Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rachel Lake

Great fall hike with colors peaking now. Hike is 12 miles east of Snoq Pass. However, please note there has been snow this week so you can expect up to 6 to 10 inches of snow at the lake. These photos were taken before the recent snow. The hike starts at 3000' so perhaps a dusting there. Much of the new snow is close to 4000. Please note that these photos were taken last year at the exact same time.



Frank (dog) going for swim @ Brian Fagin
Waterfalls and colors!! @Shellie Oakley


View of Hibox
Above Rachel Lake
Fall colors at peak
Hibox in distnace
Driving Directions
From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 62 (signed "Kachess Lake").
Turn left from the exit ramp and drive northeast and follow the signs to Lake Kachess Campground. Turn left on FR 4930, which goes about 4 miles to a large parking lot and the trailhead is at the road's end.

Trail stats
Round trip 8.0 miles, Elevation Gain 1600 feet, highest Point 4600 feet. To the lake. Here is a track as I hiked above the lake towards Alta Peak and added another 1.25 miles or so.

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, October 9, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 10-9-2018

Most forecast models are showing a strong upper level ridge building (see map below) later this week. This will be in place through at least 10-23-2018. Thus above normal temperatures and little chance of precipitation will be the rule.

This is the mean position of the ridge (500 mb) for 10-15 to 10-23
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Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued: 10-3-2018

In the short term we can expect a cool weather pattern through this coming weekend and early next week and some precipitation. Then later next week (see map below) a ridge of high pressure builds for some dry conditions for next Friday through the middle of the month.

500 mb-18,000' for 10-12-2018
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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Naches Peak Loop

This hike is started at Chinook Pass and enters Mt. Rainier National Park. Great fall colors should be in place through the middle of October.



Prime fall colors now @Alan Bauer
Constant steam of colors @Alan Bauer
Dewey Lake
Charlie and Michael
Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive east on SR 410 and go to Chinook Pass. Just 0.2 miles after the Pass find parking lot (Pacific Crest Trail) on left (north side) and park.

Trail Stats: 4 miles round trip and here is our track. We did this loop counterclockwise which offered views of Mt. Rainier often. To add on one can always add on and go to Sheep Lake and beyond.
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, September 25, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 9-25-2018

Models indicate that the ridge of high pressure that is currently over our region will break down this weekend for some cooling and chance of showers this Sunday. However the ridge of high pressure should rebuild later next week ,October 5, for a return of above normal daytime temperatures and dry conditions. This should be in place  for several days beyond 10-5.

For 10-5-2018 and this is 500 mb map (18,000')

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Fagin's Hike of the Week- Beckler Peak

Great hike west of Stevens Pass with views of Glacier Peak and many peaks off the Mountain Loop Highway, and 360 views from the top.


Glacier Peak
Peaks just to the west
Peaks to the north
Fall is here!!
Driving Directions:
Take Highway 2 to Skykomish. 
1.9 miles after passing the ranger station, take a left turn on FR 6066 (a sign indicates this road). When you see the sign, immediately slow down and prepare to turn--the turn comes up very quickly. There is a fork 1.8 miles up FR 6066. Bear right, uphill. It will be 6.6 miles total to the trailhead.

Trail Stats: Here is our Track  It is close to 4 miles one way.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Mt Townsend and more

This hike is in the Olympics near the Hood Canal. The suggested hike is to Mt. Townsend with great views. We did a scramble to Welch Peaks which is very close.


Gourmet Mountain Sandwich made by Kayla Black 
View of Mt. Constance
View of Mt. Townsend from Welch Peaks
Mountain Feast!
Driving Directions to upper trailhead:

Take US 101 south from the Quilcene Ranger Station 0.9 miles. 

Take the slight right onto the Penny Creek Road and drive through the grounds of the Penny Creek Quarry. 

In 1.5 miles, take the left fork onto Forest Road 27 and follow it 13.5 miles before turning left onto FR27-190. The trailhead is at the end of this spur road. 

Trail stats: We started hike at Mt. Townsend trail hike to the very scenic trail. However about a mile before the top of Mt. Townsend we went left to the Silver Lake Trail. Instead of going to the lake we went to the saddle then went left (south) to scramble Welch Peaks. If you are comfortable going off trail and to scramble here is the track. If you are not comfortable with an off trail scramble then Mt. Townsend is a great option with great views!! To Mt. Townsend maps show 8 miles round-trip. Our track was just under 8 miles roundtrip.

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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