Friday, September 30, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Baldy

Updated: 9-28-2016

This hike is just east of Snoq Pass and starts at trail that goes to Easton Ridge. This is steep in places and part of the hike is on unmarked trail so you want a good map and compass and or GPS. Jerry did  the the track for this.
View of Cle Elum Lake and Stuart Range @ Dave Bobroff
Cool and breezy summit @ George Mead
Jerry taking a break on way up @ George Mead


Directions: From Seattle drive I-90 east and get off at Exit 70. Proceed over the freeway and turn left onto frontage road. Then turn right on FS Road 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road). Stay on Road No. 4818 go less then one mile to an unsigned road junction, turn right at an unmarked road which is at  Waypoint N47.15.976 W121.11.154@ 2260' .
Continue about 3/4 mile to the trailhead elevation 2,368 feet (it is also the trailhead for Easton Ridge). Waypoints at Trailhead are N 47.16.03 W 121.10.28 Careful trail is hard to find.



Trail Stats
Here is the track and thanks Jerry Retzlaff. It is 8 miles roundtrip and 3300 foot gain.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Labyrinth Mountain

Updated: September 24, 2016

Short and steep hike to Minotaur Lake. Then follow boot patch to the top of Labyrinth Mt. and this is a low end scramble and some might say "a walk up." Great views and this hike is off of Hwy 2.


Glacier Peak
Brian and Frank (dog) at the lake
View from the top looking east
Minotaur Lake @ Alan Bauer
Theseus Lake on the way up @ Alan Bauer
Last part of the scramble to the top @ Alan Bauer
Driving directions: From Everett head east on US 2 for 65 miles to Stevens Pass. Continue east for another 4 miles. onto Smith Brook Road (Forest Road 6700). (From Leavenworth reach the turnoff in 30 miles.) Follow FR 6700 and go past Smithbrook trailhead and then past Nason Ridge Trailhead. At about 4 3/4 miles from Stevens there is a sharp left fork and take this and this is still FS 6700. Than at 6.8 miles from Stevens Pass turn left onto FR 6704. Proceed for 0.9 mile to the road's end and trailhead (elev. 3800 ft).

Trail stats: To lake only 1.60 miles and 1750 feet. That is steep!!! But worth it. Lake at 5500 feet. Top or Labyrinth is at 6376 a scramble.

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 20, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 9-20-2016

For the period 9-27 to 10-3 forecast models show a trough of low pressure (see map below) to our north at times and this type of pattern generally brings below normal temperatures and precipitation over the Washington Cascades.

500 mb map at 18,000 for 9-30-2016


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rachel Lake

Updated 9-15-2016

Great fall hike with colors "usually" peaking at the end of September or early October as some of these fall photos were taken then several years ago. This hike is just east of Snoq Pass.



Frank (dog) going for swim @ Brian Fagin
Waterfalls and colors!! @Shellie Oakley


View of Hibox Mountain @Shellie Oakley
Fall colors and Randy Oakley blending together @Shellie Oakley

Driving Directions
From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 62 (signed "Kachess Lake"). Turn left from the exit ramp and drive northeast and follow the signs to Lake Kachess Campground. Turn left on FR 4930, which goes about 4 miles to a large parking lot and the trailhead at the road's end.

Trail stats
Roundtrip 8.0 miles, Elevation Gain 1600 feet, highest Point 4600 feet.


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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 9-13-2016
Most forecast models indicating the continued dry pattern with above normal temperatures and ridge of high pressure over our region through this Friday. Then chance of some precipitation over the weekend as a  system moves in. Although the models differ on the amounts. Then the ridge rebuilds on Monday 9-19 for dry and warm conditions returning of the upcoming week.
However some models suggesting some changes as the ridge of high pressure starts to flatten later next week (9-23 see map below) and if this pattern verifies we can expect some cooling and chance of some showers as a trough of low pressure moves in from the west to northwest.

500 mb chart at 18,000 on 9-23-2016


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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Beverly Creek Turnpike

Updated 9-8-2016

Hike in the Teanaway where it is almost always sunny. There are always great views.
Mt. Stuart Range
On the way up @ Alan Bauer
Volcanic Neck

Driving Directions: From Cle Elum, travel east/northeast on Highway 970 for about 8.5 miles. Turn left on Teanaway Road and travel for 7.3 miles. Turn right (north) on North Fork Teanaway Road for 5.8 miles. At the end of the pavement, turn right onto FS Road 9737 and follow it for 3.7 miles to FS Road 9737-112 and go 1.5 miles to the trailhead.

Trail stats: Hike less than 1 mile on an old road and at junction with Bean Creek Trail go left on Beverly Creek Trail (#1391)  and cross the creek and continue on the trail close to 3 miles to Fourth Creek Pass junction. Turn right (east) and go about  0.50 mile for great views. Total gain about 2500 feet and 8.2 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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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated 9-7-2016

Starting mainly next week the forecast models are showing a ridge of high pressure that builds for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. The ridge of high pressure is shown at the map below for September 17.

500 mb map at 18,000 for 9-17-2016


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