Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: September 19-2017

Starting this coming weekend (9-23) and continuing through at least Thursday 9-28 (see map below) a ridge of high pressure builds. With this pattern we will return to above normal daytime temperatures and below normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') for 9-28-2017


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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Hidden Lake Lookout

Updated September 14, 2017

This is certainly one of the most scenic hikes I have done. In the North Cascades with views of the major peaks in the area. Trailhead is outside the town of Marblemount and the last part of the drive is up a steep narrow  logging road. On our hike we stopped at the saddle with views of Hidden Lake and the lookout is another 300 feet scramble to the top.
Hidden Lake from the saddle
Views of Mt. Baker on the way up
View of lookout on the way up
Constant views of major peaks
A grouse saying hello @ Alan Bauer
Driving Directions: From Marblemount on Hwy 20, drive the Cascade River Road just short of 10 miles to the junction with FS 1540 and is marked Hidden Lake Trail and turn left. Drive the steep,  rocky road 4.5 miles to the road end and trailhead. Parking is limited.

Trail stats: I have seen several mileage indicated and  one is 8 miles  and my track (listed below) is 7.3 roundtrip to the saddle at 6600'. However a more accurate number is 9 miles roundtrip. To go to the lookout it is another 300'.  Track 


 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 13, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated: 9-13-2017

Starting Monday 9-18 we have some changes as a trough of low pressure moves into the region for precipitation and colder weather. The US based Climate Predication Center keeps this trough of low pressure over  the West Coast through the end of the month. If that verifies  than we can expect below normal temperatures and wet conditions through the end of the month. However the European model suggests we will have ridge of high pressure moving in at times with dry and warm conditions at times. We will see who wins.

500 mb (18,000') for early next week a trough


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Humpback

Updated  September 7, 2017

Great views but a caution that this hike is not for everyone. You will need real good navigation skills as this is a an unmarked trail that has been getting some use so follow the boot path. However, no trail signs. Also parts of the trail near the top you go over some boulders.  Views are great and just west of Snoq Pass.and view of Mt. Rainier
At the top beargrass and Frank (dog) 
Michael (hiker) @ Jill Doebler Ryan
View from the top @ Dennis Long
Yes there are some rocks to hike over @ Dennis Long
Trail is steep @ Dennis Long
Jill enjoying the views
View to the north and west cumulus build up over Kaleetan Peak 
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Driving Directions; From Seattle, take I-90 East to Exit 47. Take a right at the exit and cross the bridge. At the 'T' (the pavement ends) turn right onto FS 55 (Tinkham Rd) and drive approx. 1.3 miles to an intersection and go left uphill onto the Hanson Creek Road (FS 5510). Drive uphill past the power line clearing and under the old railroad trestle for approx another 2.2 miles. At approx. 3.5 miles from the 'T' you'll see an old gated road on the left.  Park where you can find space and start hiking up the old road but do not block gate although you will find several GIANT boulders blocking the gate, GPS N 47.22.193 W 121.30.683 at 2858 feet


Trail Stats:   From the gate hike about  0.80 miles on the road and you will see a boot path on the right (no trail sign) but a orange ribbon with some rocks marking the trail. Then go UP. GPS waypoint is N 47.22.931, W 121.30.693 at 3222 feet.  Roundtrip is 4.4 miles, although I have seen other reports say 4 miles. Also a 2318 feet gain much of that over a short distance.


 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.


Track of hike- Thanks Dennis Long
Here is the same track on a web site
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued September 6, 2017

Although we start to have some cooling starting Thursday (9-7) and into the weekend and chance of some precipitation. Amounts looking light. Starting on Monday (9-11) and continuing through September 19 models have a strong ridge of high pressure (see map below) over the Northwest.  That pattern will bring continued above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for this period.

500 mb (18,000') for September 15

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Friday, September 1, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Mt. Defiance via Mason Lake

Updated 9-1-2017

Great views at the top. Get an early start since this south facing and it will be warm this weekend. Thanks to Alan Bauer his photos.
Mason Lake a good destination or great place for a break @ Alan Bauer
View from the top looking north @ Michael Fagin
Dennis at summit of Defiance @ Alan Bauer
View from Defiance @ Alan Bauer




Driving Directions: From  I-90 and going east take Exit 45 (Forest Road 9030.) . At a fork 0.8 miles from I-90 take the left branch onto Road 9031. . At 3.8 miles from I-90, reach the large parking area for the Ira Spring Trail (#1038.) .

Trail Stats: 11 miles roundtrip and about 3600 gain. Here is the track


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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued August 30,2017

A weak trough of low pressure moves in today and Thursday so daytime temperatures will be close to normal. Then starting this Friday the ridge of high pressure rebuilds and many models suggest this stays in place through at least 9-12. Thus we continue the pattern of above normal and little chance of precipitation for the start of September.

500 mb (18,000') shows strong ridge of high pressure over West Coast


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