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New Meetup: Mt Teneriffe (Kamikaze Falls Route) Afternoon Hike

From: Shabnam
Sent on: Friday, August 6, 2010 11:35 AM
Announcing a new Meetup for Eastside Hikers Meetup Group!

What: Mt Teneriffe (Kamikaze Falls Route) Afternoon Hike

When: Wednesday, August 11,[masked]:15 PM

Where: Eastgate Park & Ride
14244 SE Eastgate Way[masked] N[masked] W
Bellevue, WA 98007

Hi All,
Let's do another afternoon conditioner this coming week. We will meet at the Eastgate P&R on the westside at 3:15. Please bring a headlamp as we may be coming down in the dark. I have only done this hike once before with a 40# and barely got to the top.. so this I will bring less and see if it is more enjoyable. This is definatley a tough hike. Read the stats below. If you running late please give me a call at[masked]-6096.. otherwise we will only wait around for a a couple of minutes.

Miles: about 3-4 miles
Elevation Gain 4000 ft.
High Point: 4841 ft

Trail Details:
4788 ft, Elevation Gain 3900 ft. Need a break from Mt. Si ? Try its neighbor, Mt. Teneriffe, which lies 2 miles to the east. It can be seen from I-90 as a "knob" or a point that juts out from the ridge. The winter route goes up a logging road for the first 3500+ feet. This is generally safe except in higher avalanche conditions. To get there, drive on the Mt. Si Road a few miles past the Mt. Si trailhead. Park at a turnout on a gravel road which has a closed metal gate. This will be just past a school bus turnaround sign. Walk up the road, staying on the main road ad nauseum until you are fairly high and traveling east. You will pass a cabin on your left, and you will reach a saddle where the road ends. The fun begins here, where you head through the timber in a southerly direction on the ridge that goes to the top. This can be drippy, icy, etc. You may have to drop down off the ridge top in a couple of places to avoid obstacles. At the top is a rock slab that ends in a drop-off so if it is snow covered, there may be a cornice to avoid. Another winter option for the ambitious is snowshoeing to Mt. Teneriffe from Mt. Si, thereby avoiding the logging road approach.

When there is no snow, you can take a fun, rugged trail up Mt. Teneriffe. Park in the same place. Instead of staying on the main gravel road, take the first unobstructed fork to the right. It turns into a trail which soon traverses west through a large clear cut. When it reaches a stream, the trail heads steeply up to the right, and continues until it dramatically reaches a ridge crest. At this point you are about halfway to the summit. Turn left and go up the ridge. The trail may fade out in places, but with care you can re-connect with it until you are near the summit. I have never found a perfect way up the final couple hundred feet, but avoid the first rocky summit block you see off to the right because it is dangerously loose rock. Instead, skirt around to the left and pick your way upward through annoying vegetation and not so steep rock. Keep going up and you will eventually reach the summit. After enjoying the view, take care on the way down to find the trail or you could go down the wrong ridge.

Lastest Trip Report: (July 13, 2010)
Had hiked up to Kamikaze Falls a couple of months ago (May 21) and had wanted to go up to summit of Mt Teneriffe. Today would be the day. I had planned to hike Teneriffe a few times and ended up going to Plan B's or C's a few times due to weather. Only one other vehicle at trailhead. Today started out once again cloudy, but the weather report was better. I hiked via the Kamikaze Falls trail again. The first section (less than a mile) is on a logging road and the trail to the right to Kamikaze Falls is still partially blocked with orange flexible fencing. The sign from DNR and Mts to Sound Greenway is still posted at the main trailhead and at the Kamikaze Falls trailhead. Only half the fencing remained, the other half was piled on the ground. Obviously this trail is heavily used despite not offically being open yet. Still not sure why not. Trail to falls is in good shape. I did not linger at the falls as I just saw it and was trying to make good time to Teneriffe summit. Trail not as defined past the falls but still relatively easy to follow. But is gets much steeper. Very few level spots. I managed to keep a steady pace as I trudged along. I got encouraged as I noted the clouds starting to burn off and/or I was just getting above them. Most of this route is in the woods but a few openings to scenery on way up, including nice view of Mt Rainier. As I neared the summit noted a few wildflowers in bloom including phlox, paintbrush (minimal), mountain heather, and a vast array of Davidson's Penstemon along the rocky areas of the summit block. Made summit in about 2 1/4 hours. I'm impressed by an earlier report on this site of some guys that made it in 2 hours and that was encountering some ice and snow on trail. Those guys are studs. Nice lunch on summit which I had all to myself. Nice views to south and east but clouded in to north and west. Got a few photos before my camera battery died. Went down trail that leads to road, which is the route that most guidebooks list. But it is much longer about 7 miles instead of the 3-4 miles of the Kamikaze route. There is a small cabin along the upper part of the road. Might be for loggers. Noted a lot of cut logs up high. Down a bit lower, quite a view of the Mt Si haystack from the road. Finally encountered first person coming up the road. He was shooting for Teneriffe summit but didn't know it's name. Was already about 2 PM but should be plenty of light this time of year. Saw another young guy sprinting up the trail toward the end. He came back down soon later and I struck up a conversation. Turns out he was visiting from Germany. Wir haben ein bissien Duetsch gesprochen. Sorry that is probably a bit butchered. Nice young fellow. He had relatives here in the States, and I met the rest of the extended family at the trailhead. What a workout! The Teneriffe Traverse may not be for everybody but I enjoyed it.

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