Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Granite Lakes

This was hiked on 11-17-2018 and there is not any snow. There might be some new snow by 11-23-2018. This is a new trailhead past the Mailbox trailhead with a "BIG" parking lot.




At the lake with Mt. Defiance in background
Another photo at the lake
At the lake
View towards Bessemer Mt
Trail stats: Close to 9 miles roundtrip to the lake from the new trailhead. Here is our track.

Driving directionsTake exit 34 from I-90. Head north on 468th Ave SE for approximately half a mile until the intersection with the SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right onto the Middle Fork Road. Follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.2 miles to the stop sign at the junction with SE Dorothy Lake Road. Head left onto SE Middle Fork Road and drive .3 miles to Mailbox trailhead. However continue 2.3 miles to the new  .

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Easton Ridge

Most of the trail is snowfree, but some spots near the top have maybe up to 1" of snow. This was just hiked on 11-12-2018.
Mt. Stuart
Mt. Rainier 
Lake Cle Elum @ Kim Scattarella
Lake Kachess @ Kim Scattarella
Frank enjoying the views. Hunting season starts for some areas so remember your bright colors!

Bridge crossing of Silver Creek @ Dennis Long
From FS 4818  turn right on an unmarked road (the reflector is now gone!) next to:
 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.

Turn right on FS Road 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road). Stay on Road No. 4818 for 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. This 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.


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, November 14, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Extended forecast out towards the end of November 2018 has a ridge of high pressure in place at times. This type of pattern will bring above normal daytime temperatures and below normal precipitation. Thus, the odds of getting some skiing in over Thanksgiving are diminished.

500 mb map (18,000') shows a ridge in place for parts of next week

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Monday, November 5, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades - Extended Outlook

Most of the models bring a ridge of high pressure at times for the period November 11 through the 15 (see map below.) In fact we will have a ridge at times through November 19. If this verifies we can expect normal to above normal temperatures with below normal precipitation.
Mean position of ridge for 11-12-2018 to 11-15-2018
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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mailbox

This photos are from last fall but I just read a trip report and this is still snowfree. Great views on a clear day,
Thanks to Kim Scattarella for some of the photos.

Richard Sherman in the mailbox @ Kim
Kim at the mailbox
View on the way up @ Kim
Directions: Take exit 34 from I-90. Head north on 468th Ave SE for approximately half a mile until the intersection with the SE Middle Fork Road. Turn right onto the Middle Fork Road. Follow SE Middle Fork Road 2.2 miles to the stop sign at the junction with SE Dorothy Lake Road. Head left onto SE Middle Fork Road and drive .3 miles. Take the turnoff to the trailhead on the right and continue a short distance up the paved road to the paved parking.
Trail stats: 4000 foot gain and miles are about 11.5 miles given some of the recent changes. Might be slightly higher.
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, November 1, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Umtanum Ridge.

Please note these photos are from when I did this hike this past spring. However I just saw a trip report that this hike was just done with good trail conditions. If it is clear great  views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Stuart from the top. Trail is north of Yakima.  Even without these views this is always a great hike



View of Mt. Stuart
Mt. Rainier 

Start of the hike

Yakima River
Driving directions: From Seattle, drive east on Interstate 90 to exit 110. After exiting, continue east on Interstate 82 about 3.5 miles to exit 3 (Thrall Road). At the stop sign, turn right on State Route 821. Turn left at the next stop sign to continue  southeast along State Route 821 into Yakima Canyon (signed "Yakima Canyon") and continue about 8 miles to the Umtanum Recreation Area (between mileposts 16 and 17). A large gravel parking lot is on the right  side of the road. The parking lot is BLM you can pay $5.00 for day use or Forest Pass works. There is a fee collection box is at the parking lot. .

Trail stats: Cross the Yakima River via the broad foot-traffic-only suspension bridge, then cross under  the railroad tracks.  In less then a 1/4 mile there is a big sign and a "Y" junction in the trail. Take the left fork (slight)  this goes uphill. The right fork goes through the Creek Canyon. On left fork go 2.5 miles and 2100 feet you will be up on the ridge on Yakima Skyline Trail. Here is our track.




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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

For today through this Sunday November 4 we will have an active track storm aimed at the Northwest so we can expect with moderate to heavy precipitation at times for the mountains. Snow levels vary so hard to get a handle on snowfall amounts. Forecast models suggest some ridging at times when we look at the extended outlooks to November 13. If this verifies this would bring above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation toward the November 11 to November 13. However lower confidence in that part of the forecast.

Ridge of high pressure for 11-13-2018

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