Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Washington Cascades Weather= Extended Outlook

Issued 1-28-2015

Forecast models continue the pattern of a ridge of high pressure being over the Pacific Northwest through at least February 6. Thus, temperatures will tend to be above normal with precipitation normal to more likely below normal.
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Monday, January 26, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Christoff Lookout

Updated 1-27-2015

The is a road / old trail hike and no snowshoes were needed.. Note that this is difficult to follow so map and compass skills and GPS skills important. We did put the track (thanks to Dennis Long) of the trip. There is snow at 4200' and once at the top (4800') there is about 5 inches of snow..
George at the top of the former lookout
Part way up a nice chair to take break @ Dennis Long
Almost at the top


Driving Directions: From Enumclaw drive on State Highway 410 east  and just  before you get to the small town of Greenwater turn left on logging road FS 7125. This is just past MP 42. If you reach the town you have gone too far.  Follow logging road FS 7125 short distnace and turn bear left (straight ahead is the gated road that you start at). Park on the left and do not block gate.

Trail stats: This is about 9 miles roundtrip with a 3000 foot gain. Here is the track that Dennis Long put together for us.
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Track of hike on road and trail


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. If you want the exact GPS track Email us West Coast Weather Contact us


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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended Outlook

Updated 1-21-2015

A weather system moves in this Thursday to early Saturday for some precipitation. Then on Sunday forecast models have the ridge of high pressure rebuilding over the Pacific Northwest through the end of January. Thus, between now and the end of the month we can expect above normal temperatures and below normal mountain snow.  Continued bad news for skiers.

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week- Sun Top Lookout

Updated 1-20-2015

Snowshoe or ski (upper part should have new snow) to this lookout with great views of Mt. Rainier. Good workout and views of Rainier at top are great. Thanks to George Mead for photos.


George at the door but nobody home
Almost there
Nice views of course
Driving directions: From Enumclaw head east on SR 410. Before the Dalles Campground turn right on Forest Road 73. Proceed 1.5 miles to Sun Top Sno-Park (need to pay for permit)
Trail stats: 10.4 miles and 3000 foot gain. Go on FS 7315 towards the top. Close to the top take the summer hiking trail the last 0.50 mile.
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Washington Cascades Weather- Extended Outlook

Updated 1-14-2015

Forecast models suggesting  changes starting this Thursday (1-15-2015) and continuing to 1-22-2015. We get a zonal flow from west to east and with this pattern temperatures and precipitation tend to be above normal. The map below depicts this.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week-Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls)

Updated 1-13-2015

With the lack of snow this is easy to get to the falls (no snow) and for those with the ambition you can get to 4200 feet which there is no snow. And to the top at 4900' just with micro-spikes will do given low snow..



At the falls @ Gillian Wilkes 


On the way up it is steep @ George Mead


View at 4000' from outcrop @ Michael Fagin
Almost at top @ George Mead

                            
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 3.5 miles (past the Little Si and Mt Si trailheads), you will reach a small parking area on the left (directly across from 480th Ave). This is known as the school bus turnaround, and, if you are parking here on school days, park close to the gate.

Trail directions: Hike about 1 mile and turn right on an unmarked old road at waypoint  N47.29.667 W 121.42.410 at 1215 feet. Then at the 2 mile point of your hike at junction keep to right and follow new trail. At 3 miles you will find waterfalls. Total mile is 3 one way  and 1400 foot gain. To go to the top of Teneriffe that top is at about 4800' and so you go another 3400' and it is straight up.


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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Weather Washington Cascades- Extended

Issued 1-6-2015

Forecast models continue the pattern of a ridge of high pressure that tends to reform over our region and this will be the case between now till 1-19-2015. However, weather systems will break through the ridge at times for some light snow. Generally temperatures will run above normal with precipitation normal to below normal.

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