Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated July 1, 2015

Forecast models continue the strong ridge of high pressure over our region and at this point through the middle of the month. Thus, we will continue with above normal temperatures and little to no precipitation.

500 mb map at 18,000 feet


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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Owyhigh Lakes

Updated July 1, 2015
With the hot weather this hike is in the shade much of the time and the wildflowers in prime conditions. Prefect hike now!! Thanks to Dennis Long for the photos and going to Mt. Rainier to get these photos.

Owyhigh Lakes @ Dennis Long
Beargrass @ Dennis Long
Meadows and flowers @ Dennis Long
Lots of flowers along the trail @ Dennis Long


Driving Directions: From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mt. Rainier  White River Entrance. Go about 3 miles to the trailhead parking area which is about 1 mile after crossing Shaw Creek.

Trail Stats: 8 miles roundtrip and 1650 feet gain.


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, June 23, 2015

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Updated June 23, 2015
Forecast models continue the warm and dry pattern through the first week of July. For much of the time we will have a ridge of high pressure in place for average normal temperatures and little to no precipitation. The map below shows this strong ridge in place.

500 mb map at 18,000'


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Fagin's Hike of Week- Mt Defiance via Mason Lake

Updated 6-23-2015

This hike is just west of Snoq Pass and offers great views and lots of wildflowers. If Mt. Defiance is too many miles for you , just stop at Mason Lake and that makes a wonderful hike. Thanks to Alan Bauer for the photos.
On the way to Defiance above Mason Lake @ Alan Bauer
Mason Lake a good destination or great place for a break @ Alan Bauer
Dennis at summit of Defiance @ Alan Bauer
View from Defiance @ Alan Bauer
Paint Brush @ Alan Bauer
Tiger Lily @ Alan Bauer




Driving Directions: From  I-90 and going east take Exit 45 (Forest Road 9030.) . At a fork 0.8 miles from I-90 take the left branch onto Road 9031. . At 3.8 miles from I-90, reach the large parking area for the Ira Spring Trail (#1038.) .

Trail Stats: 11 miles roundtrip and about 3600 gain.


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, June 16, 2015

Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated 6-16-2015

Forecast models tend to keep the ridge of high pressure that will remain over our region through the end of the month. So above normal temperatures with little to no precipitation will be the rule through the end of June.  However one exception is chance of a few showers this Friday June 19.

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Lake Caroline

Updated June 15,2015

Lake Caroline outside of Leavenworth currently is providing a great flower show. Also great views of the Mt. Stuart Range. Thanks to Alan Bauer for most of the photos.


View of Stuart Range from ridge above Lake Caroline @ Alan Bauer
Lyall's Mariposa Lily @ Alan Bauer
Queen's Cup @ Alan Bauer
Tiger Lily @ Alan Bauer
Forest recovering from fire @ Michael Fagin
View of Mt. Stuart @ Michael Fagin
Driving Directions: From US 2 just on the western side of Leavenworth, follow the paved Icicle Creek Road (Forest Road 76) for 8.4 miles, turning left onto Eightmile Road (FR 7601). Continue on this  dirt road for 3.1 miles to the trailhead.
Trail Stats: 11.5 miles roundtrip and 3100 foot gain.

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, June 10, 2015

Washington Cascades Weather: - Extended Outlook

Updated 6-10-2015

Starting this weekend and more likely next week the ridge of high pressure breaks down so we will have a trough of low pressure that sets up off our coast at times. Thus we will have some changes and from June 16 to June 22 we can expect normal to below normal temperatures with normal to perhaps slightly above normal precipitation.

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