Sunday, June 19, 2016

Fagins' Hike of the Week- Navaho Pass

Updated: June 19,2016

We hiked this several years ago about the same time of the year and understand from recent trip reports that we have similar conditions.  Hike is snowfree up to 6000 feet with wildflowers out and great views of the Mt. Stuart Range. Hike is in the Teanaway area. Thanks to Alan Bauer for photos.
Michael heading to the Pass, Earl Peak to left @ Alan Bauer
Tiger Lilly @ Alan Bauer
Jeffery's shooting star @ Alan Bauer
At the pass with lunch and Stuart Range @ Alan Bauer





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. At the first road junction after crossing the bridge over Stafford Creek, turn right onto Forest Road 9703 (signed "Stafford Creek") and drive 2.5 miles to the Stafford Creek trailhead, found just after crossing Stafford Creek.

Trail Stats: 12 miles roundtrip and 3000 foot elevation 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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Sunday, June 12, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: June 12, 2016

The shorter term forecast through June 19 will bring a trough of low pressure over our region at times so we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Then close to June 24 (see map below) we start to have a ridge of high pressure builds so we can expect above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the later part of June.

500 mb map 18,000' for June 24- ridge

 
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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Annette Lake

 Issued June 12, 2016

Snowfree hike that is close in and off of I-90 and is a pretty alpine lake. Get an early start on the weekends as this is a busy hike.


At the lake @ Chienhtsai

View of Annette Lake from the top of Silver Peak @ Alan Bauer
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Driving directions:Exit #47 from I-90. Turn south at the first stop sign and then turn left on FS Road #55. Drive 0.25 mile to the large parking lot on the right. The trail begins at the east end of the parking lot, up the gravel road and to the left.


Trail Stats: 7.5 miles roundtrip and 1400 foot gain.


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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.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued June 3, 2016

Starting June 8 and continuing to June 10 we have some cooling as several troughs of low pressure drop down from the north. So normal to slightly below normal temperatures over this period. Also normal to slightly above normal precipitation for this period.

Then starting on June 12 we have (see map below) a weak ridge of high pressure in place which should bring normal to perhaps slightly above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation till the middle of the month. In fact some of the US forecast models suggest most of June will have above normal temperatures as we are under a ridge of high pressure; we will see if that verifies.


Weak ridge for June 12 at 500 mb- 18,000'

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Kelly Butte

Updated June 1 2016

These photos were taken in July several years ago. However my friend was just out there last week and you can drive to the trailhead and just a few snow patches on the trail. Flowers are starting to come out as well. Thanks to Dennis Long for photos.


Bear grass (or have seen beargrass spelling) and view of Mt. Rainier @ Dennis Long
The Lookout @ Dennis Long
The start and view of Kelly Butte @ Dennis Long
Paintbrush @ Dennis Long
Driving Directions: About two miles past Greenwater, turn left from Highway 410 onto paved Forest Road 70. All mileage readings are from this junction. At 8 miles, turn left onto a road signed 7030 and an arrow. There is about 10 feet of pavement, then gravel. This section of 7030 has some washboard driving surface. At 8.3 miles cross a bridge and pass some campsites.
At 11.9 miles, come to a T and turn left, staying on unsigned 7030. (A right turn will take you toward Colhoquon and Pyramid Peak and PCT trailheads.) The rest of 7030 has a couple of steep sections and falling rock areas. At 12.4 miles go straight, not right and uphill.
At 13.1 miles turn right. At this time there is a sign that indicates that the road to the right is 7030; the road straight ahead is signed 7032.  Pass side roads at 13.6 and 14.1 miles. The rough road to the Kelly Butte “trailhead” is on your left at 14.4 miles from Highway 410.

Trail Stats: 3.4 miles roundtrip and 1100 foot gain to top at 5409 feet


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Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued June 1, 2016

This weekend promises warm and sunny conditions under a strong ridge of high pressure. However the extended forecast suggest some changes.  From about June 6 to June 11 a trough of low pressure will be off our coast at times and bring above normal precipitation and normal temperatures over the period.

500 mb map at 18,000' June 11

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Friday, May 27, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Iron Bear

Updated May 27, 2016

Yearly hike outside of Cle  Elum and peak flower time on Iron Bear trail. Enjoy this wonderful hike and views of Mt. Stuart. 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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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.