2017/12/3 – Mount Teneriffe VI (Kamikaze Trail) / 坦納利弗山之六 (神風小道)

Welcome to infinity
Welcome to infinity

Photos from this trip can be found here.

In searching of a shorter outing today, we resorted to this one of my off-season favorites. Two years since our last visit, and I was excited to see the new parking lot put in by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) over Fourth of July weekend.

The gate opened at a quarter after 7, we pulled into the brand spanking new empty lot and started hiking soon after. The new connector trail shaved off a good chunk of road walk and we made good time to the Teneriffe Falls. Snow free trail with a dusting of snow few switchbacks before the falls.

Teneriffe Falls
Teneriffe Falls

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Rain, soon followed by snow, came down at a quarter after 8, and continued for an hour before finally stopping. Fortunately the thick forest provided great protection from most of the precipitation.

More snow appeared just past the falls as the climbers trail snaked its way up steep slopes. I put on microspikes on the ridge for traction getting through the next several steep sections. More fresh powder with every bit of elevation gain, but we were able to walk comfortably without postholing.

Good snow
Good snow

Photos from this trip can be found here.

I put on snowshoes before getting onto the deep snow at the 4,400′ clearing. We plowed through fresh knee-high powder in the directions of summer trail while negotiating outcrops looming overhead. It began to snow again.

Trail breaking was cumbersome, but glad we only had to do this in the last 250′ of the ascent. Sky never cleared up in late morning as per weather forecast. Complete whiteout at the top, our only view were the rows of trees below the summit.

Seeing summit
Seeing summit

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Light snowfall during our half-hour stay on top, then the wind kicked in. Another hiker came up later, but stayed and chit chatted only for a few minutes before leaving the summit. Pup and I left shortly after him.

We met another group of six down at the clearing as they carefully made their way up the steep section. We ran into two more solo hikers down on the ridge, followed by a few groups enjoying their time at the falls.

South view
South view

Photos from this trip can be found here.

Access: Mount Teneriffe Trailhead
Gear: snowshoes, microspikes


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