Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Manastash Ridge Observatory

Just outside of Ellensburg this is a road walk that is gated through the end of April. Enjoy snowfree hike with flowers starting to come out. At top is the observatory (usually closed) with great views to north and south. Thanks to Alan Bauer and Dennis Long for photos.



View from top - Stuart Range @ Alan Bauer
Big herd of Elk @ Dennis Long
Grass Widow
Umtaneum Creek on the way up @Alan Bauer
Desert Lupine @ Alan Bauer
Yellow Bells @Alan Bauer
Lenticular Clouds
Driving directions: From I-90 Exit 109 at Ellensburg, turn right at end of off ramp, and drive 0.5 mile north to the first traffic light. Turn left at traffic light onto Umptanum Road and set your odometer here. Drive out of Ellensburg on this road and stay on it. At 5.0 miles (you’ve left farm land behind and climbed up into Manastash Ridge by now you hit end of pavement onto gravel. At 10.2 miles at a sharp turn in the road you reach the parking lot for Umtanum Creek Falls trail on your left and continue on. Then at 11.4 miles you pass the access for Hanson Pond Road (another good road hike) and continue. Finally, at 15.4 miles, or just a bit more than 5 miles from Umtanum Creek Falls Trail,  and about ½ mile after the road starts descending from Ellensburg Pass area, you come to a "unmarked" road on the right. This is Observatory Road, gated until May 1st each year. Parking for 3-4 signed for and you need a Discovery Pass.

Trail stats: Hike to about 2.4 miles on the main road  then at a junction  veer to the right and go to head to the observatory.  At 4.6 miles you reach the ridge, go right on ridge road and at 4.9 miles you reach the observatory. Gain under 1000 feet with top close to 3900 feet.  Here is our track.


 

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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.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models for today through the first week of May bring us slightly below normal temperatures with normal precipitation. The main reason for this is we will have a weak trough of low pressure off our coast at times.

500 mb (18,000') for May 1 through May 7 2019
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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rattlesnake Mt

This is a close in hike off of I-90 and just east of Hwy 18. It is the western part of Rattlesnake Mt. 
It is snow free the first 4 miles.

View of Mt. Si about 2 miles in
At 4 miles we had snow
Stats: Here is track to Grand Prospect which is total of 8 miles roundtrip with about 2000 foot gain.  That is where we first reached snow on 4-12-2019. It should be melting out as we move forward into Spring.

Driving:
Take I-90 east to exit 27 then go right.
Go less than a mile to road end to Snoqualmie Point trail head.
You need Discover Pass.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

This coming weekend 4-20 and 4-21 will bring mild and dry conditions. However starting 4-22 and continuing through the end of the month we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. This can be attributed to a trough of low pressure that will be off our coast.

500 mb map (18,000') mean trough position for 4-24 to 4-30-2019
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Thursday, April 11, 2019

Fagin's - Hike of the week- Icicle Ridge

This hike is just outside the town Leavenworth. I did not hike this recently, but took content and photos from WTA. Some flowers are starting to come out. Hike is snow free for first 2.5 miles.


Tumwater Canyon
Wedge Mountain
Driving Directions:
From Seattle take US Highway 2 East to just before Leavenworth
Turn right on Icicle Road and go about 1.4 miles
Turn right at the marked Icicle Ridge Trail.

Trail Stats: The trail goes many miles, but for this time of the year you can go about 2.5 miles snow free. After that there is snow.





Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

For the period today through early next week we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. This can be attributed to a trough of low pressure over our region. See map below. However models suggest a weak ridge of high pressure forming late next week, April 18 and April 19. If that verifies we can expect a drying trend late next week.

500 mb (18,000') for Tuesday 4-16-2019
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Thursday, April 4, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week:Yakima Skyline

These pictures were taken several years ago and flowers this year are not in full bloom yet. However, I read a recent report that some flowers are just starting to bloom. Drive towards Yakima to this desert hike with views of  Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, the Yakima River Valley. As it warms up be careful of rattlesnakes.

Yield to snakes: Northern Pacific Rattlesnake @ Alan Bauer
View of Mt. Rainier and the Goat Rock Mts and Alan @ Dennis Long
Rosa Dam @ Dennis Long
Flocks- my best estimate @ Dennis Long
Hikers among Hooker's Balsamroot @ Alan Bauer
Big-headed Clover @ Alan Bauer
Lots of flowers @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions:
From Seattle, drive east on Interstate 90
Exit 110 and Interstate 82.
Drive I-82 to the Selah/Canyon Road exit 26.
Turn right off the exit and go 50 yards or so.
Turn left onto Harrison Road and drive 1.9 miles southwest.
Turn right onto Wenas Road.
Continue 2.8 miles to a Y junction (near a rural fire station).
Stay right (straight ahead on Gibson Road).
In 0.3 miles turn right on Buffalo Road, to where the pavement ends and the L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area begins.
Turn left into a large parking area. Park here or drive through the gate (close it behind you) and proceed up a dirt track another 1.5 miles to the official trail head. You'll need truck or high clearance for this.

Trail stats: 8 miles round trip 1000 feet gain. After you park, head north to the ridge top. The trail starts about 1.5 mile from the gate on right hand side (looks like an old jeep road.) These directions are our best estimates. Please bring map-compass and GPS.

Map of area:

Map is LT Murray Wa Depart. of Fish and Wildlife


 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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