Kamikaze Falls and Mount Teneriffe Summit

05/04/13

Kamikaze Falls and Mount Teneriffe Summit

A trip report for Mount Teneriffe Falls & Summit
Posted by jessie
Road Issues: Road is great
Trail Condition: Minor obstacles, but hikeable
Bugs: Not an issue
Snow Level: Starts at 3,000 ft

This is one of my favorite hikes I have ever done! The pictures from the summit can't even come close to how amazing it is up there. Here's the run down:

All the directions I read said that the trailhead is 3.5 miles from the Mt. Si trailhead, but I think it's closer to three miles. You'll know because you'll get to the end of the road and you'll see a while sign that says something like "private road ahead" and there's a parking lot off to the left. That's it - there's no sign that says the name of the trail, but there's a blue gate at the start.

After about maybe 3/4 of a mile in, the trail forks and you should go right. Shortly after that, you'll see the sign pointing you toward the falls. The trail switchbacks across talus fields, and you get the first glimpse of valley and mountain views. When you get to the falls, there are lots of places to get close to the water - it's really flowing right now from all the snow melt.

If you stop at the falls, It's still a nice hike. BUT. If you are up for it, you should absolutely do the summit. After the falls, the trail gets way steeper. For a lot of it, it's along the ridge line, so it's obvious where you should go. Sometimes the trail kind of disappears but just keep going up. There are lots of spots to stop and take a rest and I would definitely suggest that because it just keeps getting harder all the way to the top. There was a pretty good amount of snow, but we did it without trekking poles, and just had regular hiking boots, and it was totally fine. The weather was so warm, the snow felt good. You'll definitely slip around a lot but it's fine.

The summit is So. Beautiful. Amazing views of Rainier, some of the best I've seen, and you can see all the way to Baker. Take your time up there, you will not want to rush down. But when you do, if there's enough snow, I suggest a nice slide down on your butt. Will your butt get wet? Yes. Will you care? Not even a little.

All in all, this hike is not to be missed! It definitely earns it's rating of "punishing" from the falls to the summit, but it really is worth it. The only thing I would say is don't summit if it's cloudy - without the views, it wouldn't be as amazing at the top. Do it!

Comments (3)

Awesome trip report, makes me want to see that view!

Photos are awesome- thanks Jessie! We'll work on getting the pictures to default to the right orientation.

Sorry these pictures are sideways! Oops.