Thursday, January 17, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Lake Serene

Just hiked on 1-13-2019 and needed micro-spikes last 3/4 of a mile. Prior to that it is snow free.



View of Mt. Index from the lake
Lake just starting to freeze
Driving Directions: 
From Monroe that US 2 east towards Stevens Pass.
Just before road crosses the Skykomish River (near milepost 35) turn right onto Mount Index Road. Proceed on this dirt road 0.4 mile, turning right on the spur road signed Lake Serene Trail 1068.

Trail Stats: To the lake 7.2 miles round trip (some books say 8 miles round trip) and 2000 foot gain. To waterfalls an extra 1 mile round trip. Here is our 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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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Although the current (1-15-2019) dry pattern will end later this coming weekend (1-19-2019 and 1-20-2019) with some mountain snowfall. However models show an upper level ridge of high pressure should rebuild for mostly dry conditions for next week. Thus, below normal snowfall is in the forecast for most of the week of 1-21-2019.
500 mb (18,000') map for 1-25-2019

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Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Fagin's Hike (Ski-Snowshoe) of the Week- Mowich Lake

I skied this several years ago. However, I just read a report that you can drive very close to where the road is gated. There is ice and some potholes the last mile of the road. Also, you can still access this (it is in the national park) even with the government closure. There is snow coverage the entire way to the lake. This is a good snowshoe or cross-country ski trip.

Old Patrol Cabin photo taken several years ago @ Dennis Long
Mowich Lake @WTACarolineChickadee
Long gentle road@WTACarolineChickadee


Driving directions:
From Enumclaw drive west on State Route 410 to Buckley.
Turn Left (south) onto SR 165 and proceed through Carbonado.
Just beyond the Carbon River Gorge bridge, bear right onto Mowich Lake Road.
Follow the road about 19.6 miles to gate at about 3800'. Or drive till snow stops you.

Trail stats: 10 miles roundtrip and 1400' gain


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Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Most forecast models are looking at an active storm track with weather systems moving in from the west. This type of pattern tends to bring temperatures above normal and above normal precipitation. This pattern should continue through at least 1-21-2019

500 mb (18,000') for 1-18-2019

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Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Fagin's Snowshoe/Ski Amabilis Mountain


This a great ski or snowshoe; also a good workout! About 15 miles east of Snoq Pass at the Cabin Creek Sno Park. At the top there are great views of Mt. Rainier. The photos are from last year, however I recently received reports this week of good snow coverage.

View of Mt. Rainier from the top @ Henryk Melcer
View towards the  south Keechelus Lake @ Henryk Melcer
On the way up @ Henryk Melcer
On the way up @  Bill V.
Trail stats: 9.5 miles roundtrip and 2100 foot gain. To start walk over the overpass over I-90 then start on Berg route for short distance and then follow signs up to Amabilis, to the right. This is FS 4822 and we took to the top. There is a fork at 2 miles along this road and we kept to the right.


Driving Directions:
From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 63/Cabin Creek
Turn right and park in Sno Park. You will need a pass.


 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, December 27, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Oyster Dome

Just south of Bellingham this is a great hike, first to Oyster Dome and then to Lily Lake, then to Samish Overlook. This was just hiked on 12-25-2018 and no snow or any ice. Perhaps some icy spots on this Sunday 12-30-2018 with colder temperatures in the forecast. We started hike from Chuckanut Drive (SR 11).

View from Oystem

View from Samish Overlook
Mother and daughter at Lily Lake

Driving directions:

From Seattle drive I-5 north , take the Chuckanut Drive 
Exit off of I-5 (exit 231)
Drive north just past the 10 mile post on Chuckanut Drive (SR 11) and park on the paved, wide place on the west shoulder. 
Be very,very careful parking on the shoulder. If your car's tire is over the "fog line" you will be towed.

Trail stats: To the Overlook then to the Dome and to Lily Lake and back it is close to 8 miles total. Here is the track.

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Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

The extended outlook for 1-2-2019 to 1-8-2019 shows a ridge of high pressure (see map below)  over our region for much of the period. If that verifies than mountain snowfall will be below normal with normal temperatures.
500 mb (18,000') for period 1-2-2019 to 1-8-2019
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