Saturday, July 11, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Thorp Lookout

These photos were from a prior trip in the fall. We just read several trip reports of recent reports here and there were several snow patches just below the lookout and folks used trekking poles. This hike offers great views and is located in the Salmon La Sac region, east of Snoq Pass.
Thorp Lookout- great views from the top @ Maria Lamarca Anderson



Lunch time sardines for (L to R) Bartlett,Frank and Hank. Server Brian
Matt (L) and Brian (R)
Views to the west
Mt. Rainier in the distance with Cle Elum Lake
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. Just past the upper end of the lake, turn left onto French Cabin Road (Forest Road 4308). Drive 3.25 miles on FR 4308 then turn right onto FR 4312 . Go 1.5 miles on FR 4312 to a gated road on the right and park here (don't block the gate). Walk about 1/4 to 1/2 mile on the road and go to trail  1316  which will be on the left.The last part of hike is on trail 1315.2. You can take side trip to the Lake and that only adds 0.50 miles roundtrip
Stats: 7 miles roundtrip and 2300 foot gain.


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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Sawyer Mountain

This hike is off of Hwy 2 near Skykomish, with great views of Mt. Rainier, Baker, Glacier Peak, Daniel and more. There are several snow patches: one at the beginning of the hike and then one close to the summit. Experienced hikers should have no issues crossing; trekking poles helped.
Flowers should be fully out in the next several weeks.


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 


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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

In the short term we will have  troughs of low pressure that move in and out of our region so temperatures  will tend to be below normal with normal precipitation. Then for much of  next week a ridge of high pressure (see map below) forms. This should bring  dry conditions for next week with temperatures close to normal to slightly above normal

500 mb map (18,000')  July 15, 2020


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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Crystal Peak

Snowfree hike and (if the weather cooperates) great views. This hike can be busy, so early start suggested. Most of hike is adjacent to Mt. Rainier Park.


Mt Rainier with lenticular cloud
Mt. Adams 
Flowers coming out on the hillside
Crystal Lake from the top of the peak
Driving directions: From Seattle take Highway 410.  Trail head is 4.5 miles past the Crystal Cutoff, with parking on the right.

Trail Stats: 7.8 miles round trip and a 3400 foot gain. Good workout, Here is the track

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models have a broad  trough of low pressure over our region at times and this should be the case through early July. This pattern will tend to bring below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation over this period, till July 10 or so.

500 mb (18,000' ) map for July 10, 2020



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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Sasse Ridge

This road was gated but still made a great hike with great views. The gate should open soon and once it does open  you can hike to Jolly Mountain, and or Sasse Mountain





Far right is Mt. Daniel and next to it (left) Hinman
3 Queens to the right
3 Queens
Trail Stats: Here is our track since we parked by gated road . We went close to 7 miles roundtrip about 1800' gain. Great views! Once the gate is open then you park at the trailhead and hike to Jolly Mountain and Sasse Mountain by starting on  Sasse Ridge trail. If you hike to both mountains total mileage close to 11 miles and less of course if you just hike one of them

Directions: Drive I-90 east to exit 80, and exit, heading north on Bullfrog Road (crossing the freeway). Pass through two roundabouts, following signs for 903, and pass through the town of Roslyn and Ronald. Just past the turnoff for Forest Road 46, look for an unsigned, paved road to the right. This is FR 4315 we were able to drive several miles before that gate. Once the gate is open you would drive it 7.5 miles (from the main road) to a parking area high above the Salmon La Sac valley.


Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Starting this coming weekend (6-27-2020) we will have some changes in the weather patterns. We can expect troughs of low pressure at times. With this pattern temperatures tend to be below normal and precipitation above normal. This should be the pattern till 7-6-2020.

500 mb (18,000') for June 30, 2020 5 pm


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