Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

For much of the period  of 10-16-2019 through 10-20-2019  we can expect heavy precipitation for the Cascades and with snow levels dropping to 5000 to 6000 feet at times so we will be getting mountain snow. However for the period 10-22-2019 to 10-28-2019 we start to get an upper level ridge of high pressure that builds for a return to a drier pattern.

500 mb (18,000") for period 10-22 to 10-28


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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Thorp Lookout

This hike offers great views and is located in the Salmon La Sac region, east of Snoq Pass.  Just did hike on October 9, 2019 and there was 5 inches of snow near top. With melting and freezing of snow there will be some ice so micro-spikes suggested. Should do soon before heavy snows come.
View to the north from the top
Lookout @ Denis DuBois
Going up @ Denis DuBois
Fall colors @ Denis DuBois



Photo from a summer hike Lunch time sardines for (L to R) Bartlett,Frank and Hank. Server Brian
Mt. Rainier in the distance with Cle Elum Lake taken in the summer
Easy to miss turn off
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 on road and cross stream and  1/8 of a mile on road, then see sign for Thorp and turn left. Walk another about 1/8 of a mile and hard to see sign is on the left. Easy to miss (see photo) and this is trail  1316 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. 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, October 8, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Starting this weekend forecast models bring an active storm track over the region through October 22, 2019. Thus we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Thus we will be getting some mountain snow at 4000 feet and above.

500 mb map (18,000') for 10-16-2019 trough off our coast


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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Hope Lake and Beyond

This trail has some snow on it so maybe carry micro-spikes. Less than an 1" of  snow at the lake and maybe 5" in the shaded parts at 5200' south of the lake on the PCT.

View south of Hope Lake
Another view on the PCT south of Hope Lake
Hope Lake

Trail Stats: We just went to Trap Pass and here is track which is close to 6 miles roundtrip and 2000 foot gain .
Driving Directions:
From Seattle head east on US 2 (note you cannot access this westbound)
About 12 miles east of Skykomish as you round the crest of the deep curve over Tunnel Creek turn right on Forest Road 6095.
This is about 1/2 mile past MP 60.
Sadly the road is not signed, however we had google map on and it showed this road. Past the turn US 2 turns into a 4 lane road which means you missed your turn.
Continue on FR 6095 1.2 miles to the Trail for Tunnel Creek.

Please note on your return home to Seattle you will have to first go east towards Stevens Pass briefly before you can turnaround and head back west.

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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Forecast models continue with the pattern of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. So will have an active pattern of weather systems moving in and out of our region. This should be the pattern through 10-14-2019.  However in between the precipitation we will  have some sunny conditions.

500 mb (18,000') for 10-8-2019 at 5 pm trough off our coast

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Thursday, September 26, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Iron Peak

This hike is in the Teanaway area t great views from the ridge top.  You can continue to the summit with views of Mt. Stuart and Mt. Rainier and Mt. Daniel. One can stop at the ridge top and not go to the summit and still get great views



View of Stuart Range from the top
On the way up some fall colors
Mt. Stuart
Alan enjoying the views

Driving directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. Continue north for almost to road end and trailhead is on the right and small parking on left and is 0.5 miles past De Roux Campground . If you driven to the end of the road you have driven too far

Trail Stats: 7 miles 2700  foot gain and the peak is at 6510 feet. 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 24, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

All the forecast models bring troughs of low pressure and associated colder air into our region. This will be the pattern starting this Thursday (9-26) and continuing into early October. Thus we can expect daytime temperatures to be much below normal with precipitation close to normal to above normal.

500 mb (18,000') average position 10-1 to 10-7-2019



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