Thursday, December 5, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week - Chirico & Beyond


This is a good close-in hike, just several miles south of Issaquah.  One can do starndard way or do a loop like we did.  All snowfree (12-4-2019) outside a few snow patches.

 Mt. Rainier from the top of Poo Poo point 
View 3/4 of the way up
View of the Olympics from the top

Para-glider enjoying the views and the ride.
Some days it is just cloudy
Start or end of hike.

Directions to Trail:
I-90 to Issaquah, take Front Street exit.
Follow Front Street through town for about 3 miles.
Front street becomes Hobart-Issaquah Road.
If you are driving south the trail head is on the left (east side of the street) near a big grass field.

Trail stats:   Standard way is  4 miles round trip with about 1600 foot gain. Here is the track

However we did a big loop;
Trail stats:: Close to 7 miles and close to 2400 foot gain
Thanks to George Mead for this track (map listed below). Here is a detailed description


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, December 3, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models mainly showing a zonal flow (from west to east.) This type of pattern will tend to bring weather systems in from the west. If this verifies than we can expect above normal temperatures and precipitation.


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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Oyster Dome and Beyond

Just south of Bellingham this is a great hike. We did a grand loop.

View from Oyster
Lizard Lake

View from Samish Overlook


Driving directions:

From Seattle drive I-5 north , take the Chuckanut Drive 
Exit off of I-5 (exit 231)
Drive north just past the 10 mile post on Chuckanut Drive (SR 11) and park on the paved, wide place on the west shoulder. 
Be very,very careful parking on the shoulder. If your car's tire is over the "fog line" you will be towed. There are other places to start this hike

Trail stats: To from Chuckanut drive trail headed straight up and went counterclockwise. First to Samish Overlook, then via Larry  Reed Trail and then to Max's Shortcut to Lily Lake then Lizard Lake and then side trip to North Butte. Final stop was Oyster Dome of course. Here is our track, close to 11 miles roundtrip


General Map



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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

For the period 12-4-2019 to 12-10-2019 forecast models suggesting some changes to bring us above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. However I have lower confidence in the forecast

Friday, November 22, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Davis Peak

Just did the hike on 11-21-2019 and you start to have snow at about 5200 feet. By the summit of Davis there is 4 to 6 inches of snow. We did not need micro-spikes. Best to do hike 11-22-2019  or 11-23-2019 since we should get plenty of new snow on Sunday 11-23.


Mt. Stuart from the top
Mt. Rainier hiding in the clouds, on the way up
View west toward Mt. Daniel
View of Stuart below the summit old fire from many years ago

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 to Salmon la Sac.
Go right at the Y to stay on the main road (rather than entering the campground)
In 1.6 miles look for the Davis Peak trail head and turn left (you can also park here at Paris Creek Trail)
Drive about 0.5 miles to trail parking.


Trail stats:  If you drive to the trail head (last .5 mile) on a rocky road it is 9 miles round trip or if you park at Paris creek trail it is 10 miles. Here is the track  and I didn't do the summit



Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Where is the mountain snow? Most areas in the Washington have little snow at 5000 feet and below as of 11-19-2019. However the extended models are showing a pattern change for next week. So for the period 11-26 to 12-2 models are showing troughs of low pressure that drop down from the northwest to  bring cooler conditions and wetter conditions. Stay tuned!

500 mb (18,000') for Tuesday 4 pm 11-26-2019 this could be the regular pattern into early December- troughs of low pressure moving in



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Thursday, November 14, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Shriner Peak

We hiked to this former fire lookout at Mt. Rainier Park on 11-13-19 and saw just patches of snow at 5000'. No snow at the summit of about 5800'. The area might get 2 to 3" of new snow on Friday (11-15-2019) or the next day, but the trail should still be easy to follow. This Saturday 11-16-2019 better weather compared to Sunday 11-17-2019 which will bring heavy precipitation.


Photo 11-13-2019 at 5800' - no snow!
Just below lookout.

Mt. Adams in the distance.

Lookout, of course.





Driving Directions:
If you are coming from Enumclaw drive 47 miles on east SR 410 to junction of SR 123 and SR 410.

Go on SR 123 7.5 miles to parking spot on the right.

The trail head is on the other side of the road.

Trail Stats: 3400 foot gain and 8.5 miles roundtrip. 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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