Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued May 23, 2018

Many of the extended models bring the Washington Cascades above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. This will be the pattern through June 5. However, the European model (see below) shows a trough of low pressure at times and a ridge of high pressure at times. So this will bring more normal temperatures and precipitation.

500 mb -18,000 feet for May 31, 2018
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week - Iron Bear

Updated May 21, 2018

Some of these photos were taken in a prior year (Alan Bauer) and others just taken. Flowers should be prime for the next several weeks. Just one tiny snow patch but this should be gone soon. This  hike outside of Cle  Elum.
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Lunch spot at 5520' with view of Mt. Stuart @ Alan Bauer

Penstemon @ Alan Bauer
Bitteroot @ Alan Bauer
Indian Paintbrush @ Alan Bauer
Michael walking the ridge @ Alan Bauer
2018 Balsamroot @Fagin
Mt, Rainier @ Fagin
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 (5489 feet), This is about 6.4 miles round trip. Great views here. Here is our track.  Some folks like to go to Jester Mountain which is about another 0.50 mile (north and east) at 5520 feet. The waypoints are :N47°22.324' and W120°321' . This is harder to find than the Knob at 5489 feet and views at the Knob are great.

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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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt Si via new Mt. Teneriffe Trail

Updated 5-18-2018
Great hike and is snowfree. Hike up the the new Mt Teneriffe trail (not going to Teneriffe)  and do a short traverse to the Mt. Si trail. Then go down the Mt. Si. trail. Thanks to Alan Bauer for photos. We did it as a two car shuttle and parked one car at the new Teneriffe lot and the other car at the Mt. Si lot.
Lunch time for Michael
View of Mt. Rainier
Hiking up old logging road that has been converted to trail

Driving directions: From Seattle take I-90 to exit 31 and go north (into town- North Bend). Then at North Bend Way turn right. In less than a mile you'll see the turnoff for Mount Si Road on the left and turn. If you have two cars park one at Mt. Si trail. Then take the other car and drive along Mt. Si road park at the new Teneriffe lot (this is about 3 miles from North Bend Way). .
Trail stats:  Hike up new Teneriffe Trail  about 4.7 miles  and on left you will find an unmarked old road. This is the traverse section, located at GPS waypoint of N 47.30.425 W 121.43.657 and  3600'. Continue on this traverse trail section for .8 miles. Great lunch stop - right below Haystack on bench. The hike down is 4 miles. Total if you have a car shuttle is 9.50 miles (some list a little over 10 miles) and 3500 foot gain. You need a Discover Pass to park. 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, May 15, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued May 15, 2018

Most models have a ridge of high pressure in place at times and then a trough of low pressure that briefly moves. With this type of pattern in place we can expect slightly above normal temperatures and normal to slightly above normal precipitation.

500 mb map (18,000') for May 25, 2018
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Thursday, May 10, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Bandera Mountain

Updated May 11, 2018

Time didn't permit going to the summit, however we did get just past the junction where the trail splits to go to Mason Lake. The way up to ridge top is snowfree. We understand from other hikers that the last 1/2 to 3/4 of mile to Bandera had some snow but no snowshoes needed. Trekking poles were handy and some folks had micro-spikes and others didn't.

McClellan Butte
Just west of Bandera
Mt. Rainier
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.

Trail Stats: At about 3 miles fork to left goes to Mason Lake. We took the fork north and uphill toward Bandera. We only went 3 miles. Here is our track. The top is about 4 miles one way and about 3400 foot gain.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Palisades

Updated  May 4, 2018 

This hike is good rain or shine . Hike is off of Highway 410 near town of Greenwater . I did not hike this yet this year but according to recent trail update this is snowfree till 4000 feet or 4 miles in. Thanks to Dennis Long and Alan Bauer for photos.




Some steep elevation gain, where is the escalator?, @ Dennis Long

Moss lined trail, @ Alan Bauer
Fagin crossing stream @ Dennis Long

Photo below is view at 2.5 miles in @ Alan Bauer
Views of cliffs


Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east about 28 miles on State Route 410, park on the left side of the highway parking is limited. Need trail pass. Trail is about 2 miles east of FS 73

Trail stats: Hike on trail number 1198  can go 2.5 miles (one way) to the a view point which is a 1000 foot gain. Or you can hike 3.7 miles (one way) to second viewpoint..

Directions are the best estimate. Please bring map and compass and GPS.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued May 2, 2018

For today through May 15 forecast models bring a ridge of high pressure at times and this will tend to bring above normal temperatures. The ridge will break down at times so there will be some weather systems that move in to bring some precipitation at times. However we are just expecting normal to slightly above normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') for May 12


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