Thursday, February 21, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Gold Creek

Gold Creek at Snoq Pass is a very popular spot to ski or snowshoe. If you go on a weekend make sure you get an early start to get parking.


Pond at Gold Creek
View to the northwest on the way to Gold Creek 
Several miles in 
Turnaround point looking north
Driving directions: From Seattle take Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass to exit 54. Exit I-90, turn left, and cross under the freeway and then turn right. Go about 1/4 mile and park.

Trail stats: Here is the map  
You can follow road FS 144 ( some signs marked "Gold Creek") that follows the summer Gold Creek Trail which is above Gold Creek. We went in about 3 miles (thus 6 miles roundtirp) and there were skiers and folks snowshoeing. Make sure you have a good map.


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, February 20, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

The forecast models  starting on  2-25-2019 continuing through 3-5-2019 bring a strong upper level ridge of high pressure (see map below). If this forecast verifies than we can expect below normal mountain snowfall and below normal to close to normal temperatures. This pattern will continue to keep our existing snowpack in place. Medium confidence in this forecast.

500 mb (18,000') average position for 2-27 to 3-5
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

Fagin's Ski-Snowshoe of the Week - Wenatchee Ridge

 At Blewett Pass Highway 97. The photos are from a prior year but I just read a trip report that it is snow covered.

Views of the Stuart Range

Ski or snowshoe gated road

View of Diamond Head- popular for backcounty skiers
Eastern Washington Views of Pine trees of course
Driving directions:
Park at summit of Blewett Pass (Highway 97) on the north side of Highway.
This is 25 miles south of Leavenworth.

Trail Stats: Follow FS 800. Gentle up and down can go about 3 to 4 miles one way, minimal elevation 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.



Thursday, February 7, 2019

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

This snowshoe trip is just several miles east of Stevens Pass on Hwy 2.
Park next to the Nordic Center. Some folks suggest also carrying micro-spikes as spots can be icy.


On the way to the Lake

Just 20 minutes into the trip, we believe this is Arrowhead Mt
Lanham Lake

Big Jim Mountain

Signage at the start of trip to the Lake

Driving Directions:
From Seattle this is on Hwy 2
Go about 6 miles east of Stevens Pass to the Mill Creek exit on the right. Park in lower lot, outside of the Nordic Center.

Trail stats: Walk inside to the Nordic Center and turn left and walk short distance on the trail. Signage to the right directs you to Lanham Lake. 3.2 miles roundtrip and about 1100 foot gain. Lake is at 4100 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.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

The Washington Cascades will continue with below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation through at least 2-14-2019. This is from troughs of low pressure that drop down from the north and bringing cold air into our region. Then the troughs set up off our coast and this will some snowfall to our region. I'm not seeing any big changes through 2-18-2019 as below normal temperatures continue.
500 mb (18,000') for 2-13-2019-trough off our coast

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Wallace Lake

This hike is off Hwy 2 in small town of Gold Bar and at Wallace Falls State Park. Most people hike to the waterfalls and is certainly worth a short side visit. Our destination is a snowfree (as of 1-30-2019) hike to this  peaceful lake . Perhaps some new snow on Sunday 2-3-2019.
Greg Ball Trail @ Alan Bauer
Moss everywhere @ Alan Bauer
Wallace River
Wallace Lake



Trail Stats: 8.2 miles roundtrip and 1500 feet gain. Start on the main trail and then soon come to old railroad grade and turn left onto this. Go just over 2 miles and you will come to a toilet, nice place to take a break. Turn left on Greg Ball Trail and good a little over a mile and you come to a logging road and turn right. Go short distance and you will find a gravel service road to your left and take that and walk 0.50 mile to the lake. Here is our track. 

Driving Directions: From Everett, follow Hwy 2 for 28 miles east to Gold Bar and  turn left onto 1st Street,  signed for Wallace Falls State Park. Proceed for 0.4 mile to a four way stop then right onto May Creek Road and continue for 1.5 miles to Wallace Falls State Park which you need a Discover 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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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Weather Washington Cascades - Extended Outlook

The recent pattern of an upper ridge of high pressure over our region on and off over the last several weeks has brought snowpack below normal for all of the Washington locations. Biggest impact has been for the Stevens/ Snoq Pass area with snowpack at 61% of normal

However, this dry pattern should change this Thursday (1-31-2019) as a trough of low pressure moves in from the northwest. In fact many of the extended forecasts bring pattern of troughs ( see map below) dropping down from the northwest into our region over the next 7 to 10 days. Although we will have some dry periods  we should start building the snowpack.

500 mb (18,000') for 2-8-2019

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