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Mount Teneriffe, Washington

Mount Teneriffe is located Southeast of Mount Si. and stands about 600 feet taller. There were very few people on the the trail when I went, but, the trail is along an old road so it is very easy to follow. The only uncertainty I had is near the beginning of the trail the road forks with no sign. Take the left fork to get to Mount Teneriffe.

The trail is 7 miles each way with an elevation gain of about 4000 feet. Once you get above 3200 feet there are many spots on the trail with nice views. So, if you decided not to go all the way you will still have some nice views.

(May 1, 2004; up-3:50, down-2:45)

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A picture of Mount Teneriffe. For much of the trail it doesn't seem like I am getting any closer to the mountain and may have missed a turn. But, then I remember it is a 7 mile trail. This picture shows the portion of the forest that must be navigated in order to reach the summit. The saddle is on the left edge of the picture and Mount Teneriffe is on the right edge. There is almost no trail between the two. This picture was taken as I stood on the trail facing north just below and to the west of Mt. Teneriffe. When you near the saddle of a mountain and see blue sky ahead you know you are in for an impressive site. See the next four photos to see what I mean Just a few step forward from the last picture and I see the peak of a mountain just above the snow.
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A few more feet and a mountain range begins to appear. A little closer. What a view! A little bit of Rachor Lake can be seen near the center of this picture.
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After I reached the saddle I continued along the fairly level snow east to the spot pictured here. There was a bare spot in the snow and provided a terrific spot to have a snack and enjoy the view. This was the view from the spot I rested and ate a snack. Another picture from my rest stop. This was one was taken facing east. To reach the summit of Mount Teneriffe you must hike up through the forest where there is no trail. On this day there was still plenty of snow on the forest floor even though day time temperatures have been in the 60s F and even 70s F.
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I've included this picture because it gives some indication of how steep the hike is up to the summit of Mount Teneriffe. Just as I anticipated an awesome view as I reached the saddle this picture shows my view as I approached the summit of Mt. Teneriffe. As I near the summit the sky starts to get more blue and less white. The Central Cascade Mountain Range beings to appear.
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I've reached the summit. This is it, the summit of Mount Teneriffe. The size of my pack helps to put the narrow peak in perspective. The rocks in the foreground are Mount Teneriffe, just behind my knee is Mount Washington, and Mount Rainier is in the background. From left to right: Rattlesnake Lake, Rattlesnake Ridge, Mount Si
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The Haystack at Mount Si. I think this is Green Mountain. Mailbox Peak just right of center in the background. I saw this bird on my way back down the trail. Unfortunately the picture is out of focus. Bird seemed large, maybe 1 foot long. It was walking around eating leaves off the small plants.

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The pictures in this gallery were taken with a Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera. Any use of these pictures without permission from the photographer is strictly prohibited. Email me to request permission to use any of these pictures or if you would like a higher resolution version.