Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Fagin's Hike of the Week-Teneriffe Falls (Kamikaze Falls)

Updated 1-13-2015

With the lack of snow this is easy to get to the falls (no snow) and for those with the ambition you can get to 4200 feet which there is no snow. And to the top at 4900' just with micro-spikes will do given low snow..

At the falls @ Gillian Wilkes 

On the way up it is steep @ George Mead

View at 4000' from outcrop @ Michael Fagin
Almost at top @ George Mead

Driving directions: From I-90, take exit 31 and go north to North Bend Way (less than mile) and turn right. Then go to Mt. Si. road and turn left (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.

Trail directions: Hike about 1 mile and turn right on an unmarked old road at waypoint  N47.29.667 W 121.42.410 at 1215 feet. Then at the 2 mile point of your hike at junction keep to right and follow new trail. At 3 miles you will find waterfalls. Total mile is 3 one way  and 1400 foot gain. To go to the top of Teneriffe that top is at about 4800' and so you go another 3400' and it is straight up.

Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.

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