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Mount Teneriffe Road Trail

Begin your hike on an old logging road, climbing through young forest and meadows for two miles. Begin switchbacking at a slightly steeper incline for a further two miles.

Four miles in, the views become amazing, including the Cedar River Watershed, Rattlesnake Ledge and Ridge, as well as Mailbox Peak, and other peaks in the Middle Fork Snoqualmie Valley.

Cross a creek, and a side trail angles off toward Mount Si. Stick to the road. 2 miles past the viewpoint, hikers stand below the summit in a borad saddle. Either stop here to enjoy the views, or leave the road for a half-mile trek along a bootpath leading up the ridge to the summit knoll.
Driving Directions:

The trailhead is located a mile past the Mount Si trailhead. Take I-90 to exit 32, head north, then left on North Bend Way. In less than half a mile you'll see the turnoff for Mount Si Road on the right. Follow the road for about 3 miles, you'll see the school bus turnaround on your left around 480th Ave SE. Park your car and head up the logging road.

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Mount Teneriffe Road Trail — Feb 21, 2014 — dbriggs5
Day hike
Issues: Water on trail | Snow on trail
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A few friends and I set out to do Teneriffe today just before sunrise since it seemed like a pretty ...
A few friends and I set out to do Teneriffe today just before sunrise since it seemed like a pretty modest winter hike not to far from home. We got drenched from the trailhead until around about 1700 feet and a transition to snow. The road is a very gentile incline until around 2300 feet where steeper switchbacks start. Pretty soon after this point we decided to put on snowshoes because of all the fresh powder. No tracks were visible in this section.

The road continues with gradually deeper snow (eventually three or four feet today) until the junction to blowdown peak. If you haven't tried this hike before watch out for the several false roads which take convincing paths away from the main road. We had to do some backtracking after making a wrong turn around 3900 feet.

The junction to the boot trail was very clear even in today's winter wonderland. The road takes a sharp left down past blowdown peak and a smaller road/boot trail continues up a ridge. eventually thinning. We completely lost the trail after continuing a while towards the peak, but if you follow the most prominent ridge you will get there.

The final 150 vertical feet was very difficult with recent powder and with some deep drifts. Even with snowshoes we were sinking in 1-2 feet and it was quite tiring. The last few feet were ice today though which was a nice relief after so much powder making our way up the ridge. Beware of the large cornices at the summit. They are not easily visible and could very well give under your weight. Be smart and stay well back from the edge.

Overall a great, but long snowshoe through the clouds in a beautiful environment. A map and compass were a must today and a GPS helped as well. Snowshoes are a definite requirement. We used microspikes for awhile as well but probably could have gone without.

Car: 6:50
Summit: 12:40-1:05
Car: 4:12
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Mount Teneriffe Road Trail, Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Feb 09, 2014 — toph3r
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Set out early Sunday morning to climb Teneriffe. Left the trail head about 7:30 and there was only ...
Set out early Sunday morning to climb Teneriffe. Left the trail head about 7:30 and there was only one other car there.

About a mile up the road we took the junction to the right to head up to Kamikaze falls. From about the junction to the falls there was pretty consistent snow on the trail, but not difficult to handle. The falls was pretty frozen over and a great view.

From the falls, we took the booth path that heads up to Teneriffe. for the next quarter/half mile you have a steep uphill climb to the ridge. With the snow on the ground, it was definitely a "hands and feet" scramble up to the ridge.

Once you get to the ridge, you basically just follow that all the way up. The snow level was maybe mid-boot until you reach the clearing/treeline.

At the treeline, the snow became about shin deep. We packed in snowshoes and crampons, we didn't end up using either. We decided it would be easier with a party of 3 to just kick steps and just summit push. Near the top we passed a guy who was strapping on his snowshoes for the summit. In we saw him again at the top and he commented it would probably have been better to leave the snowshoes off.

On the way down we decided to take the road. It was much longer (I think about twice the length) but much less steep. Descending the Kamikaze route would have been slick and steep. I would have felt more confident with some micro-spikes, but didn't have any (crampons would have been overkill).

