Friday, January 24, 2020

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Wallace Lake

This hike is off Hwy 2 in the small town of Gold Bar and Wallace Falls State Park. Most people hike to the waterfalls and it is certainly worth a short side visit. The photos below are from last year when entire hike was snow-free. Latest reports show some snow just before Wallace Lake.

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
Turn right onto May Creek Road and continue for 1.5 miles to Wallace Falls State Park. You will 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 21, 2020

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

The extended forecast models are showing above normal temperatures and precipitation for the period now through early February.  The main reason for this is we have a zonal flow (from west to east) and that tends to bring in moist ocean air into the region. The map below confirms that.

500 mb (18,000') mean position from 1-28-2020 to 2-3-2020

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Fagin Ski of the Week- Amabilis / Cabin Creek

Amabillis
This a great ski also a good workout! About 15 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass at the Cabin Creek Sno Park. At the top there are great views of Mt. Rainier. These photos are from last year.

Please note as of 1-16-2020 this part of the trail system was not groomed but it should be soon. Check here for updates.
If not groomed, you can use the extensive Cabin Creek system that has been groomed. See story below.

Near the top with views north 
View of Mt. Rainier from the top @ Henryk Melcer
Just coast down and enjoy the views
On the way up @ Henryk Melcer
Trail stats: 11.5 miles roundtrip and 2100 foot gain. We did some extra skiing, but I think it would be a total of 10 miles without the extra. To start, walk over I-90 using the overpass, then start on Berg route for a short distance and follow signs up to Amabilis, to the right. This is FS 4822 and we took it to the top. There is a fork at 2 miles along this road and we kept to the left (although you can go right as well, this is a loop). Here is our track. If one wants to do a loop you can see near the high point of our trip there is a road that goes due west and that would complete the loop.


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.

Cabin Creek System

About 10 miles east of Snoqualmie Pass, Cabin Creek  is a very popular cross country system with close to 10 miles of groomed trails.
Cool and sunny weather
Trails go next to the forest
Ron about to enjoy hot tea and lunch
Old fashion- black & white
Driving Directions: From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 63, Cabin Creek and turn right and park.

Trail Stats: Ski as much as you want or just a short loop or 2. You will need to purchase a pass to ski.

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 Weather- Extended Outlook

The weather patterns changes  this coming weekend for the Washington Cascades. We start to get a more zonal flow (from west to east) and this tends to bring us warm moist air in from the Pacific. Thus we can expect above normal temperatures and precipitation through the end of the month.

Mean position at 500 mb (18,000) for 1-21-2020 to 1-25-2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

Fagin's Ski of the Week - Snoqualmie Pass Nordic Center of Stevens Pass Nordic Center


We skied to Windy Pass from Cold Creek.

Photos from prior year.


Near the top with lots of new snow
Randy and George planning the route
Randy always ahead of me and always waiting
Driving Directions: From Seattle drive I-90 east and get off at exit 54 and go towards Hyak. Here are details.

Trail Stats: We started at the Milwaukee Lodge and then went up to Cold Creek and then went up Hidden Valley to Grand Junction. Then down Creek Run/Serpentine. Here is the track. Total is about 8 miles and did gain about 1500 feet+ so very good work out. Here is map of the trail system.

Stevens Pass Nordic Center

Just 5 miles east of Stevens Pass (U.S. Hwy 2). Lot of trails to enjoy. Photos are from a prior year.

Several miles out on the trail with views to southwest
Freshly groomed trails
Henryk  enjoying his new skis
Cascade Depot warm place to eat your lunch 
@Henryk Melcer
Michael skiing @Henryk Melcer
Trails stats: There are 28 kilometers (17 miles) of groomed trails. 

Driving directions: From Seattle drive east on U.S. Hwy 2 to Stevens Pass and once at the pass drive 5 miles to the east and then turn right into the lot.

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

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, January 8, 2020

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

All forecast models continue with the pattern of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. This pattern is forecasted to last through 1-21-2020. Thus, we should be adding to our snowpack. We will have a trough of low pressure that drops down from the northeast and this will pull in cold air.

500 mb (18,000') for period 1-13-2020 to 1-17-2020

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Fagin's Ski-Snowshoe of the Week- Gold Creek

Gold Creek at Snoqualmie 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, and turn left.
Cross under the freeway and 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 round trip) 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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