Mount Teneriffe

A very strenuous 14 mile day hike with 3,800 feet of elevation gain that passes the beautiful Kamikaze Falls in the Mount Si Natural Resources Conservation Area near North Bend.

Getting there

Take Exit 32 off of I-90 near North Bend. Turn left, crossing over I-90, and follow 468th Ave NE to SE North Bend Way and turn left.  Turn right onto SE Mount Si Road. After crossing the bridge across the Middle Fork Snoqualmie River, continue ~3 miles to the large paved parking area on the left (820 ft).

Notes

  • The parking lot open only from 7:00am to 5:00pm.
  • The school-bus turnaround is now off-limits for parking.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION - TRAILHEAD DIRECT

On weekends and designated holidays, Trailhead Direct takes riders to three hiking destinations: Mount Si, Issaquah Alps, and Mailbox Peak. All buses are run by King County and regular fares apply, just like in the city. By establishing this service, Trailhead Direct aims to increase accessibility to local trails, limit vehicle congestion in trailhead parking lots, and reduce carbon emissions. If you will have a group of more than 10 people, please fill out this form to reserve seating.

on the trail

mount teneriffe (4,788 ft)

a strenuous 14-mile round trip hike with 3,800 feet of elevation gain

From the parking lot, take the new 0.6-mile access trail and turn left on the old logging road. This road quickly narrows to a trail which goes first north then turns west. After 0.4 mile on this trail, look for the sign marked "Teneriffe Falls" and take it. This recently improved trail follows switchbacks in and out of a talus field until it reaches Kamikaze (aka Teneriffe) Falls at about 2,450 ft.

Just before reaching the falls, look for a climbers trail to the right. Follow this trail as it climbs 400 feet to a saddle at about 2,950 ft and turn left heading directly up the ridge. There may be several bootpaths but they typically converge and diverge as you ascend the ridge. At about 4,300 ft the trail heads leftward through a high meadow and a rock band. After passing through a last stand of trees, reach the summit at 4,788 ft, a short scramble beyond the trees.

On the descent take care to follow the path up as it is possible to stray onto the wrong ridge.

  • Alternatively, from the summit it is possible to descend northwest along a ridge until intersecting with the terminus of an old logging road. This logging road can be followed to loop back to the trailhead, or it can be used to connect a Teneriffe - Mount Si traverse hike.

Talus Loop via teneriffe trailhead

6-miles round trip with 1,600 feet of elevation gain and a 2,080 ft high point

A nice alternative to the more popular Mount Si and Little Si trailheads. Hike the Teneriffe Falls Trail, then take the Spring Trail to Talus Loop Trail and then to Snag Flats. Continue down the Mount Si Trail, reconnect briefly with the lower section of the Talus Loop Trail and finally take the Roaring Creek Trail to reconnect with the Teneriffe Falls Trail and hike back to the parking lot. Most of the elevation gain is on the way to Snag Flats, with minor gain on the lower portion of the loop on the way back.

scramble routes

mount teneriffe (4,788 ft)

14 miles round trip with 3,800 feet of elevation gain

In winter or spring, Mount Teneriffe becomes a scramble. The mileage will vary a bit depending on how much of the trail may be hiked and how much snow must be scrambled. Serendipity Ridge is a nice alternative.

blowdown mountain (4,560 ft) and crater lake mountain (4,351 ft)

a 12-mile round trip scramble with 4,400 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: strenuous 4, technical 2

From top of Mount Si continue on the path and road to where that road terminates northwest of Mount Teneriffe. Ascend past 4,440 ft, then follow the ridge northwest, descend west to a saddle, and then ascend continuing west to the summit of Blowdown Mountain. The views are not great, but in winter, this is all that daylight may allow. From Blowdown Mountain, travel north, descending to a saddle and then ascending to Crater Lake Mountain.

Dixie Peak (4,606 ft)

a scramble with 4,400 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: strenuous 4, technical 4

From top of Mount Si continue on the path and road to where that road terminates northwest of Mount Teneriffe. Ascend past 4,440 ft, then follow the ridge northwest and then north to Dixie Peak.

snowshoe routes

mount teneriffe (4,788 ft)

13 miles round trip with 3,300 feet of elevation gain

In winter or spring, Mount Teneriffe becomes a snowshoe and a scramble. The mileage will vary a bit depending on how much of the trail may be hiked and how much snow must be scrambled. The last half mile along the summit ridge is a scramble.

INFORMATION FOR LEADERS

  • Permits are required in this area for all fee-based (course-related) activities, regardless of group size. Leaders may list trips at this route/place with the understanding that they need to verify that a permit has been obtained before running the trip (if required as outlined above). Permit applications are submitted to WA Department of Natural Resources annually in December. Please contact info@mountaineers.org with any additional questions. More details about permitting on WA DNR land as it applies to Mountaineers trips, as well as our current year Land Use License, can be found here.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Scrambling, Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing Category: Intermediate
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Very Strenuous
  • Length: 14.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
  • 4,788 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Si NRCA
  • Parking Permit Required: Discover Pass
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Mount Si NRCA No. 206S
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  • Mount Teneriffe/Serendipity Ridge
  • Talus Loop via Teneriffe Trailhead
  • Mount Teneriffe-Mount Si Traverse
  • Blowdown Mountain
  • Crater Lake Mountain
  • Crater Lake & Blowdown Mountains
  • Dixie Peak
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