I had planned to do the Malcolm Mountain Loop today, but after calling in to the Cle Elum ranger station I discovered the way in to Beverly campground was closed at the Stafford Creek junction. I also learned that the snow level in the Teanaway was at about 4000 ft. So I switched destinations and led a party of mountaineers on a hike up Mt. Teneriffe instead. Participants included Nicole Hansen (leader), Cheryl Talbert, James Souza, Mikhail Lenitsyn, Dan Hoory, and Marta Moreira. We started early and ascended via the Mount Teneriffe Road/Trail as described in “Day Hiking Snoqualmie Region” by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer. I had all hikers bring boot traction, poles, and waterproof clothing in preparation for snow. Sure enough at 4 miles (3600 ft) we were hiking on compact snow, except in one viewpoint area on the road which is exposed to the sun, for the remaining hike to the summit. We met hikers who attempted the route later in the day and turned back, since by then the snow had become a slippery slog. So we were both well prepared and well timed on our ascent.
And summit we did! The party was in good condition and handled the ascent so well that we decided to descend via a steep but well trodden boot trail down to Kamikaze falls. This shaved at least 3 miles off of our trip and allowed us to follow an interesting route along the steep ridge.
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Cheryl Talbert has posted her photos here. Thank you Cheryl.