Carl and Ken and I hiked to the summit of Mount Teneriffe via the Kamikazi Trail. I have done this twice with Derek so today was the third time.
It doesn’t get any easier.
This was Ken and Carl’s first time on Teneriffe and they loved the awesome views at the summit. It is a very challenging hike since you gain about 2,000 feet in elevation in a bit less than a mile – though when you are doing it, you are certain it is much more than 5,280 feet. But I measured the start of the Kamikaze at 3.1 miles and 2,700 feet of elevation, and the summit was 4 miles and just under 4,800 feet high.
Anyway, we took the long way down and it is a long way, about 7 miles, or just under that. Plus, you lose elevation as you leave the Teneriffe summit but then gain some of it back as you hike by the summit of West Teneriffe.
About 4K elevation gain, 6 hours for the loop on a gorgeous July day. The views at the top could not have been more wonderful.
Here is the track – note the elevation profile on the lower right.
I did a solo hike up to Change Peak today, via the standard route: Mt. Washington trail to Great Wall connector, to the Great Wall, and up the unofficial Change Peak trail to the summit of Change Peak.
Sadly, I screwed up saving the track somehow – it isn’t on my Garmin – but by good chance I took mileage readings today at key points.
I parked in the Exit 38 Mt. Washington lot. From there to the Mt. Washington trail was .3 miles. 1.65 miles to the former Sallal View trail; 1.9 miles to Owl View; 2.3 miles to Great Wall connector; 3.5 miles to the Great Wall (that is, 1.2 miles on the connector trail); 4.8 miles to the Change Peak Trail; and the Change Peak trail is .3 miles, but highly unofficial and involving a scramble up and over some boulders.
So about 10 miles round trip. Nice hike, I saw no one all the way up and only 3 people on the way down, and that was after I hooked back up with the Mt. WA main trail. Sweet.
Great, sunny and warm day but I left my car to go up the trail at 5:25 am so most of the elevation gain was before it got hot.
Perfect views, and the Great Wall connector trail is still one of my favorite forest trails.
5.5 hours all told.
We are going to hike somewhere Saturday, not sure where.
We went up Change Creek to J’s Landing, took the trail that connects J’s with the service road at 3,400 feet (not much of a road at that point, actually) then went all the way around the Hall Creek Gorge, descending via Zig Zag.
A few sections were pretty brushy but it could have been worse. Someone had trimmed back some of the worst sections since Derek and I were up there a few weeks ago. However, the bushes have grown energetically since then as well.
About 7 miles, 2,700 feet of gain (most in the first 2 miles), almost 4.5 hours, a terrific hike and workout with Carl, who had not done this hike before and enjoyed it immensely.
My plan today was to hike past the lakes Derek and I saw in early June, the day we hit Truck Summit from the south and east, and take what appears on Google Earth to be a service road that snakes up south and east to the vicinity of the western stretch of the McClellan Butte trail.
Sadly, moron that I am, I failed to bring my rain pants along and when I got to a longish stretch of total wet brush I had to choose between turning around and getting completely soaked.
I turned around because the last time I got soaked I had my rain pants to change into but this time, not so much.
So I got up to about 3500 feet, just nearing the point where the Mine Creek gorge starts to turn west, 3 miles from the car (parked at IHT and Garcia) and I could see that the only way forward was to bushwhack through wet brush. Cursing my lack of foresight I turned around, acknowledging my pathetic failure to carry through on my plan.
This is near where I turned around, before it turned into total brush:
The views up there are nice:
About the only useful thing I can say is that there is still some snow up there. Clearly, the west side of the McClellan Butte trail is still covered in snow, and the route up there looks fairly rugged – but hopefully, doable.