Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Camano Island


Updated July 19, 2017

3 state parks to enjoy hikes with views Saratoga Passage with the Olympics in the background, that is what Cama Beach State Park offers as well as Camano Island State Park.   

Oh don't forget this sometimes forgotten hidden park that has views of the Cascades including  Mt. Rainier in the distance and up front and close Mt. Baker. This is Iverson Spit Preserve. Make sure you plug in 3 Iverson Road Camano Island on your GPS or Smartphone as there are not any signs directing you here. The other parks are easy to find.

Iverson Spit Preserve
Several miles of hikes on the preserve and on the beach. Great spot to bring a lunch and enjoy the great views. Also on a warm day folks can soak feet in the water.
View of 3 Fingers
Mt. Baker
Draft wood and flowers on beach


This park has offers many  great hikes and  these are shorter hikes. Our favorite was the Bluff Loop Trail and Cranberry Lake. Here are some of the trails.


View of Saratoga Passage from Bluff Trail

Bluff Trail is in forest

Cama Beach

Three miles of hiking trails some in the forest and you can check out the beach.  Here is a a map of the trails

View of the Olympics
Boating is very popular

Directions:

For Camano Island State Park Go north on I 5 from Seattlet. Take exit 212 for Highway 532, signed Stanwood/Camano Island. After exiting the freeway, turn left at the light onto 532. 

In 9.8 miles come to a Y, stay left (signed for parks). In eight miles, turn right onto Mountain View Road. There is a gas station/grocery store on the right just before the turn. In just under two miles turn left onto Lowell Point Rd. In .7 miles turn right into day use (left for hiking trails). Cama Beach State Park is one mile to the north. For Iverson Spit put  3 Iverson Road in your Smartphone and or GPS.

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, July 12, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Melakwa Lake

Updated 7-12-2017

I hiked this last year but I did check out several recent trip reports and this trail is open and snowfree.

Waterfalls part way to the lake

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River crossing popular spot in summer
One will always find happy hikers

Melakwa Lake 
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 47 . Turn left over the overpass and proceed to a  junction. Turn right and travel 0.25 mile to Denny Creek Road (Forest Road 58). Turn left and drive 2.5 miles, turning left on the paved road just after the Denny Creek Campground. The trailhead is at the road's end

Trail Stats: 9 miles roundtrip and 2300 foot gain. However some folks have indicated that is it is closer to 11.5 mile roundtrip. .



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Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated July 12, 2017

Forecast models for today through at least July 25 have a ridge of high pressure that is anchored over the Southwest and a weak trough of low pressure to our northwest (see map below). This pattern will bring dry conditions over our area with normal to slightly above normal daytime temperatures.

500 mb map (18,000') for July 19


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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Big Greider Lake

Updated July 6, 2017

Off of Highway 2 in the Sultan Basin is a great snowfree hike. Thanks to Alan Bauer for the photos. The hike starts on an old road and once on the trail you will hike to 3 lakes.



Big Greider Lake @ Alan Bauer
On the way up by Little Greider Lake @ Alan Bauer
Near the begiinning of the hike you will find Spada Lake @ Alan Bauer



Driving Directions:
US 2 east to from Everett to Sultan. Turn left onto Sultan Basin Road just after milepost 23. And follow it for a little over 13 miles, the last 3 of which are unpaved but in great condition. At that point, stop off at a kiosk to sign in and acknowledge that you will follow the rules of hiking in the area. Make sure you stop here, as you could be cited and fined if you don’t register. After the kiosk, continue following the road, keeping right at the Y onto forest road 61. Another 5 miles on a well-maintained gravel road will take you to the trailhead. 



Trail stats: Close to 11 miles roundtrip and about 2000' gain. Here is the track 

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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated July 4, 2017

Forecast models have an upper level ridge of high pressure over the west coast through at least July 13, (see map) and a trough of low pressure near Vancouver Island. This pattern will bring above normal temperatures and dry conditions till at least July 13 and probably beyond.

500 mb (18,000') map for July 13


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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Crystal Peak

Updated June 28, 2017

There are just 2 very small snow patches near the top that are easy to cross. These patches should be melted out in a week or so. On a clear day you can see 5 volcanic mountains: to the south Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, Mt. Hood, and Mt. St. Helens. To the north was Glacier Peak. There were some clouds to the northwest so we could not see Mt. Baker.
Mt. Adams
Rainier up close
White River and Mt. Rainier 
Lots of flowers on the way up

Driving directions: From Seattle take Highway 410.  Trail head is 4.5 miles past the Crystal Cutoff, with parking on the right.

Trail Stats: 7.8 miles round trip and a 3400 foot gain. Good workout, Here is the track 

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Washington Cascades Weather - Extended Outlook

June 28, 2017
Over the next several weeks forecast models  have alternating patterns of a weak ridge of high pressure that forms over our region and than a weak trough of low pressure off our coast. The net impact of this pattern will tend to bring normal to slightly below normal temperatures and little to no rainfall. This should be the pattern till July 10.

500 mb (18,000') for July 6, weak trough off our coast

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