The descent down the road was very pleasant grade and good snow level. About halfway down the snow got pretty shallow, just enough to make the dirt a little slick and cover the patches of ice (so be careful).

The loop was around 11 miles and we got back to the trail head about 1pm.

The only thing I would change would have been to pack a set of micro-spikes.
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Mount Teneriffe Road Trail, Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Feb 01, 2014 — grummer
Day hike
Issues: Snow on trail
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Several inches of fresh snow made for a beautiful day on Mount Teneriffe. We hit the trail around 9 ...
Several inches of fresh snow made for a beautiful day on Mount Teneriffe. We hit the trail around 9 AM and followed the Kamikaze trail up past the falls and along the spine of the ridge to the peak of the mountain. The Kamikaze trail to the peak doesn't seem to be listed in the WTA's hiking guides but my understanding is that it is the shorter (about half as long), steeper (much steeper), alternative to the Teneriffe Road trail.

The snow began to cover the trail shortly after the falls, but it didn't get thick enough to warrant snowshoes until the last half mile and we did fine without. We didn't even need the micro spikes today because the fresh dry powder was the only snow this trail has seen in awhile. No hard-packed snow or ice to be found. As usual for Teneriffe, we felt like we had the mountain to ourselves. We only passed one other group after we got above the falls. It's always hard to believe the massively over-crowded Mt. Si parking lot is just a few miles away.

The Kamikaze route is always a great workout thanks to the many steep sections of trail but today was especially challenging in some spots with the loose snow covering most of the large rocks and steep inclines you have to scramble up. You definitely have to pay attention to your footing (no texting!).

I dug down to the rocks when we reached the peak and it looked like a little more than a foot of snow accumulation. The view was spectacular as always and we even got to enjoy a few brief minutes of direct sunshine before starting down on our descent.

This will always be one of my favorite hikes and I will certainly be back soon!
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Mount Teneriffe Road Trail, Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls) — Jan 19, 2014 — Tbone
Day hike
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There's a beast in them thar hills! Big Ass Mountain Goat at around 3700' aggressive and protective....
There's a beast in them thar hills! Big Ass Mountain Goat at around 3700' aggressive and protective. He saw me and he was all like "WHAAAT?" And then I was all like "WHAAT?" And then he was like "AHHH HELL NOOO!"
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Mount Teneriffe Road Trail — Jan 04, 2014 — trailsad44
Day hike
Issues: Blowdowns | Mud/Rockslide | Water on trail | Snow on trail | Avalanche danger
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We left from the trailhead at 10:02 am--the parking lot packed with Subarus and Hondas. The trail is...
We left from the trailhead at 10:02 am--the parking lot packed with Subarus and Hondas. The trail is steep and bare to Kamikaze falls. But beyond the falls, to the summit, the trail is a quad-killer, a dream-wrecker, and a panoramic-wonderland.

Beyond the falls the trail becomes a boot path, and you lose the crowds. In places it is a chute of slush that hindquarters have slid down gracefully out of control. Two miles from the summit the trail is nothing more than footprints up a snowfield.

Having spikes and trekking poles was a boon. (We talked to one poor couple who summited with neither and then slowly slid down--laughing out of frustration.)

The summit is beautiful--a panorama that shows you everything from Baker to Rainier, the Puget Sound to the Olympics, and the Enchantments to Seattle. But the best feeling is that you are looking down on Big Si and its throngs of beautiful people.

Be careful of the cornice, but take your time to enjoy the views. When you build up the courage and sense to leave the summit try to control your slide back to the falls through mud and snow.

Back at the parking lot you will have clocked eight miles and 8,000 feet of elevation roundtrip. This is the best hike I have done in the North Bend area, and am excited to see what it's like in all seasons.
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Location
Snoqualmie Pass -- North Bend Area
Department of Natural Resources
Statistics
Roundtrip 14.0 miles
Elevation Gain 3800 ft
Highest Point 4788 ft
Features
Waterfalls
Wildflowers/Meadows
Mountain views
User info
Discover Pass required
Guidebooks & Maps
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Pass (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)
Green Trails Mount Si No. 174
Green Trails Bandera No. 206

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