Monday, June 18, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued June 18,2018

Forecast models show a strong ridge of high pressure for much of the period from now through the end of June. Thus above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation can be expected. We will have the ridge breaking down briefly at times for some cooling. However much of this period   it will remain over our region.

500 mb (18,000') for June 24

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Saturday, June 16, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Navaho Pass

Updated: June 16,2018

We hiked this several years ago about the same time of the year and understand from recent trip reports that we have similar conditions.  Hike is snowfree up to 6000 feet with wildflowers out and great views of the Mt. Stuart Range. Hike  is in the Teanaway area. Thanks to Alan Bauer for photos.
Michael heading to the Pass, Earl Peak to left @ Alan Bauer
Tiger Lilly @ Alan Bauer
Jeffery's shooting star @ Alan Bauer
At the pass with lunch and Stuart Range @ Alan Bauer





Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. At the first road junction after crossing the bridge over Stafford Creek, turn right onto Forest Road 9703 (signed "Stafford Creek") and drive 2.5 miles to the Stafford Creek trailhead, found just after crossing Stafford Creek.

Trail Stats: 12 miles roundtrip and 3000 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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Thursday, June 14, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week - Johnson-Medra Pass

Updated June 14, 2018

This hike in the Teanaway area, and many others below 6000' are snowfree. Much of the hike is in the forest, however once at the top there are flowers and great views of Mt. Rainier and Stuart.

Mt Stuart
Teanaway always open views
Flowers good timing now
These are below the top of the pass


Directions: From Seattle take I-90 east to exit 85 and north on State Route 970. Go to Teanaway Road, which then becomes North Fork Teanaway (9737) . Take 9737 4.7 miles and just past Beverly Campground parking area on your right. Trail is on your left.

Trail Stats: 8 miles roundtrip and 2250' gain. Here is our 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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Thursday, June 7, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Iron Peak

Issued: June 7, 2018

This hike is in the Teanaway area and there is still a few snow patches  below the the ridge top and snow patches on the way to the summit and you get great views from the ridge top.  95% of the hike is snow free. Trekking poles work great and no need for snowshoes. We didn't use micro-spikes. You can continue to the summit with views of Mt. Stuart and Mt. Rainier and Mt. Daniel. One can stop at the ridge top and not go to the summit and still get great views
Mount Stuart
Lots of flowers on the way up
On the ridge top
Randy



Driving directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to East Cle Elum, exit 85. Cross over the freeway overpass and turn right (northbound) on State Route 970. Cross the Teanaway River bridge, and in another mile turn left onto Teanaway Road. Drive north on Teanaway Road, veering right as it becomes first the North Fork Teanaway Road and then unpaved Forest Road 9737 at 29 Pines Campground. Continue north for almost to road end and trailhead is on the right and small parking on left and is 0.5 miles past De Roux Campground . If you driven to the end of the road you have driven too far
Trail Stats: 7 miles 2700  foot gain and the peak is at 6510 feet. Here is our 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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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued: June 6,2018
Starting next Monday and continuing through Thursday forecast models have a ridge of high pressure over our region some mild temperatures and mostly dry conditions should be the rule. Beyond next Thursday  forecast models have a great degree of uncertainty so difficult to provide much accurate content.

500 mb (18,000') for 6-14-2018 has a ridge
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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Blue Creek to Red Top

Updated: May 31, 2018

Snowfree hike with lots of wildflowers and great views of Mt. Stuart, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Rainier. You can drive almost to the lookout, but this makes for a great hike which it can easily be extended beyond the total of 6 miles that we have listed.


View of Stuart Range from the top
Close up Mt. Stuart
Trillium
Starting point
Driving directions: From Seattle take I -90 east to Cle Elum then take Hwy 970 east to US Hwy 97 and go north toward Blewett Pass. Just past Mineral Springs turn left on Forest Service Road No 9738 and go 2.7 miles and then turn left on Forest Service Road 9702 (it will say to Red Top Lookout). After 0.5 miles from the turn and on the right there is a tiny parking area for Trail number 1364.2. You can park here (room for 3 cars)  or there are other spots to park along the road that has pullouts.

Trail stats: Here is our track. Round trip is 6 miles. Hike 2 miles on Blue Creek Trail and then turn left on Teanaway Ridge Trail and go 1 mile to the lookout. You can extend this by going to Iron Bear.

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, May 30, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued May 30, 2018

For the first 10 days of June we can expect a ridge of high pressure (see map)  at times followed by weak troughs of low pressure that move in from the west. This type of pattern will bring normal to above normal temperatures with generally below normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') for June 8- ridge over the west coast