Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended

Updated July 30, 2014

An upper level ridge of high pressure will dominate the weather pattern till August 11. Thus, we can expect above normal temperatures and much below precipitation (probably none). The map below confirms this pattern.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Rainbow Lake

Updated July 28, 2014


Most folks just go to Talapus or Olallie Lakes. But if you go beyond to Rainbow Lake you be on the ridge with views of Mt. Rainier. Trail is located just west of Snoq Pass. Thanks to Maria Lamarca Anderson for most of the photos.

Maria with Mt Rainier in background and Olalli Lake @ Michael Fagin
Beargrass a plenty @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
Tiger Lily soaking up sun @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
Talapus Lake @ Maria Lamarca Anderson
Rainbow Lake @ Maria Lamarca Anderson

Driving Directions:From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 45. Turn left, and drive under the freeway on FR 9030. In 1 mile follow the road around to the right at a junction. Continue straight on a gravel, sometimes severely potholed road to the trailhead at the road's end. Northwest Forest Pass required.

Trail Stats: 10.9 miles roundtrip and about 2300 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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Washington Cascades- Extended Weather

Issued July 23, 2014

Although it will be wet over much of the West Cascades today (7-23) forecast models suggest that an upper level ridge of high pressure will be over our region for much of the period through the end of July. Although we will have some brief periods that a trough of low pressure swings inland (like today) for some brief cooling and chances of precipitation. However much of the time temperatures will be above normal and precipitation below normal.

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week: Summit Lake

Updated July 21, 2014

This hike is in the north part of Mt. Rainier National Park. Wildflowers are out now with just patchy snow around parts of the lake. Thanks to Tresa and Curtis Allen for photos.

Mt Rainier in background @ Teresa Allen
Patch (the dog) and the lake @ Curtis Allen
Great time to view wildflowers @ Curtis Allen
Driving Directions; From Enumclaw drive west on State Route 410 (Chinook Pass Highway) to SR 165. Proceed on SR 165 to the Carbon River Road/Mowich Lake Highway junction. Turn left onto Carbon River Road and follow it to Cayada Creek Road (Forest Road 7810), which is  just before the national park entrance. Turn left (north) and drive over bridge and drive about 6 miles on a rough logging road to trail

Trail stats: 6.5 miles roundtrip and 1350 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, July 16, 2014

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Issued 7-16-2014

The recent pattern of much above temperatures and dry conditions will come to end shortly. The forecast for the upcoming weekend and towards the end of July indicate that get some cooling and chance of some showers at times. The reason is we get some troughs of low pressure that drop down from the north at times. See the map below.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Christoff Lookout

Updated July 14, 2014

This is a short cut to an old lookout just off of Hwy 410 and just east of the town of Greenwater. This is a part road walk and part trail hike with great views in all directions and wildflowers are prime. Thanks to Dennis Long for photos and track
Beargrass and Mt. Rainer @ Dennis Long
Beargrass and Michael @ Dennis Long
Looking east  towards Mt. Stuart @ Dennis Long
Tiger Lilly and more flowers @ Dennis Long
Directions: Take Highway 410 east and past the town of Greenwater turn left on FS 7000 and  less than mile and turn left on FS 7010 and follow several miles and left on NFD 110 to trail. Please see map below and bring your own map as well. You will drive about 7 miles on the logging roads before you get to the trailhead.
 Stats: Only 6.2 miles roundtip with the ups and downs elevation gain of about 1000 feet
Map of road and trail


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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Washington Cascades Weather - Extended

Updated July 9, 2014

Forecast models have a strong upper level ridge of high pressure anchored over the Northwest between now and at least July 18. So with this pattern dry and much above temperatures will be the rule. The map below shows this ridge.

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