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Jessi Loerch | jloerch@heraldnet.com
Published: Monday, September 16, 2013, 3:22 p.m.

Interesting weather at Minotaur Lake, Labyrinth Mtn.

  • The mountain crest to the west of Labyrinth Mountain make for interesting weather patterns.

    Mike Riley

    The mountain crest to the west of Labyrinth Mountain make for interesting weather patterns.

A few weeks ago, I hiked up to Minotaur Lake. It's a short, steep hike. I loved the view so much, I'm hoping to scramble up nearby Labyrinth Mountain soon.

Mike Riley, a local hiker, emailed me about his trip in August. He has a fun video here that shows the hailstorm he and his group were trapped in. (At 0:25 you can see the hail bouncing around like large, painful popcorn.)

From Mike: "That was the weekend the thunderstorms went through the Cascades and caused the washouts at Cascade River Road and SR 20. On the Friday night, we enjoyed a continuous lightning show for about 4 hours, and the next night, it rained for several hours. On the Saturday, at around 6 p.m., we experienced a 15 minute hail storm where the stones exceeded one inch (my car shows it). ... Interestingly, by morning each day, it was as peaceful as one could imagine and my North Face tent handled it great.

"Also, it is only an 800-foot climb from the lake to Labyrinth Mountain. It is a fascinating viewpoint. Because it is higher than the surrounding region, it is like an island, and because it is a couple miles east of the crest, it is a great place to see how the Cascades act as a barrier to the marine air flows."

*Correction, Sept. 20, 2013: The caption on the photo has been corrected to accurately describe the direction the photo was taken.

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