Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Updated 10-29-2014

Forecast models through November 12 bring a zonal flow pattern (from west to east) in the atmosphere (see link to map below). This type of pattern brings above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. The map below confirms this.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Lodge Lake-Olallie Meadow


Updated Saturday 10-25-2014
Hike at Snoq Pass. Thanks to Maria Lamarca Anderson for photos. This hike good rain or shine. Which is good given the wet forecast for much of this week.

View towards the north near Olallie Meadow @ Maria Lamarca Anderson



Lodge Lake @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
View of Hibox @ Maria Lamarca Anderson

Driving Directions: From Seattle drive east on I-90 to exit 52 and then turn right (south) and right again onto the dirt road leading around the westernmost parking lot of the ski area. Park at the far western end of the road, Pacific Crest Trail.

Trail stats: To lake 500 feet gain and 4 miles roundtrip. To Meadow about 10 miles roundtrip and 1300 total gain.


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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.
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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 10-23-2014

Forecast models through 11-1-2014 show a continued pattern of weather systems moving and out of the Pacific Northwest. With this pattern temperatures will be close to normal with above normal precipitation. The map below shows a trough of low pressure off the coast.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- West Tiger 1

Updated 10-22-2013

With the wet pattern the next several days and some new snow at times at 5000 feet this makes of a good option..


In case it is wet and cold there is a tiny hut

View to the west towards the Olympics, 
Directions:  From Seattle drive I-90 east and get off at Highpoint Exit. Turn right at the bottom of the exit. Then go a short distance the start of the trail is to the left at the road is gated. Do not block the gate and park in the general area and have your Discover Pass.

Trail Stats:  Start at gated road and hike on road about 0.20 of a mile and you will come to an unmarked trail on your right (south) take this. This will become marked and is the High Point Trail. Take this about 1 mile and you come to the junction to Tiger Mountain Trail and turn left (east) and continue on this trail for about 1 mile as it goes south. You will reach a junction "Fred's Corner" and turn left (east) and go 0.40 miles to "Preston Junction.". Then turn right (north) onto West Tiger 1 Trail go about 1 mile to the summit 2948 feet. You can go another 0.3 miles for better views. This is 7.8 miles round trip and 2500 foot gain.


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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.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades: Extended Outlook

Issued 10-15-2014

Forecast models are indicating an active storm track into the Washington Cascades especially towards the end of the month. Above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation seem to be the rule (see map below). A trough of low pressure off the Washington Coast will bring a generally moist west flow.  Although we will have some dry periods over the extended. This Thursday (10-16) is looking dry in fact and perhaps even this Sunday.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Alpine Lookout

Updated 10-14-2014

Alpine Lookout is east of Stevens Pass and offers great views of Glacier Peak. There might be several inches on new snow at the top (at 6200 feet). Best days for views is Thursday and perhaps Sunday.

View of Glacier Peak from the top
Weather station shelter
Lookout is closed for season, Frank (dog) is looking for some food
Driving Directions: Driving on US 2 from Stevens Pass continue east for 17 miles to the Nason Creek Rest Area and just past there, about a quarter mile beyond, turn left onto unsigned and easy-to-miss Forest Road 6910 (there is a row of mailboxes). Cross Nason Creek and stay on the main road and at about 4.5 miles from US 2 go right onto a narrow, rough road and in about .2 miles you have reached the  trailhead which is about 4.7 miles from US 2.

Trail stats: Go on trail number 1529 and go 1.6 miles to junction of Nason Ridge trail (#1583). Turn left (west) and go 3.3 miles to junction on the right. Finally, go short .3 miles to the top. 10.4  miles roundtrip and 2600 feet gain.


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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather - Extended Outlook

Issued 10-8-2014

Forecast models show the current ridge of high pressure to move out of our region over the weekend and starting then and through 10-21-2014 we will get some troughs of low pressure moving and in out of our region. Thus, temperatures should be near normal and precipitation above normal through 10-21-2014. On the map below note the trough of low pressure just off the Washington Coast ready to move into our region for precipitation. This will be the pattern ridge of high pressure (dry) followed by trough (wet).

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