Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 1-17-2018

Forecast models for much of the remainder of the month have troughs of low pressure that drop down from the Gulf of Alaska. This type of pattern will add to our snowpack and provide above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures.

500 mb map (18,000') for 1-25-2018




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Thursday, January 11, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Granite Lakes

Updated January 11, 2018

This was hiked this past Monday before the new snow that just (1-11-2018) occurred at about 3000 feet. So might need snowshoes if you want to go to the hike. However I would think most (90%+)of the trail is fine without snowshoes.


Hike looking north several miles into the hike
Michael crossing bridge @ Dennis Long
Just before the lakes
Granite Lakes photo taken this past summer, snow now
Trail stats: New trail is about 8 miles roundtrip to the lakes. Here is our track we stop just stop of the hike. This was about 1/4 mile away from the lakes. 

Driving directions: Take exit 34 from I-90. Head north on 468th Ave SE for approximately half a mile until the intersection with the SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right onto the Middle Fork Road. Follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.2 miles to the stop sign at the junction with SE Dorothy Lake Road. Head left onto SE Middle Fork Road and drive .3 miles to Mailbox trailhead. However continue 2.3 miles to the new  .

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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Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fagin's Ski-Snowshoe of the Week- Stevens Pass Nordic

Updated 1-4-2018
Groomed ski trails and snowshoe trails just 5 miles east of Stevens Pass (U.S. Hwy 2). Lot of trails to enjoy.
Several miles out on the trail with views to southwest
Freshly groomed trails
Henryk  enjoying his new skis
Cascade Depot warm place to eat your lunch 
@Henryk Melcer
Michael skiing @Henryk Melcer
Trails stats: There are 28 kilometers (17 miles) of groomed trails. 

Driving directions: From Seattle drive east on U.S. Hwy 2 to Stevens Pass and once at the pass drive 5 miles to the east and then turn right into the lot. 
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, January 3, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 1-3-2018
Starting later this week we will start to have weather systems moving in and out of our region and often a zonal flow (from west to east). This pattern generally brings near normal temperatures and precipitation. Thus we should be able to maintain our current snowpack which is from 100 to 120% over much of Washington. Over the extended 10 to 15 day period we will  have a ridge that moves in at times (see map below.)

500 ma (18,000') for 4 pm Jan 12, 2018



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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Fagin's Hike-Ski-Snowshoe of the Week- Cold Creek to Windy Pass

Issued December 27, 2017

This at located at Snoq Pass at the Nordic Center
This is normally groomed and open Friday through Sunday and holidays.  was helpful. You can ski or snowshoe this and we went up to Windy Pass which offers great views.
At Windy Pass view of Granite
Another view  from Windy Pass The Tooth rocky one
At start of ski view of Keechelus Lake
Much of the trail has a  gentle slope  except last mile
Part way up Jim and George take break
Trails stats: Take the Cold Creek trail.
This is 10 miles roundtrip if you go to Windy Pass.

Driving directions: From Seattle take Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass to exit 54. Exit I-90, turn right and go to the end of the Hyak Parking Lot and walk to the Milwaukee Lodge which is at the start of the trail.
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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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Oyster Dome

Updated: December 22, 2017

Just south of Bellingham this is a great hike and we went to Samish Overlook, then to Oyster Dome and then to Lily Lake. There is forecast of light snow and cold temperatures so  you might want to bring your micro-spikes. Best to this Saturday or Sunday. If you want to ski this is always a good one Cabin Creek 

View west from Samish Overlook
View from the Dome toward Olympics-hazy day
View at Lily Lake


Driving directionsFrom Seattle drive I-5 north , take the Chuckanut Drive exit off of I-5 (exit 231). Drive north just past the 10 mile post on Chuckanut Drive (SR 11) and park on the paved, wide place on the west shoulder. Be very-very careful on parking on the shoulder and if your car's tire is over the "fog line" you will be towed.
Trail stats: To the Overlook then to the Dome and to Lily Lake and back it is close to 8 miles total. 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, December 19, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued December 19, 2017

Most forecast models bring cool temperatures through the end of the year and below normal precipitation. This will be the case since we will have a ridge of high pressure (see map) in place at times and this will steer most wet systems away from us. However we will have some precipitation at times but should be on the lighter side.

500 mb (18,000') for December 27, 2017

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