Winchester Lookout Hike

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View From Inside the Lookout

Friday, October 7, 2016
Winchester Mt. & Fire Lookout. Difficulty level – moderate. The trail traverses a steep slope up a rocky ridge which is only one person wide in some locations. Elevation gain is 1320 ft. Spectacular 360° views of major mt. peaks. The hike is 3.4 miles round-trip, additional hiking can be added for those interested. The Forest Service gravel road is extremely rough and is only suitable for high clearance vehicles – four-wheel-drive recommended. Forest Pass or equivalent required. Carpool fee: at least $6. Meet in the SE corner of the Safeway parking lot on Sunset Drive to carpool and leave by 8:00 am. We will stop briefly at Maple Fuels in Maple Falls around 8:45 am. For more information contact Jennie and Steve (360) 656-5216, tosteve@mac.com
At a recent Club meeting, we realized that many members have not been to Winchester Lookout. This trip will help remedy that. The Fire Lookout located at 6521 ft. was built in 1935 and in the 1980s was scheduled for demolition until the Mt. Baker Club restored it. The Club continues to maintain the Lookout (thank you David Inscho). Check out the Club’s website for pictures and more history information.
When
Fri Oct 7, 2016 – 08:00 AM
Where
SE corner of the Safeway parking lot on Sunset Drive (map

Cancelled – The National Weather Service has issued a weather advisory for tonight and tomorrow.  Windy and rainy with 6-12 in of snow above 6000’  (Winchester is at 6521′).  Therefore we have cancelled the hike.  If a thaw and good weather appears, we may offer this as a short notice outing.

Special Weather Statement

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
753 AM PDT THU OCT 6 2016

WAZ567-568-070000-
CASCADES OF WHATCOM AND SKAGIT COUNTIES-
CASCADES OF SNOHOMISH AND KING COUNTIES-
753 AM PDT THU OCT 6 2016

...6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW EXPECTED OVER THE NORTH CASCADES ABOVE
6000 FEET TONIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING...

STEADY PRECIPITATION WILL SPREAD INTO THE NORTH CASCADES AFTER
SUNSET THIS EVENING...BECOMING INTENSE DURING THE OVERNIGHT HOURS
TONIGHT. WITH A FORECAST SNOW LEVEL NEAR 6000 FEET...THIS WILL
AMOUNT TO MODERATE AND HEAVY SNOW AMOUNTS FOR HIGH ELEVATIONS.
FROM TONIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING...6 TO 12 INCHES OF SNOW ARE
EXPECTED ABOVE 6000 FEET FROM THE GLACIER PEAK AREA NORTH TO THE
CANADIAN BORDER...INCLUDING HARTS PASS.

THOSE VENTURING INTO THE BACKCOUNTRY...INCLUDING HIKERS ALONG THE
PACIFIC CREST TRAIL...NEED TO BE PREPARED FOR THIS EARLY SEASON
SNOW OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY.

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