Thursday, February 23, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rattlesnake Mountain

Updated: 2-23-2017
These photos were taken several years ago. However I just check a trip report and I understand just patchy snow to  2 miles to Stan's Overview. However snow gets deeper if you get up to 4 miles (Grand Prospect) .


View one mile in 

2 hikers on the trail @ Karen Sykes

About 4 miles into the hike @ Karen Sykes

View from Grand Prospect

Driving Directions::Take I-90 east to Exit 27 then go right and follow the road to the end. Need Discover Pass. This is the Snoqualmie Point trailhead
Trail Statistics: 2 miles one way if you go to Stan's Overview .

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 21, 2017

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Updated 2-21-2016
Forecast models continue the pattern of bringing troughs of low pressure down from the Gulf of Alaska. The net impact through March 6 will be below normal temperatures with normal precipitation.

March 3 the 500 mb map (18,000') shows a trough of low pressure off Washington Coast


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Friday, February 17, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Heybrook Lookout & More

February 17, 2017

Heybrook Lookout and Bridal Veil Falls are off Hwy 2. west of Stevens Pass.  I hiked last fall and my pictures reflect that. However I did check recent trip reports of hikes and folks found hardpack snow and use of micro-spikes on last part of Heybrook hike and needed them for entire hike to the falls. Both trails are off  Highway 2 and west of Stevens Pass

Great views from lookout @ Fagin

View towards Mt Index on way up @ Fagin
Current photo @WTA


View of Mt Index from top @ Fagin
Fagin looking east from top
Steep climb but protected @ Fagin
Current photo @ WTA

Driving Directions: From Everett follow US 2 east for 37 miles (approximately 2 miles east of the steel bridge crossing the Skykomish River) to the trailhead (elev. 850 ft), located on the north side of the highway.
Trail stats: 2.6 miles roundtrip 850 feet gain
Hike Two- Bridal Veil Falls
Lots of water will cool you off @ Fagin
Water streaming down from Lake Serene @ Fagin
Driving directions. From Heybrook lookout go on Highway 2 and go about 2 miles west and turn left on Mount Index Road and go about 0.40 miles to trail.
Trail stats: 4.4 miles roundtrip about 1000 foot gain



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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated 2-15-2017
Extended forecasts through the end of the month continues with an active storm track over our region. Thus above normal precipitation although temperatures seem to be varying greatly with above normal at times , like now. Then below normal next week. We might get a break in the precipitation over the weekend but for next week and through the end of the month weather systems will move in and out of the region. Thus above normal precipitation and normal to below temperatures will be the rule.  Map below show troughs will be off our coast at times.

500 mb -18,000' trough off coast on 2-25

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Olallie Lake

Updated  2-2-2017

This a great snowshoe trip starting at Pratt Lake trail and go to a view point above Olallie Lake. The is a very popular trail and when we went you did not need snowshoes as it was packed down. However micro-spikes were very handy. At viewpoint you see Mt. Rainier and the lake.
From viewpoint 3.5 miles in nice view of Mt. Rainier
View of Olallie Lake
Group marching up
Frank
Hank
View on the way up
Driving directions: From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 47. Turn left and drive over the freeway, then turn left at the T. Proceed to the nearby Pratt Lake-Granite Mountain parking area.

Trail stats: About 7 miles roundtrip  and 2389 elevation gain to get to the view of the lake. Start by hiking 0.60 miles  and then take left fork (to Pratt/Olallie Lakes). The other fork goes to Granite Lookout.  Continue 1.9 miles and then at fork go to the  right. Continue 1 mile and view of  Olallie Lake and Mt. Rainier.


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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated 1-31-2017
Starting this Friday and continuing through Monday we have a return to wet conditions and will add to the snowpack once again. The reason is troughs of low pressure drop down from the northwest. Then on Tuesday through Thursday of next week forecast models suggest a ridge of high pressure builds over our region for a mostly  dry pattern. Finally by next Friday 2-10  (see map below) we return to a wet pattern through the middle of the month as a series of troughs of low pressure will drop down from the Gulf of Alaska.

500 mb (18,000') for 2-10-2017


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Friday, January 27, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Chirico Trail aka Poo Poo Point

Updated 1-27-2017
Chirico Trail aka Poo Poo Point. This is just several miles south of Issaquah good close in hike.  Rumor has it that "poo poo” sound made by loggers' steam whistles. From the recent trip reports wearing micro-spikes is a good idea.Photos are from last year.
 Mt. Rainier from the top of Poo Poo point 
View 3/4 of the way up
View of the Olympics from the top

View of Lake Sammamish


Paraglider enjoying the views and the ride



Directions to Trail:Take 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 trailhead is on the left (east side of the street) near a big grass field.
Trail stats: About 4 miles round trip with about 1600 foot gain

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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