7-Day Forecast for Scenic Hot Springs Area (2,900 ft near beginning of Trail Head)

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Unusual Wet and Warm Weather

At this time of year we should be getting snow instead of the torrents of rains and warm weather.  And that presents some problems for soaking up at Scenic Hot Springs.  The normally hottest pool . . . fed by the Lobster Pot springs . . . is very sensitive to heavy rain downpours that saturate the groundwater and dilute these shallow-running feeds.  Thus the Lobster Pot pool run cold at a time when it should be hot and toasty.

The second feed, filling the other pool, is almost impervious to ground water (this feed is more protected and does not travel shallow).  So the Bear Den pool stays hot throughout this rains.

If you are thinking about a request to go to Scenic (or have already requested one) please take these unusual wet and warm conditions into mind.  One pool may be unsoakable, limiting the number of people we can permit.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Wintery Weather is coming . . .

Well, the snow is coming upon us.  There is a Winter Weather Advisory in effect tonight . . . 4-5 inches of snow in the Stevens Pass area.  So we want to take a moment to remind everyone planning on going into the back-country of the Cascades to go prepared.

Layered, water-resistant clothing, good boots, Trax, cleats or crampons for traction of steep icy trails, snowshoes (not needed yet, but will be soon) for the deep snow up to Scenic.  Carry the essentials including several ways to start an emergency survival fire.  Make sure that someone knows where you are going and when you plan to be back.

As the snows begin to stick and build up on Hwy 2, you will soon not be able to park at the gate and must go to the winter parking areas.  This means a short hike up the shoulders of the highway.  Please wear something highly reflective and be extremely careful.

Scenic has no known avalanche chutes . . . the slopes are heavily forested and not steep enough.  If you stick to the trail you will be fine.  Areas of concern are the cleared and steep slope of the BPA clearcut below the access road.  Stay on the road. Please don't give in to the temptation to ski or slide down the open slopes below the road.

One other area of concern is the last five hundred feet of the trail that is very steep and typically turns into an icy chute later in the season.  Have traction devices ready for use if necessary.

Please remember that the sun goes down early in winter.  Don't get trapped in trying to get down in the dark.  Soak responsibly, limit alcohol and stay sharp, recognize heat and cold-associated dangers and protect yourself and your fellow soakers.  Above all, enjoy the magic of a wintery hot spring soak.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

A Successful Clean Up Event

Eight of us made last Saturdays' 'work party' and accomplished the goals we needed.

There was a large boulder overlooking the soaking pools that had made . . . well, at least Matt and myself . . . nervous for some time. The boulder was large . . . the boulder sat on a steep slope no more than a dozen feet above and away from the pool . . . and . . . it just made us nervous. Obviously it scared a few other as attempts had been made to secure its' position on the slope. We felt that that boulder wasn't going to stay put one more season . . . it was time to move it out of the way. Little did we know just how unstable that boulder was until we started the probing prior to removal. The boulder was loose and movable just to the weight of a volunteer. 

A tree volunteered to become a rail to guide the boulder downhill instead of into the pools. Once that was in place it took all of us with rock bars and shovels to urge the boulder loose of its' perch. Looked good except it caught up in two trees just below the pools and would have eventually broken loose and gone on down out of control. So we had to winch the boulder back uphill and out of that clutch of trees to roll down a pre-defined course and a safer resting place far below. 

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Afterward, we soaked . . . checked out the trail of wrath by a four tons boulder . . . and enjoyed grilling burgers down below.  A very successful event ....

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Clean Up Party this Saturday

For those who missed it or didn't get on the list as a volunteer . . . this seasons first clean-up party at Scenic Hot Springs is happening this coming Saturday.  It is not too late to get involved, help out Scenic . . . and enjoy some rare camping and night-time soaking at Scenic Hot Springs.

For those that would like to camp and soak under the night-time sky, join us Friday night around 7pm at the gate and we'll head in, set up camp and learn the ancient secrets to making smores by the campfire between luxurious relaxation in the hot spring pools.  Bet you never realized just how many stars there are up there!

Only can get free Saturday and want to help?  We'll be meeting people at the gate around 10-11am and get started on the day's activities (after a mandatory safety briefing).

After the work is done it is time to get in that pool and soak away any sore muscles for giving us your best efforts Smiley   We will probably have a tailgate burger grill before we end the day with much thanks from us.

So give us a holler if you would like to participate.  No late, uninvited shows at the gate.  This is by invitation only.

Monday, August 04, 2014

Clean Up Event August 23rd, 2014 (Please note the change of date)

Correction:  Due to other obligations we have change this event to the following weekend, Saturday, August 23rd, 2014.

We will be having a clean-up event at Scenic Hot Springs this coming August 16th (a Saturday) to August 23rd, 2014 (also a Saturday).  This event will be physical as we will be moving some objects.

As always, participants are welcome to come the Friday night before for an opportunity to camp at Scenic and enjoy a rare opportunity to soak at night.  The following day we will block off the trails during the actual work up above.

All Scenic Clean Up Events are clothing-optional so enjoy it au'natural if you want . . . only let common sense prevail . . . gloves and good boots are important  :-)

Matt will run this event and I may or may not be recovered enough to come.  In either case, lets get a good turn out.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Scenic Conditions and an Update

Scenic Hot Springs is still recovering from the late-spring snowmelt that affects one of the two pools . . . the Lobster Pot.  The two pools at Scenic are fed from separate hot springs feeds.  The three feeds that come into the Lobster Pot (normally the hotter springs) are affected by snowmelt and the accompanying shallow ground water that drops the pool temperatures unacceptably low.  The Lobster Pot feeds normally recover to full temperatures in late May.

The other pool (Bear Den) is fed from different springs sources that are not as affected by snowmelt.  This sources remain hot throughout the year.  So for the next few weeks more only this pool is available for reservations.  We limited the daily usage to keep up the quality of the water and experiences of the users.

On another note, I reported on this blog last month on my health conditions and some readers have taken this to mean 1) that I am the owner or 2) that the springs are closed.
  1. I am not the owner of Scenic Hot Springs.  Along with Matt (who usually answers reservation requests) we are the legal stewards for Scenic Hot Springs at the owners request.
  2. The hot springs are not closed . . . for the moment, access is limited due to the snowmelt but we still will process reservations.
As for my health, I am in the middle of chemotherapy and soon onto radiation to treat my cancer.  But I am still involved with Scenic so expect me up there.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Thank you for the Good Thoughts

My return journey into that 'wonderful' world of chemotherapy (and later, radiation) is underway again.  This is a secondary cancer . . . aggressive and fast-moving.  I feel that I am at the top of the ski slope looking down and that slope gets slippery and treacherous very quickly.  But down it I must go.

I have the desire . . . but I wish I had the energy ... to get back up to Scenic and soak in the soothing, healing pools of the springs.  Scenic is so special ...

However, Scenic is for good thoughts.  If God, wishes, I will make it up to Scenic sometime soon.


Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Calendar Updates . . . .

By now many of you will have noticed the lack of updates to the reservation calendar in the sidebar.  For that, I apologize for you see, I'm back in the hospital undergoing another series of chemo and possibly radiation.  However, I have tolerated the first new round okay and the doctors are very optimistic . . . so I expect and plan of getting back in shape soon and helping to take care of the hot springs.  Now that the initial syndrome that got me back into the hospital is reduced and future chemo is out-patient I will be trying very hard to keep this blog and the calendar up to date.