Friday, February 16, 2018

Fagin Ski of the Week- Cabin Creek

Issued 2-18-2018

About 10 miles east of Snoq Pass Cabin Creek this 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

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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

Snowshoe-Ski of the Week- Hex Mountain

Updated February 16, 2018

We hiked this on this past Tuesday and it was part dirt and part hardpacked snow and used micro-spikes. However with snow in the forecast for this Friday through Sunday you will probably want snowshoes. Also with new snowfall in the forecast for this Saturday maybe no need to go to top as plenty nice photos before that last steep pitch.
On the way up Mt. Daniel (foreground and Mt. Hinman

Walk gated logging road then come to trail

View from top, Mt. Stuart
View from top, Mt. Rainier




Driving Directions: From Seattle drive I-90 east and exit 80 and turn left  Bullfrog Road. Then go to WA 903 and turn left (north) and go past Roslyn. 903 become Salmon La Sac Rd. Drive another 7 miles and a small distance from the  fire station which is on the right you can park on the left hand side of the road as there is a big pull out

Trail stats: 7.7 miles rountrip and 2600 foot gain. Note on our track that after you leave the Salmon La Sac Road you turn right,  At first intersection turn right, on the way up we made a mistake stayed left and then hooked up with the main 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, February 15, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued February 15, 2018
Forecast models have been consistent in bringing cold air down from the north for the next several weeks. The map below shows a trough of low pressure off our coast. This seems to be the pattern through early March. Thus below normal temperatures.  We will have some moderate precipitation for Friday (2-16) and Saturday (2-17) and after that we should be looking at normal to slightly below normal precipitation for late February and early March.

For February 26 500 mb (18,000')

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Thursday, February 8, 2018

Fagin's Hike (Snowshoe of the Week)- Easton Ridge

Updated February 8, 2018
We just snowshoed this on February 7 and it was mostly hard-packed snow. The trail has a few bare spots but snowshoes are very hand. Part of the hike is on a snow covered logging road.

View on the way up of Kachess Lake
Silver Creek
Open hills and a good workout
George and Dave working way down
From Road No 4818 you turn right on this unmarked road (see flagging) and proceed 3/4 mile to trail
Directions: From Seattle drive I-90 east and get off at Exit 70. Proceed over the freeway and turn left onto frontage road. Then turn right on FS Road 4818 (signed Kachess Dam Road) and park here on the side as you cannot proceed on the road with your vehicle.

Trail stats: Here is our track Hike on Road No. 4818 go less then one mile to an unsigned road junction, turn right (see photo above where you turn right there is flagging on it). Continue about 3/4 mile to the trailhead trail 1315 (Silver Creek) , elevation 2,368 feet (it is also the trailhead for Easton Ridge). Waypoints at Trailhead are N 47.16.03 W 121.10.28 Careful trail is hard to find. You walk  for a very short distance follow sign for for Silver Creek  trail 1315 but in less than 1/8 a mile you will notice a path (on your right- unmarked) and  turn right on a path to the creek. Then once next to creek and on trail turn left and go a short distance upstream you’ll find the bridge and cross bridge and continue there and follow trail. In about a mile or so , at 3400 feet, you will reach a ridge top and turn right and follow trail 1212. We continued another mile or so. Our hike as a little over 6 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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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Weeather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued February 6, 2018

Ridge of high pressure builds for at least this Saturday and perhaps Sunday so dry and mild for at least this Saturday.
Then a ridge of high pressure (see map below) will be in place for much of the time (till middle of the month) so below normal precipitation should be the rule through the middle of this month.

500 mb (18,000' for 2-16-2018)


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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Teneriffe Falls

Updated 2-1-2018
 Formerly called Kamikaze Falls this will offer great views of the waterfalls especially given all the rainfall lately. I did not hike this recently however the trail has recently been hiked by others.




Always water pouring down the falls


At the falls @ Gillian Wilkes
Views on the way up
More water coming down


                          
Driving directions: From I-90, take exit 31 and go north to North Bend Way (less than mile) and turn right. Then go to Mt. Si. road and turn left (north) on SE Mt Si Road. In approximately 3.0 miles (past the Little Si and Mt Si trailheads), you will reach the new parking lot and you will need a Discover Pass. Don't park at the old tiny lot, known as the school bus turnaround.

Trail directions: Hike about 1 mile on the old logging and then turn right on sign that says "Teneriffe Falls" . Total miles roundtrip  is 5.4 miles (I have seen 6 miles) and 1400 foot 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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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 1-31-2018

In the short term we can expect  an active weather pattern with weather systems moving in and out of the region. Models are suggesting starting next week and continuing through February 10 a ridge of high pressure builds (see map below). If this pattern verifies then we can expect above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

500 mb (18,000') for February 8




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