Ascent of Mount Teneriffe on 2019-08-03

Climber: Michele Arnold

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Saturday, August 3, 2019
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Teneriffe
    Elevation:4788 ft / 1459 m

Ascent Trip Report

What a great day on Mt. Teneriffe today! Arrived at the TH at 6:50 am and gates were already open. Current signage indicates they unlock gates at 7 am and close/lock them at 8pm. Took the long/traditional route (not Kamikaze/not Teneriffe Falls) and mileage measured ~6.7-6.8 miles from TH to summit one-way. The trail is well maintained with good signage and route finding is not an issue. Even in snowy conditions, trees along the upper route are marked with tree scars (see photo). As you approach the summit, do not be dissuaded by the small 'false summit' knob in the trees-- keep going for another 0.4-0.5 miles and you're there. Arrived at the summit in 2.5 hours with no significant stops/breaks.

Don't let other trip reports trip you up-- there aren't really any 'boulders' at the top-- just ~20' of typical summit talus and vegetation, and it is class 1-2 (you really won't even need to put a hand down). There is some exposure on the north and east side of the summit block, but this is no Si haystack and is not steep enough to warrant a rope (a la Mt. Catherine). Yes, your dog can make it (I wish I had brought mine).

Trail surface is packed dirt and soft near the top, lovely to run. Scattered rocks but stable footing along the path's lower elevation. Runability is equivalent to 'new Mailbox'. This is not even as steep/steady as Mt. Si and although it is longer than Mailbox, it feels easier. There are long stretches of level path here and there that make for a refreshing break. A few ripe berries remain but they've been picked pretty clean.

A leisurely pace down (filled with lots of short stops for photos) took just over 2 hours. By the time I was back at the TH, the Teneriffe parking lot was about 65% full, and the transit buses were running with a handful of hikers loading/unloading at the Teneriffe, Si, and Si overflow lots.

Use some caution on Mt. Si road-- a mama elk and calf were lounging in the road around a blind curve at 6:45 am.

All in all this summit provides some of my favorite views along the I-90 corridor-- spotted Mts. Baker, Shuksan, Glacier, Defiance, Granite (just barely!), and obviously Si and Rainier.

Happy trails!
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