Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Mt Townsend and more

This hike is in the Olympics near the Hood Canal. The suggested hike is to Mt. Townsend with great views. We did a scramble to Welch Peaks which is very close.


Gourmet Mountain Sandwich made by Kayla Black 
View of Mt. Constance
View of Mt. Townsend from Welch Peaks
Mountain Feast!
Driving Directions to upper trailhead:

Take US 101 south from the Quilcene Ranger Station 0.9 miles. 

Take the slight right onto the Penny Creek Road and drive through the grounds of the Penny Creek Quarry. 

In 1.5 miles, take the left fork onto Forest Road 27 and follow it 13.5 miles before turning left onto FR27-190. The trailhead is at the end of this spur road. 

Trail stats: We started hike at Mt. Townsend trail hike to the very scenic trail. However about a mile before the top of Mt. Townsend we went left to the Silver Lake Trail. Instead of going to the lake we went to the saddle then went left (south) to scramble Welch Peaks. If you are comfortable going off trail and to scramble here is the track. If you are not comfortable with an off trail scramble then Mt. Townsend is a great option with great views!! To Mt. Townsend maps show 8 miles round-trip. Our track was just under 8 miles roundtrip.

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, September 13, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Gallagher Head Lake

Gallagher Head Lake


This hike is outside of Cle Elum in the Teanaway area. This trail has very gentle grade and offers views of Hawkins Mountain and Esmeralda Peaks.

View of Esmeralda Peaks on the way 
Gallagher Lake 
Hawkins Mountain 



Driving Directions: From Seattle take I-90 east to Cle Elum and take Hwy 970 about 7 miles to Teanaway Road and turn left. Follow this paved road and then turn right on gravel road, North Fork Teanaway (9737). Go about 8.5 miles and turn left on FR 9737-120 and go short distance to De Roux Campground and trailhead.
Trail stats: 8.5 miles and we did a very little off trail and about 2000' foot gain. 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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Thursday, September 6, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Upper Palisades Lake & Beyond


This hike is at  Mt. Rainier National Park via Sunrise entrance. If you like off trail and some scrambling continue on to Slide Mt. (south peak). See route.




Palisades seen just before the lake
 Upper Palisades Lake

Trail stats: 7 miles roundtrip to lake. (although a few GPS track at 8).  If you go to Slide Mountain than it is 9.6 miles roundtrip and here is the track 

Driving directions: Enter Mt. Rainier National Park via White River Campground entrance and drive up towards Sunrise and just before the Sunrise Visitor Center park at the Sunrise Point trailhead.



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, September 4, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued September 4, 2018

Starting early next week and continuing for much of next week a trough of low pressure will be off our coast to bring precipitation on and off for our region. With this forecast we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') for 9-11-2018

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Fremont Lookout

Updated: August 30, 2018. This is at Mt. Rainier National Park. The Sunrise entrance and this lookout offer great views.

Lookout @ Karen Sykes
Grand Park view from Lookout
View of Mt. Rainier on the way up
                  
Driving directions: From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Veer right onto the Sunrise Road and follow it 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the road's end.
Trail Stats: 5.6 miles roundtrip and 800 foot gain. Here is our track is on the way back we took a minor detour. Thus mileage 6.5

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, August 23, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Silver Peak

I have not hiked this yet this year but I just read a trip report and the trail and road is in good shape, although there are some rough spots. Photos here are from September of 2017.



View of Mt. Rainier from the top of Silver Peak @ Dennis Long


Below the summit taking a break @ Alan Bauer
Nice fall colors @ Alan Bauer
View of Annette Lake from the top @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions: Drive east along I-90 to Exit 54 . At the first intersection (stop sign) located on the west side of I-90, continue straight (south). On the other side of the intersection, the road becomes known as Hyak Drive East and  the road winds through the Hyak ski area and then passes a wasterwater facility. Hyak Drive East becomes known as Forest Road 9070.. Continue following Forest Road 9070 until its intersection with the Pacific Crest Trail the PCT trail junction occurs approximately 5.5 miles from I-90, in a clearcut area at approximately 3800' elevation. The location of this trail junction is also known as Windy Pass.
Trail stats: 6.5 miles roundtrip.Hike south along the PCT for approximately 2.0 miles, until a faint trail leading uphill on the right side (west side). The trail junction is unofficially marked, but a large cairn is typically at the location.  Follow the unofficial trail west for approximately 0.6 miles, until reaching a saddle (~4720' elevation) located between Silver Peak and Tinkham Peak.  From the saddle, turn right (north) and follow the trail to and up the south ridge of Silver Peak. The trail traverses through forest and meadows, passing by a minor forested highpoint (~4900' elevation), before heading up the open talus south ridge of the mountain to the open rocky summit (5605' elevation). 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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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

August 19, 2018

Forecast models starting to indicate some big changes starting this coming Friday August 24. A trough of low pressure will be off our coast at times for August 24 through the end of this month (see map below.) If this verifies we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. Not sure at this point how much precipitation we will have but we will monitor this.

500 mb (18,000') for 8-29-2018

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