Thursday, August 22, 2019

Fagin’s Hike of the Week: Van Trump Park


Hike is at Mt. Rainier Park. On the way to Van Trump Park is the spectacular waterfall,  Comet Falls. Once at Van Trump Park stunning views of Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams. Also 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 and parking lot is on the left side.
Trail Stats: Round trip to Van Trump Park is about 6 miles roundtrip and here is the track. If you also to Mildred Point then that is a total 7 miles roundtrip

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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Silver Peak

I just hiked this in early August of 2019 and trail in good shape. Road has some rough spots. Photos here are from September of 2017.


View of Mt. Rainier from the top of Silver Peak @ Dennis Long

Below the summit taking a break @ Alan Bauer
Nice fall colors @ Alan Bauer
View of Annette Lake from the top @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions:

Drive east along I-90 to Exit 54.

At the first intersection (stop sign) located on the west side of I-90, continue straight (south).

On the other side of the intersection, the road becomes known as Hyak Drive East and winds through the Hyak ski area, then passes a waster water facility.

Hyak Drive East becomes Forest Road 9070.

Continue following Forest Road 9070 until its intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail the PCT trail junction occurs approximately 5.5 miles from I-90, in a clear cut area at approximately 3800' elevation. The location of this trail junction is also known as Windy Pass.

Trail stats: 6.5 miles round trip.Hike south along the PCT for approximately 2.0 miles, until a faint trail leading uphill on the right side (west side). The trail junction is unofficially marked, but a large cairn is typically at the location.  Follow the unofficial trail west for approximately 0.6 miles, until reaching a saddle (~4720' elevation) located between Silver Peak and Tinkham Peak.  From the saddle, turn right (north) and follow the trail to and up the south ridge of Silver Peak. The trail traverses through forest and meadows, passing by a minor forested high point (~4900' elevation), before heading up the open talus south ridge of the mountain to the open rocky summit (5605' elevation). 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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Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

For much of next week, the  week of August 26, 2019, a ridge of high pressure builds at the surface and aloft. Many models suggest this will be the pattern through at least September 2. If this verifies then we can expect above normal temperatures will minor chances of rain.

500 mb (18,000") for August 29, 2019


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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. McCausland

This hike is best approached just east of Stevens Pass. Great views of Lake Valhalla and Glacier Peak.  and reasonable trail stats.

Lake Valhalla 
View to the north
On the way 
Driving directions: From Seattle take Hwy 2 east, Then about 4 miles after Stevens Pass you will turn left and cross Hwy 2 Westbound. You do actually go onto Hwy 2 westbound but cross it and you will be on Smilthbrook (FR 6700). Then go about 2.5 miles and you will find a big parking lot on the left for the Pacific Crest Trail
Trail Stats: 7 miles roundtrip 1700 feet gain here is our track. About 3 miles from the trailhead you will find an unmarked trail (to your right) and this goes up to the Mt. This turnoff is before dropping down to Lake Valhalla.
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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

For the period August 20 to August 26 forecast models bring us above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. This is mainly due to a zonal wind pattern. Zonal meaning from the west to the east off the Pacific.


500 mb (18,000') for the period 8-20 to 8-26


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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Alpine Lookout

Alpine Lookout is east of Stevens Pass and offers great views of Glacier Peak.  Thanks to Alan Bauer for many of the photos.

View of Glacier Peak from the top @ Alan Bauer
Michael power lounging at the top @ Alan Bauer


Lookout is closed for season, Frank (dog) is looking for some food


Old burn area on the way up @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions: Driving on US 2 from Stevens Pass continue east for 17 miles to the Nason Creek Rest Area and just past there, about a quarter mile beyond, turn left onto unsigned and easy-to-miss Forest Road 6910 (there is a row of mailboxes). Cross Nason Creek and stay on the main road and at about 4.5 miles from US 2 go right onto a narrow, rough road and in about .2 miles you have reached the  trailhead which is about 4.7 miles from US 2. Note that within the first mile of FR 6910 there is big dip in the road that has been repaired. 4 wheel drive and good clearance is suggested. The rest of the road is in decent shape.

Trail stats: Go on trail number 1529 and go 1.6 miles to junction of Nason Ridge trail (#1583). Turn left (west) and go 3.3 miles to junction on the right. Finally, go short .3 miles to the top. 11  miles roundtrip and 3100 feet gain. Here is our track


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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models are starting to show that the ridge of high pressure that has been in place over the Northwest will break down. So many of the extended models are showing a trough of low pressure starts to form off our coast. If this verifies we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation for the period of August 14 to August 20.

500 mb (18,000') average position for 8-14 to 8-200