Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued August 24, 2016

Sunny and warm (hot) conditions by this Thursday and Friday. However starting on this weekend, August 27, and continuing through September 6 forecast models bring a trough of low pressure in from the north and east at times. Thus, most forecast are indicating normal to below temperatures and above normal precipitation.

500 mb map-18,000 feet


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Grand Park

Updated: 8-18-2016

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. Thanks to Dennis Long for the photos.
View from Grand Park @ Dennis Long
On the way up is Lake Eleanor @ Dennis Long
Bog Gentian end of summer flower @ 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.


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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Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued: 8-17-2016

The weather theme through the end of the month will feature a strong upper level ridge of high pressure. Thus we can expect above normal temperatures with little chance of rain through the end of the month.

500 mb map (18,000 feet August 26, 2016


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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Crystal Lakes

Updated: 8-12-2016

This hike is in Mt. Rainier National Park and the trailhead is off of Hwy 410 east of Enumclaw. Photos taken in October of 2011 and some of the photos from the late and great Karen Sykes.


Upper Crystal Lake @ Karen Sykes

Rainier less than one mile into hike
Upper Crystal Lake from trail above the lake

Upper Crystal @ Karen Sykes

Trail stats: 6 miles round trip with 2,300 feet of gain
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive SR 410 east toward Chinook Pass -- the trailhead is 4.5 miles past the entrance to Mt Rainier National Park or about 42 miles east of Enumclaw. Parking on both sides of the road.


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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Burroughs Mountain

Updated  Thursday 8-5-2016

This hike is started at Sunrise Visitor Center Mt Rainier National Park. We did a loop going to Frozen Lake first and then on the north side of First Burroughs and there were several small snow crossings that were not an issue. We went as far as  Second Burroughs.
View from Second Burroughs @ Alan Bauer
Magenta Paintbrush @ Alan Bauer

View down to Berkley Park @ Alan Bauer

Golden-mantled ground squirrel @ Alan Bauer


Mom goat and baby- keep distance @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
Hoary Marmot @ Alan Bauer




Driving Directions
From Enumclaw, drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Go up to the Sunrise Road and and park at the large parking lot and visitor center.
Trail Stats: About 6.18miles roundtrip . Directions are our best estimates. We did this hike counterclockwise. Start at Sunrise and hike up the hill towards Sourdough Mt and once on top  go towards Frozen Lake. At the junction at the lake you can go either to the Fremont Lookout or to Burroughs. We went First and Second Burroughs. If you have the time Third Burroughs is a great option. On the return towards the Shadow Lake and camp and continued back to the parking lot.

Do not feed animals

If you encounter a goat here are some suggestions http:// http://www.wta.org/signpost/mountain-goat-basics-give-the-goat-the-trail-1 >


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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Issued August 2, 2016

We are in the pattern of troughs of low pressure that move in and out of our region. When we do have the troughs over the region, like this weekend, that will tend to bring the chance of some isolated thundershowers.

Then by August 12 models indicate a ridge of high pressure that builds that should bring stable conditions and mostly dry conditions over that period.

500 mb map at 18,000' for 8-12-2016

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Thursday, July 28, 2016