Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated December 13, 2017

Forecast over the next 7 to 10 days keeps an upper level ridge of high pressure over the region through December 23. Thus perhaps slightly above normal temperatures early in the period then below normal. Also over the period precipitation will be below normal. Thus we will not be adding much to our snowpack.

500 mb map (18,000') for 12-23-2017


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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Fagin's Ski-Snowshoe of the Week -Kendall Lake

Updated 12-6-2017

This a good ski trip or snowshoe but the lower portion can tend to be hard packed snow and ice. Once at 3500 feet there is some  soft snow off the snowshoe track  We did not go to lakes but stopped before the lakes at viewpoint.

Road on the way up
View towards Chair Peak from  viewpoint before the lakes
View towards the north 
Clouds and mountains





Driving directions: From Seattle take Interstate 90 over Snoqualmie Pass to exit 54. Exit I-90, turn left, and cross under the freeway to reach the Gold Creek Sno-Park.

Trail Stats: 9 miles roundtrip and 1700 foot gain.  Here is 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, December 5, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued December 5, 2017

Strong ridge of high pressure to remain over the region through at least 12-14 and probably several days+ beyond that. Thus dry conditions and below normal daytime temperatures will be the rule.

500 mb (18,000') for 12-14-2017

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Chirico Trail aka Poo Poo Point

Updated 11-29-2017
Chirico Trail aka Poo Poo Point. This is just several miles south of Issaquah good close in hike.  Rumor has it that "poo poo” sound made by loggers' steam whistles. Hike is snow free.
 Mt. Rainier from the top of Poo Poo point 
View 3/4 of the way up
View of the Olympics from the top



Paraglider enjoying the views and the ride
Some days it is just cloudy
Start or end of hike

Directions to Trail:Take I-90 to Issaquah, take Front Street exit. Follow Front Street through town for about 3 miles. Front street becomes Hobart-Issaquah Road. If you are driving south the trailhead is on the left (east side of the street) near a big grass field.
Trail stats: About 4 miles round trip with about 1600 foot gain. Here is the 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, November 28, 2017

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued November 28, 2017

Starting on Sunday (12-3) and continuing for much of that upcoming week we have a strong upper level ridge of high pressure builds (see map below). The net impact will be below normal precipitation and normal to slightly below normal temperatures. This pattern should be in place through the middle of December.

Strong ridge over the West Coast 12-5-2017

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Boulder River

Issued 11-23-2017

Although I did not hike this recently I did confirm trail was just hiked yesterday. However with the recent rain always good to check with DOT at 511 to make sure no water on road issues. There is water on Hwy 530 however this is north of Darrington at MP 67
Enjoy the waterfalls!!


Great Waterfalls @ Don Geyer Photography
Old growth forest and lots of flat trail @ Rachel Robbins
Boulder River @ Rachel Robbins
Photo taken 11-22-2017 from WTA @geezerhiker
Driving directions: From Seattle drive I-5 north and exit Arlington state Highway 530. Drive about 20 miles just past milepost 41 on. Turn right on French Creek road (FS 2012). Drive 3.7 miles to trail.
Trail stats: 8.6 miles round trip and 700 foot gain. You can go shorter and get great views of waterfalls.
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, November 16, 2017

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Snow Lake

Issued 11-16-2017

These photos are taken from a prior winter hike but trip reports from 11-15-2017 that snowshoes were not needed and that micro-spikes where useful


Snow Lake @ Denis DuBois
Melt + freezing=ice @ Denis DuBois
Views on the way up


Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52. Turn left (north), and continue to the end of the road at the Alpental Ski Area parking lot.

Trail Stats: Hike to junction with Snow Lake Trail (go to right) at Source Lake Junction. Total distance to Snow Lake is 6 miles roundtrip and about 1400' gain.


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