Thursday, June 22, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Bandera Mountain

Updated 6-23-2017

Hike is off of I-90 west of Snoq Pass.Good workout. The photos were taken from last year but according to recent trip reports trail is snowfree except perhaps just a few patches at the very top. ..


View of the Olympics on the way up

McClellan Butte view from the top

Mike Samoya- crossing creek
View from top with clouds rolling in and out
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 45 (Forest Road 9030). Drive north, then stay left on FR 9030. About 1 mile from the freeway, stay left again, now on Mason Lake Road (FR 9031). At about 3.9 miles from the freeway, park..

Trail Stats: At about 3 miles fork to left goes to Mason Lake we take fork north and uphill. To the top is about 3.7 miles or total miles is 7.4 mile roundtrip and 3000 foot gain. Although some other reports show 8 miles total and 3400 foot gain




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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Washington Cascades Weather: Extended Outlook

Issued June 21, 2017

Forecast models all bring a strong ridge of high pressure at the surface and aloft over our region through the end of June. Thus much above normal temperatures and little to no precipitation. Too early to find a consensus fro early July.

500 mb map (18,000') for June 29


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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Iron Bear

Updated June 15, 2017

These photos were taken  from last year however according to recent trip reports there are many flowers like this out now. This  hike outside of Cle  Elum  Thanks to Alan Bauer for the photos.
Penstemon @ Alan Bauer
Bitteroot @ Alan Bauer
Indian Paintbrush @ Alan Bauer
Lunch spot at 5520' with view of Mt. Stuart @ Alan Bauer
Michael walking the ridge @ Alan Bauer
Driving directions: Drive east on Interstate 90 to US 97. About two miles north of Mineral Springs, look for Forest Service Road No. 9714 (Iron Creek Road) going off to the left (west). Continue about 3.5 miles to road's end and the trailhead and parking at 3,800 feet.  Many folks park 100 yards or so before the official trailhead due to road conditions.


Trail stats: From the trailhead take trail 1351  to the Knob at  (5489 feet) and this is about 6.4 miles round trip. Great views here. Some folks like to go to Jester Mountain which is about another 0.50 mile (north and east) at 5520 feet and the waypoints are :N47°22.324' & W120°321' . This is harder to find than the Knob at 5489 feet and views at the Knob are great.


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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued Tuesday June 13, 2017

Starting later this weekend and through next Wednesday June 21 forecast models suggesting a strong ridge of high pressure starts to build for a warming trend and dry pattern and this is from the European models.  However, NOAA suggests chances of rain on and off. I'm leaning towards the European model.

500 mb (18,000') for June 21


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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Norse Peak

Issued June 7, 2017

This hike is just below Crystal Mountain Resort. Wildflowers are just starting to come out at about 5000' level. However once we are at 5800' consistent snow is found. Bringing micro-spikes and trekking poles is very handy and have necessary skills on snow important. Probably at least a month before all the snow is gone. Or one can just hike to snowline and enjoy the scenery.
View from summit of Mt. Rainier and  lenticular cloud

Summit lunch

Flocks


Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on State Route 410 past the town of Greenwater and turn left on Crystal Mt Road. Drive 4.2 miles past milepost 4 to the fork at Gold Hill Road (which is not marked). Turn left and park on this road (next to Crystal Mt Road) and walk the road about .25 mile up (unmarked Gold Hill road) and you will find the Norse Peak trailhead on the left hand side which is also not marked.
Trail Stats: Hike Norse Peak number 1191 to the top which is about 5. miles or about 10 miles which is an elevation Gain 2400 ft and these are with the summer trail.  The high point of 6858 feet. We ran into snow at about 5800' so we left the trail and here is our track. 


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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Issued Tuesday June 6

We start to have some changes starting late Wednesday and into Thursday June 8. Forecast models show for the period of this Thursday through June 14 below normal temperatures and normal to perhaps above normal precipitation. This will be from troughs of low pressure that move in from the west at times. See map below.

Troughs of low pressure will move in from the west at times

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Friday, June 2, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Granite Lakes

Updated 6-2-2017

Trailhead  is just east of North Bend and is just past the trailhead of the ever popular Mailbox. This is a snowfree hike.
Granite Lake with west ridge of Defiance
View on the way towards the lake @Henryk Melcer
West ridge of Defiance from lake
Granite Creek roaring @Henryk Melcer
Trillium @Henryk Melcer
At the lake @Henryk Melcer
Start of trail @Henryk Melcer
Driving Directions: From Seattle, drive east on I-90 to exit 34 . Turn left (north) onto 468th Street and follow it to the junction with the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road (Forest Road 56). Turn right and continue up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Road go about 3 miles from the I-90 exit and park on the right in the small piece provided. Note that there can be some road closures especially during the summer weekdays

Trail Directions: Trail is 11.miles round trip to the lakes and is  2300 foot gain.  Here is the track


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