Kamikaze/Teneriffe Falls

#5 of 294 trails in Snoqualmie National Forest

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Kamikaze/Teneriffe Falls is a 6.06 mile out and back trail located near North Bend, Washington that features a waterfall. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking. Dogs are also able to use this trail. From the falls you can continue to the top of Teneriffe.

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Monica F. (142)

Thanks all for the earlier posts on trail conditions and parking.

Trail head is difficult to find. Go out Mt. Si Road past Mt. Si entrance, watch for sign on right for bus turnaround to the left. Park in the turnaround (Discover Pass required) but leave room for bus to turnaround. Very limited parking. Went on a weekday morning in the hopes of less foot traffic.

Great trail, easy to moderate. Agree with other posts, hiking boots a must, walking sticks helpful. Easy trail with slight incline to start, trail has some rocks. Was hoping to get to Kamikaze Falls, but came to the sign for Teneriffe Falls first. Headed up that trail, instead. Trail is still pretty wide and easy, still slight incline, then you come to the switchbacks. Lots of rocks (not gravel) used to maintain the trail. Switchbacks start. Only made it about 3/4 of the way up before we headed back down. Once we got back to the bottom of the trail (sign) headed out another mile or so to see if we could get to Kamikaze Falls. Lots of trail work being done, crossed 3 bridges with small waterfalls.

Great hike for a workout, enjoyed the beautiful day and blue skies. Looking forward to doing this hike again and hopefully getting to Kamikaze Falls and to the top of Teneriffe Falls. . . maybe even the top of the Mt. Teneriffe. I've been reading that it's a pretty steep climb to the top. Probably worth the view.

Richard Woltjer (36)

1 Completed1 Reviews

Great, moderate to hard hike. Starts on an extremely well graded, wide path. Easy climb. Advances to higher elevation gain and the last third, many switchbacks over rocky terrain and the steepest climb. As already said, don't attempt this in your tennies. You're asking for a sprain. Beautiful territorial views towards top. Unbelievably high waterfalls. Many places in way and at top to sit and eat. Bring water. And as said, minimal parking. There's more roadside parking 1/4 mile before the trailhead, but you've increased your hike length. We did today, arriving at 11:15 on Mothers Day. Parking at trailhead was nonexistent. The extra walk didn't bother us. Recommend this hike highly.

Chad S (288)

8 Completed7 Reviews

Parking scarce with no alternate options. Discover Pass required if you do find a spot. Very rocky once you get to the switchbacks. Hiking boots with plenty of ankle support recommended. We went on a nice Saturday and the falls were exceptionally crowded; took away from it a bit.

Bao-Yen Tran-Palelei (440)

5 Completed5 Reviews

I came here at 10:30 am on a Tuesday. The weather wasn't that great. It was very cloudy, chilly and there was a light rain. Of course given to the weather condition and the fact that it was a weekday there wasn't very many people at this trail. We saw only a few hikers on the way up the trail.

Road: The road to very straight forward but the unmarked parking lot can easily be missed. This trail is on Mount Si Road, the trail head is off to the left with very few parking spots. Not very many places to park nearby too. Discover pass required.

Trail: This is a pretty easy hike. The first two miles is basically a flat walk down a wide dirt gravel road with a slight incline. The forest is rather well covered for the majority of the hike. The last mile before reaching the falls is where the trail picks up most of the elevation. There were about 22 switchbacks. The switchbacks aren't too bad but they are narrow, steep and very rocky. Some of the rocks on the switchbacks were very loose and uneven so make sure you have sturdy shoes. Overall, the trail is largely free of obstacles and not too strenuous.

Bugs: Not too many bugs on this trail.

View: The views along the switchbacks are pretty nice. You can see all the different mountains, valleys and highways. There are a few small streams connected to the fall on the way up. The waterfall is amazing. I'm glad we came around this time before it drys up. The trail will take you to the left side of the waterfall but there are so many trees it is much better to crossover the stream and see it from the right side. Watching the waterfall flowing off the clift at full force a couple of hundred feet above us was mesmerizing.

Tips: Make sure you wear appropriate shoes because the switchbacks are VERY rocky. Be careful when crossing the steam to get to the right side of the falls.

cecily bishop (53)

2 Completed2 Reviews

Great Hike! The falls are simply gorgeous and worth the time. But don't follow the trail head directions here, or you'll end up in someone's backyard. Stay on Mt. Si Road, the trail head is off to the left, very few parking spots.

Teri ZeBarth (250)

9 Completed8 Reviews

Absolutely GORGEOUS! The directions to get to the trailhead are a little deceiving, and parking is limited. But the hike was TERRIFIC! Lots of loose rocks. Wear those hiking boots. I did it in tennis shoes, and was wishing I had more support. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the falls. You won't be disappointed!

Angie Dz (93)

2 Completed1 Reviews

The falls are so worth seeing. Way taller than I expected. The trail gets windy going up to make it easier but my friend and I went straight up, off trail to get there faster. It was killer on the legs but in the end so neat!! Go on a sunny day and you will experience the beauty of the droplets of water falling through the sun rays; sparking like glitter.

Carl N (439)

14 Completed12 Reviews

Tough but worth it! I went up to the top of Teneriffe via Kamikaze Falls on a beautiful warm and sunny winter day. I took the old trail up to the top. Oo the way down decided to take the new trail and it was longer but considerably easier but you won't see Kamikaze take the old trail. Worth seeing both!

Jason Lange (543)

8 Completed7 Reviews

I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by this hike. It was jam packed at the parking lot which is understandable given that we had a sunny 64 degrees day in January and also because I got there at peak time (just after noon). The trail is an old railroad grade for about the first mile and then has a clearly marked turn off to the right. The next mile of the trail is also pretty nice. It's wide in a lot of spots but it definitely starts to climb steeper as soon as you get to the stream. The last mile of the trail is very rocky and has a lot of switchbacks. There are several places where you think you have gotten to the falls, but don't be fooled. You will know the real falls when you see them. I made it to the upper falls in just over an hour and then had to find a spot along that area to stop and eat lunch. To me, this was the biggest detractor of this hike. There are lots of great places to stop leading up to the falls, but it's standing room only at the falls and it get's crowded fast. I ended up scaling some boulders and eating on a ledge just to escape the madness. The other big detractor is the tiny parking lot with no facilities. Not sure how in the world a hike this popular doesn't have a larger parking lot and a toilet at the trailhead. Makes me wonder what my $30 for the Discover Pass is really being used for.

Ryan Latini (194)

35 Completed7 Reviews

No snow on the trail as of 1/11, and the falls are looking great. Pay attention to your map, the navigation directions here or on WTA's website, and ask other hikers if you're in doubt because there are a number of unmarked trails off the "right" path to the falls that you could end up on. This is a great alternative to Little Si if the lot is full (which it almost always is).