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Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls)

You'll work up a sweat on this easy to moderate hike to the spectacular Teneriffe Falls (formerly Kamikaze Falls). Go in the spring when the tread is snow-free and the waterfall is flowing at full volume. Along the way, you'll be rewarded with views of the surrounding Snoqualmie valley and nearby peaks. With limited parking at the trailhead, this trail doesn’t get too crowded. It's a nice alternative to neighboring Little Si and Mt. Si if you are looking for a quiet hike near North Bend.

The hike starts from an unsigned trailhead at the school bus turn-around off SE Mt. Si Road (elevation: 950 feet). Walk around the gate and follow the gently inclining Mount Teneriffe Road for just under one mile. At this point (elevation: 1230 feet), you’ll reach an unsigned but obvious junction with another road/trail. Turn right here and the wide tread will soon narrow as the trail climbs gradually along a wooded ridgeline with occasional views of the valley below. You’ll cross a couple of shallow creek beds that are normally dry, but may have water flowing through them during periods of heavy rain or snowmelt. Wet or dry, they should be easy to cross.

At approximately 2 miles from the trailhead (elevation 1600 feet), you’ll reach the next intersection, signed: “Teneriffe Falls.” This is the start of the new trail. For hikers familiar with the old bootleg trail that was painfully steep and dangerously slippery, the new switch-backed trail is a delight! If you’re looking for a workout, don’t worry, you’ll still get it on the new trail. Over the next mile, you’ll gain most of the elevation on this hike, approximately 770 vertical feet. Thanks to the work of the Department of Natural Resources and the Mountains-to-Sound Greenway, the new trail makes the effort enjoyable.

The 20+ switchbacks up to the base of the falls wind in and out of tree cover. If the weather is clear, you’ll have wonderful views of surrounding peaks and the Snoqualmie valley below. If not, enjoy the second and third growth forest you’re walking through and the sounds and sights of the nearby stream flowing from Teneriffe Falls. You might glimpse sections of the old bootleg trail that ran parallel to the stream along the way. Please stick to the new trail! It was built to provide a safer trail for hikers and to minimize erosion and sediment in the fish-bearing stream. The tread consists of loose rock in places, so sturdy shoes or boots will help keep your ankles and feet happy on this hike. If you are hiking with children, keep them close by as there are some steep drop-offs along the trail.

As you near the end of the trail, you’ll get a view of the lower part of Teneriffe Falls. Snap a photo, and then continue up the last couple switchbacks to a viewpoint for the upper falls. You’ll reach this point (unsigned) at approximately 3 miles from the trailhead and at 2370 feet in elevation.

Due to funding issues, this last section has not been brought up to standards. As a result, the DNR does not consider the trail complete. The viewing area is a small, mostly flat area with a steep downhill drop-off, so be careful where you step and where you set your pack. If you choose to scramble down to the level area between the upper and lower falls, be aware of slippery rocks and sketchy hand and foot holds. Both make it difficult to get down and then back up to the trail safely. For groups of three people or fewer, this makes a nice snack or lunch spot. Larger groups should choose a spot down trail to take a break.
Driving Directions:

From I-90, take exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 miles to SE North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (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. The trailhead is unsigned except for a notice that a Discover Pass is required to park here.

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Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Apr 20, 2014 — Old Rod
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Nice Easter Sunday to hike our first time to Kamikazi Falls. These falls are beautiful, especially a...
Nice Easter Sunday to hike our first time to Kamikazi Falls. These falls are beautiful, especially after this weeks rain. The first two miles only gained 600 ft elevation and followed a wide trail. The trail took a sharp turn to the right and headed up a narrow rocky trail. (Note: at this turn it looked like the trail went straight, so this was a bit confusing. There is a pole with notes indicating Teneriffe and the falls turn right.)

At 1350 climb from the parking lot, we reached the lower falls. After taking a few pictures we headed higher. At 1500 ft we reached the true falls. Sure glad to hiked on and did not turnaround at the first falls.

From here we headed up the very steep trail toward Teneriffe, just to get the feel of this trail. We climbed 500 feet to the ridge, where we stopped a nice spot for a snack before heading back down.

This hike had many views of Rattlesnake ridge, Mount Washington, McClellan Butte, Mailbox and others.
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Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Apr 18, 2014 — Playapixie
Day hike
Features: Wildflowers blooming
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Wow, the falls are seriously going off right now. Spring is definitely the time to visit Teneriffe ...
Wow, the falls are seriously going off right now. Spring is definitely the time to visit Teneriffe Falls. We visited on a friday mid-day and only encountered a few other parties on the trail, and were by ourselves while actually at the upper falls. The day was mostly cloudy and cool, and it was quite chilly and damp at the falls, but we found a nice boulder with a view in the sunshine for a lunch break on the way back down.

Much of the hike is an easy grade along an old road/wide trail. It is not well-marked at all with any official signs, but users have left rock arrows and makeshift signs to point the way. Most of the elevation gain is in the last 3/4 miles in a series of rocky switchbacks, where things suddenly become quite scenic as you alternate between views of the valley and the steep stream tumbling down from the falls. Sturdy shoes are a good idea. The falls after a spring rain are well worth the vertical challenge. :-)

Trillium and salmonberry blossoms are blooming.

GPS track: http://adventures.garmin.com/[…]/#overview
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Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Apr 13, 2014 — bonndiggity
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Decided to finally take advantage of this awesome weather and go hike. The trail was packed today. A...
Decided to finally take advantage of this awesome weather and go hike. The trail was packed today. Arrived at the TH around 1:00 pm and there was not a single parking space. Luckily, there was a house with a long driveway that allowed us to park there (for a fee of $5, however). My group and I crossed paths with many hikers throughout the hike. We took a few slight detours off trail to a few creeks that were really nice. The trail itself was pretty well maintained. Teneriffe Falls was amazing. Got up close and crossed the stream to the other side to take pictures. The mist from the water was refreshing considering this 70 weather is hot to us PNW natives haha.
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Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Apr 13, 2014 — ryebud
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Parking was tough on this beautiful spring day. A lady was holding a sign for parking, 5 bucks and ...
Parking was tough on this beautiful spring day. A lady was holding a sign for parking, 5 bucks and it was worth it. Beautiful hike, nice views and amazing waterfall. Surprised by all of the mosquitos so early in the season. They were congregated on the lower part of the hike, just before you take the right up to the falls. The trail was pretty crowded and most did not follow trail etiquette. If your dog is not totally socialized, don't bring it, trail can be narrow and I felt uncomfortable a couple of times.
Nice Day!
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Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Apr 06, 2014 — dholody
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Beautiful waterfalls. So-so day weather for the hike since it was pretty foggy. This is a pretty pop...
Beautiful waterfalls. So-so day weather for the hike since it was pretty foggy. This is a pretty popular hike so we passed many people on the trail. The trail was damp and since a good portion of the trail was on rocks it could get pretty slippery. I actually fell at one point and took a nice tumble. I picked up a few bruises but nothing of consequence.
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Teneriffe Falls (aka Kamikaze Falls). Photo by Susan Elderkin.
Location
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Washington Department of Natural Resources
Statistics
Roundtrip 6.0 miles
Elevation Gain 1420 ft
Highest Point 2370 ft
Features
Waterfalls
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
User info
Dogs allowed on leash
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Green Trails Mt Si NRCA/Snoqualmie Pass Gateway Peaks No. 206S*
*The new trail is not yet on this map.

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