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Mount Si via Mount Teneriffe Trail

Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area
47.4869, -121.7097 Map & Directions
10.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
2,950 feet
Highest Point
4,043 feet
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The Haystack, seen from the Mount Si trail spur. Photo from WTA archives.
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Mount Si via the back way. Begin from the large Mount Teneriffe parking are and add on some miles to sneak up this popular peak from behind. Continue reading

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Hiking Mount Si via Mount Teneriffe Trail

Mount Si via the back way. Begin from the large Mount Teneriffe parking are and add on some miles to sneak up this popular peak from behind. 

From the parking area, you'll start out on the Mount Teneriffe trail, a road-to-trail conversion that offers gorgeous lush forest, and a pleasant, almost flat walk for the first 1.5 miles, before getting down to business and climbing in earnest for the next 2.7 miles. Luckily, the views along the way are quite good, so you have plenty of opportunity to stop and enjoy them (while catching your breath, of course). 

Notable views through this steep old road include Mount Rainier and Rattlesnake Ledge. Look out for an overlook with a large stone bench, placed there by the contractor who did the road-to-trail conversion for hikers to take a rest. 

At a 'T' intersection 4.2 miles from the trailhead, make a left at a junction marked with a DNR-provided sign of the trail network. Turn left, and you'll continue to climb for about 0.4 miles through rolling forest before reaching a high point. Through here, be sure to stop and look up. You'll have a view of Mount Si most hikers never see. On this same section of trail, look north along the Puget Sound coastal plain to see Mount Baker and, on a clear day, all the way to Whistler Mountain in British Columbia.

Soon, you'll find yourself descending the final 0.4 miles to the base of the haystack on Mount Si. This is the official end of the trail, though it's possible to scramble the Haystack. If you choose to do this, do be careful; it's accessible only via a narrow chute on a rock face and can be daunting for even those fairly confident in their scrambling abilities. 

From here, you can choose to loop this trail, by descending on the Mount Si trail and traversing back to the trailhead on the Talus Loop or Roaring Creek trails, or you can come out a the Mount Si trailhead if you have a pickup arranged. 

Hike Description Written by
Anna Roth, WTA Staff

Mount Si via Mount Teneriffe Trail

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.4869, -121.7097 Open in Google Maps

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

Driving Directions

From I-90, take exit 32 (436th Avenue SE). Turn left (north) over the freeway and drive 0.5 miles to SE North Bend Way. Turn left (west), and in 0.25 mile turn right (north) on SE Mount Si Road. In 2.9 miles (past the Little Si and Mount Si trailheads), you will reach a 70-car paved parking area on the left. A Discover Pass is required to park here. Restrooms are available at the trailhead.

Important - The parking lot is open only from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is gated and locked after hours.

The older parking area (a school bus turnaround near 480th Ave SE) is now off-limits. Please park only in the main lot during open hours.


Take the bus to the trailhead!

Trailhead Direct is running routes to the Mount Teneriffe and Mount Si trailheads for the 2023 season through Labor Day, Sept 4.

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Snoqualmie Region > North Bend Area

Washington State Department of Natural Resources

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