It was one of the first nice days since I’d been back from Hawaii, and yes Maui was beautiful but nothing compares to the mountains of the PNW. My friend Aimee had the day off too and we settled on hiking Mt. Teneriffe, one I had always wanted to do. The trail begins heading towards Teneriffe/Kamikaze falls, a popular 5.5 mile hike to a very large cascading waterfall.
Once we hit the falls, we veered right up the climbers trail towards the top. The climbers trail gains over 2,000 feet of elevation in a little over a mile. We hit the snow when we broke through the trees and could see the peak just a few hundred feet above us.
Unfortunately within a few minutes of snow travel we started seeing signs of avalanche danger. Aimee tested the snow just to be on the safe side and found a clean slab break just a few feet under. Deciding the danger was too high, we immediately turned around and abandon our summit for the day.
It’s always disappointing to have your destination in site and not be able to reach it, but I’d rather be safe than sorry. Mt. Tenerrife, I’ll be back for you!
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Before attempting Mt Teneriffe, please visit WTA.ORG for hike difficulty, gear requirements, and recent trip reports. Also, please take a few minutes to become educated on avalanche awareness and check conditions before hiking in snow on NWAC.US