Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades Extended Outlook

Issued October 17, 2017

All forecast models point to a wet pattern this week. However a ridge of high pressure will rebuild  for much of next week for a return of above normal daytime temperatures and below normal rainfall.

500 mb (18,000') has a ridge of high pressure on October 27

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated October 11, 2017

Most models bring troughs of low pressure dropping down from the Gulf of Alaska at times through October 24. With that pattern we can expect below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') Thursday October 19


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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rachel Lake

Updated 10-10-2017

Great fall hike with colors peaking now. Hike is 12 miles east of Snoq Pass. However please note there is been new snow this week so you can expect up to 6 to 10 inches of snow at the lake. These photos were taken before the recent snow. The hike starts at 3000 feet so perhaps a dusty there and much of the new snow is close to 4000.



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


View of Hibox
Above Rachel Lake
Fall colors at peak
Hibox in distnace
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. To the lake. Here is a track as I hiked above the lake towards Alta Peak and added another 1.25 miles or so.

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, October 3, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued: 10-3-2017

This weekend will bring some cooling and chance of precipitation. Then for much of next week a ridge of high pressure rebuilds  (see map below)  for warning daytime temperatures and dry conditions  for much of the upcoming week..

500 mb (18,000') strong ridge

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Grand Park

Updated:10-2-2017

Mt. Rainier Park and the Grand Park hike is always a great one and going the backway is much shorter than if you started at the Sunrise area. .
Fall is here
Lots of fall colors
Long flat meadow!
Bog Gentian end of summer flower, take last year @ Dennis Long
Zoomed in view of Fremont Lookout @ Dennis Long
Always time to relax in the meadow @ Dennis Long
Driving directions: Drive state Route 410 about 24 miles east of Enumclaw and just past the viewpoint of Mount Rainier turn right onto Forest Service Road No. 73. Drive 10 miles to sign that says “Eleanor Creek.” There is not a trailhead sign but park on the right and you will see a boot path on the left. Walk a short distance and you will see sign that you have entered the National Park.

Trail stats: 8.5 miles roundtrip (towards the end of the meadow)  and about 1500 foot elevation gain. Here is our track we added some extra wondering. .


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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Easton Ridge

Updated 9-28-2017
Hike is still snowfree and just east of Snoq Pass.
Mt. Stuart
Lake Cle Elum @ Kim Scattarella
Lake Kachess @ Kim Scattarella
Frank enjoying the views  hunting season starts for some areas  so  bright colors 

Bridge crossing of Silver Creek @ Dennis Long
From FS 4818  turn right on an unmarked road with this reflector (the reflector is now gone!)  next to it Waypoint N47.15.976 W121.11.154@ 2260'
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-- on  (see photo above). Continue about 3/4 mile to the trailhead trail 1315 (Silver Creek) , 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: Initially for a very short distance follow sign for for Silver Creek  trail 1315 but in less than 1/8 a mile you will notice a dirt path (on your right- unmarked) and  turn right on a path to the creek. Then once next to creek and on trail turn left and go a short distance upstream you’ll find the bridge and cross bridge and continue there and follow trail. In about a mile or so , at 3400 feet, you will reach a ridge top and turn right and follow trail 1212 and enjoy ridge top views. From the trailhead to the rocky outcroppings on the ridge crest it is approximately 7 miles round-trip with about 1,700-1,900 feet elevation gain. High point is at about 4500 feet.. Here is the track and we did a side to the north for a view.


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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Washington Cascades Weather: Extended Outlook

Issued 9-27-2017
Starting this weekend and continuing into early next week we can expect a trough of low pressure off our coast (see map below). This will bring a cooling pattern with above normal precipitation and below normal temperatures. However by next Friday (10-6) models suggest normal temperatures.
500 mb (18,000') shows trough off our coast early next week


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