Stats:About 8 miles roundtrip and 1700 foot gain with the ups and downs. Here is the track 

Hikes that less impacted by the haze

The hikes on ridge tops that usually have views will tend to be hazy in many areas. Thus dropping down into valleys, and lake basins will be better. Here are a few.

Melakwa Lake 







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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Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued August 2, 2017

All models keep the warm and dry conditions through at least August 10. As you can see from the map below we have a big ridge of high pressure over the West Coast and a trough of low pressure well to our west . We also have a trough of low pressure over the Midwest. The main impact of this is to keep the ridge in place over the West Coast. Some models suggest some changes by August 15 but that is too far off in the forecast horizon to have a lot confidence at this point.

500 mb (18,000') strong ridge over West Coast


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