Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Palisades

Updated  Wednesday May 24, 2017
This hike is good rain or shine although looks like lots for shine this weekend . Hike is off of Highway 410 near town of Greenwater .



View from our lunch spot SE towards Crystal Mt. area
Mt. Rainier poking out

Trail starts off steep @ Dennis Long

Moss lined trail, @ Alan Bauer
Stream crossing stream @ Dennis Long

Paintbrush


Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east about 28 miles on State Route 410, park on the left side of the highway parking is limited. Need trail pass. Trail is about 2 miles east of FS 73

Trail stats: Hike on trail number 1198  can go 2.5 miles (one way) to the a view point which is a 1000 foot gain. Or you can hike 3.7 miles (one way) to second viewpoint..Here is the track of our hike.

Directions are the best estimate. Please bring map and compass and GPS.




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Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

May 24, 2017

Starting this weekend and continuing through at least early next week models bring a strong upper level ridge of high pressure. This will bring above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. In fact some models keep this pattern in place through June 6, which I'm not confidence it will stay in place that long but we will see.  One thing seems for certain this ridge stays in place through at least early next week.

Upper level Ridge for Sunday May 28


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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Polallie Ridge

Issued May 18,2017

This hike is mostly (half the trip)  on snow so you will need excellent navigation skills and be comfortable on snow. We carried our snowshoes and did not need them as the snow is consolidated. We started on the summer trail and the 1 mile or so was mostly snowfree and all snow after that. But that was on May 11 so now probably go 1.5 miles mostly snowfree. We were able to drive with 1/8 of trail as one needed a high clearance vehicle to get to the trail but that was on May 11 so we assume you can drive to the trail.




Mt Daniel (left) and Cathedral Rock
Stuart Range
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Driving Directions: Take I-90 east and take exit 80 towards Roslyn. Go to State Hwy 903 north 17 miles to Salmon La Sac. Turn left on FR 4316 and follow it ot the trail
Trail Stats: Our route was 6 miles roundtrip to point 4900'. Here is a link to our route 


Route







Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: May 17, 2017

We start to have a big change in the weather patterns starting on Sunday May 21 and into early next week. So dry and much above daytime temperatures for early next week as we have a strong ridge of high pressure. Some models suggest this ridge stays in place for the rest of May but I'm not convinced of that at this point and would like to see more model runs.

Big ridge (500 mb-18,000') of high pressure for early next week

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Boulder River

Updated: May 12, 2017

This trail is just east of Arlington Washington off of Washington 530 and features a lush forest and minor ups and downs, so just minor elevation gain. Also some awesome waterfalls. I hiked this several years but current reports state that the trail is in good condition and no snow.

Great Waterfalls @ Don Geyer Photography
Old growth forest and lots of flat trail @ Rachel Robbins
Wildflowers @ Rachel Robbins
Boulder River @ Rachel Robbins
Driving directions: From Seattle drive I-5 north and exit Arlington state Highway 530. Drive about 20 miles just past milepost 41 on. Turn right on French Creek road (FS 2012). Drive 3.7 miles to trail.
Trail stats: 8.6 miles round trip and 700 foot gain. You can go shorter and get great views of waterfalls.


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Friday, May 5, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Stan's Overlook

Updated May 5, 2017

Folks have asked for a kid friendly hike and this is one. 2.6 miles one way and 1000' gain and close in hike on Rattlesnake Mountain. Nice views of mountains to the north and of Mt. Si. If you wanted a better work you can do the Rattlesnake Mountain which a little over 10 miles. I would get an early start on this week as it does get busy.
View to the north from Overlook
Mt Si
Above the marine layer
Flowering Currant





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



Directions are the best estimates that we have so please bring map and compass and or GPS.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued: May 3, 2017

Starting this weekend forecast models showing a mostly zonal pattern (wind from west to east) and we get alternating ridges of high pressure (dry conditions) and troughs of low pressure (wetter pattern). Thus, through May 13 we are thinking temperatures close to normal and precipitation close to normal or perhaps slightly above normal. You know the old saying, if you don't like the weather now just wait and it will quickly change.

500 mb (18,000') with trough off of our coast on May 13

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