Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated 4-23-2014

Forecast models continue the pattern of above normal precipitation over the the next 15 day period. Over much of the period we will have an active storm track over the region with troughs of low pressure moving in and out of the region. The map below reflects what we will have during this period. There will be some dry periods but on the average it will tend to be wet.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Cowiche Mountain Loop

Updated 4-22-2014

Wildflowers are out!! This hike is outside of Yakima. The flowers should be out for several weeks plus. Enjoy this great hike.
 Arrowleaf Balsamroots
Another rock garden of flowers

Flowers everywhere
Open views are plenty






Trail stats: 6 miles roundtrip and about 1000 foot gain.

Driving directions: From Yakima Valley Visitor Information Center, at 101 North Fair Avenue, Yakima, WA. 98901. Head southeast on N Fair Ave toward E Yakima Ave Go 0.3 miles,Take the 2nd right toward E Yakima Ave Go 0.1 miles,Turn left onto E Yakima Ave Go 1.5 miles,Turn right onto Summitview Ave Go 10.9 miles,Turn left onto Cowiche Mill Rd Go 2.5 miles,Turn left at the Snow Mountain Ranch sign; across from Cowiche Creek Nursery, 2401 Cowiche Mill Rd.  Cowiche, WA 98923


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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.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended

Issued: 4-16-2014

Extended forecast models from April 21 to April 29 are in agreement that we have above normal precipitation. Trough of low pressure will be anchored off the Washington Coast for much of the time. Map (click 500 mb map) below highlights that.

500 mb map

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Rattlesnake Mt. Traverse

Updated: 4-15-2014

A nice workout with a two car shuttle you can hike Rattlesnake Mt. near North Bend. There is just patchy snow near top with about 1.5 miles of walking on some hard packed snow with plenty of bare spots. Easy to walk and navigate trekking poles help. Nice views.
View from ledge - Mt. Si of course
View of Mt. Baker from Grand Prospect
View from Grand Prospect

Driving Directions:  Take two cars and park one at the west end then the other at the east end. For the West end: Take I-90 east to Exit 27 then go right and follow the road to the end. Need Discover Pass. This is the Snoqualmie Point trailhead. For the East end- Rattlesnake Lake: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 32 and go right on 436th Avenue SE and drive about 4.5 miles and parking on right. Need Discover Pass.

Trail Stats: Some descriptions indicate 10.2 miles roundtrip. We showed 11.2 miles with about 2500 foot gain.


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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.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Gated Road Walk & Views

Updated 4-8-2014

This is a close in hike (off of Hwy 18) and you can walk on gated road with great views.after about 3 miles.  Thanks to Dennis Long for photos.
Mt Baker- zoomed in shot @ Dennis Long
Coltsfoot coming out @ Dennis Long
Michael enjoying summer weather @ Dennis Long
View north from lunch spot @ Dennis Long



Directions: From I-90 east take Hwy 18 exit and turn right (south). Go just under 2 miles and past Raging River  (close to milepost 26) and make a left. There is not a left turn lane so be careful. Easier to come in from Issaquah-Hobart Road to Why 18 then turn right. You park in small pullout area and do not block the yellow gate with the sign "Department of Natural Resources." discover pass is needed.

Trail stats:To view point of Mt Baker go 3.9 miles and about 1800 foot gain. See map for route. While on hike you go about a mile on logging road (gated) then turn right and follow power lines for about another mile. Then veer towards the right go  about mile and views to the north of Mt. Baker, Mt Si and others.



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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.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Manastash Ridge Observatory

Updated: April 1, 2014
Just outside of Ellensburg this is a road walk that is gated through the end of April. Enjoy snowfree hike with flowers starting to come out. At top is the observatory (usually closed) with great views to north and south.



View from top - Stuart Range @ Alan Bauer
Sagebrush buttercups starting to come out
Pines with Stuart Range in background
Big herd of Elk @ Dennis Long

Driving directions: From I-90 Exit 109 at Ellensburg, turn right at end of off ramp, and drive 0.5 mile north to the first traffic light. Turn left at traffic light onto Umptanum Road and set your odometer here. Drive out of Ellensburg on this road and stay on it. At 5.0 miles (you’ve left farm land behind and climbed up into Manastash Ridge by now you hit end of pavement onto gravel. At 10.2 miles at a sharp turn in the road you reach the parking lot for Umtanum Creek Falls trail on your left and continue on. Then at 11.4 miles you pass the access for Hanson Pond Road (another good road hike) and continue. Finally, at 15.4 miles, or just a bit more than 5 miles from Umtanum Creek Falls Trail,  and about ½ mile after the road starts descending from Ellensburg Pass area, you come to a "unmarked" road on the right. This is Observatory Road, gated until May 1st each year. Parking for 3-4 signed for and you need a Discovery Pass.

Trail stats: Hike to about 2.4 miles on the main road  then at a junction  veer to the right and go to head to the observatory.  At 4.6 miles you reach the ridge, go right on ridge road and at 4.9 miles you reach the observatory. Gain under 1000 feet with top close to 3900 feet. 


 

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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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Issued 3-26-2014

Forecast models through April 8 indicate a trough of low pressure (see below) off the Washington Coast. This type of pattern will tend to bring above normal precipitation. Also with this pattern normal to above normal temperatures.

8 to 14 Day Outlook - 500 millibar
Average position at 500 mb-18,000'  for April 2 to April 8

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