Thursday, September 19, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Tonga Ridge / Mount Sawyer

This hike is off of Hwy 2 near Skykomish, with great views of Mt. Rainier, Baker, Glacier Peak, Daniel and more. The weather will be better Saturday (9-21) vs. Sunday.


Glacier Peak
Mt. Daniel
Mt Hinman
Driving Directions:
From Seattle drive US 2 east just past Skykomish
Turn right onto Foss River Road (Forest Road 68).
Continue for 3.6 miles
Turn left onto FR 6830.
Go 6.9 miles and bear right onto FR Spur 310
After 1.4 miles reach the trail head.

Trail Stats: Hike about 2 to 2.25 miles and go to  trail on your left. This goes up to the top. Total miles is 3 one way and 1200 foot gain to 5500 foot level. We added just less than a mile to hike to southeast to Sawyer Pass which is a nice meadow. Here is the 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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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

For the period 9-25-2019 to 10-1-2019 we tend to have a zonal flow (from west to east) and that will tend to bring in precipitation at times. The general forecast is for normal to below normal temperatures with close to normal precipitation. Please note during this period we will have some dry days but we are not looking any extended periods for dry and warm conditions.

500 mb (18,000') for period 9-25 to 10-1n

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Naches Peak Loop

This was hiked last October and the photos are from last October. If you want the fall colors wait several weeks. However always a great hike. This hike is started at Chinook Pass and enters Mt. Rainier National Park. Great fall colors should be in place through the middle of October.



Prime fall colors now @Alan Bauer
Constant steam of colors @Alan Bauer
Dewey Lake
Charlie and Michael
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on SR 410 and go to Chinook Pass. Just 0.2 miles after the Pass find parking lot (Pacific Crest Trail) on left (north side) and park.

Trail Stats: 4 miles round trip and here is our track. We did this loop counterclockwise which offered views of Mt. Rainier often. To add on one can always add on and go to Sheep Lake and beyond.
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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Monday, September 9, 2019

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

The extended forecasts through September 19, 2019 are keeping precipitation totals above normal. One of the reasons a trough of low pressure sets up off our coast at times. See map below.

500 mb (18,000') map average position for 9-15 to 9-19-2019

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Shriner Peak

The hike is off of Hwy 23 in Mt. Rainier Park. These photos are from last summer, so no flowers now. Instead perhaps some fall colors. This is a former fire lookout. However with thundershowers in the forecast you probably should not to go to the top. Other hikes are Granite Lakes  or Otter Falls

On the way up
Heather in the meadow

Mt. Rainier from the lookout
Lookout of course
Mt. Adams in the distance

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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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Most forecast models are showing some changes starting next week as a trough of low pressure (see map below)  sets up off our coast and just north of Washington at times. Most models are showing below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation for the 9-10 to 9-16.

500 mb (18,000') average position 9-10 to 9-16

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Thursday, August 29, 2019

Fagin’s Hike of the Week: Van Trump Park


This hike is at Mt. Rainier Park. On the way to Van Trump Park is a spectacular waterfall, Comet Falls. Once at Van Trump Park there are stunning views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. Also, there are still flowers out!

Comet Falls
Mt Rainier and Western Anemone
Bog Gentian 

Mt Adams

Directions:
Enter at the Nisqually entrance and then go 10 miles; parking lot is on the left side.

Trail Stats: Round trip to Van Trump Park is about 6 miles round trip and here is the track. If you also go to Mildred Point, that is a total 7 miles round trip.

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