Teneriffe Falls

Teneriffe Falls

I hiked to Teneriffe Falls with my coworkers. We were a party of five humans and two dogs.

The hike was moderate, 6-miles roundtrip with 1400 ft. elevation gain. The trail started off flat and wide, straight through a forest. A large black dog came bounding out of nowhere. Much to the annoyance of the two dogs in our party, the mystery dog kept sniffing their rear ends. The mystery dog had a collar, so we figured it must live nearby, or its owner took off its leash. There weren’t any other hikers around us that could potentially be its owner, so we just kept walking. The mystery dog walked along with us, as if it were part of our group. Then, after ten minutes or so, the dog stopped walking with us. “I already did this hike, I’m not doing it again!” we imagined the dog was thinking.

Later on in the hike, the switchbacks started, and the trail took on a mild incline. Every so often, there would be a break in the trees, and we would be afforded a view of the lush green valley, jarringly broken by a high school campus.

The view on the way to Teneriffe Falls (the high school is on the left)
The view on the way to Teneriffe Falls (the high school is on the left)

Soon, the trail went from dirt path to hand-sized rocks and became noticeably steeper. At times, the trail was no longer surrounded by trees, but gray rocks along the face of the mountain.

Eventually, we heard and saw the downstream section of the waterfall. We hiked even more switchbacks until we finally reached the top. We ate snacks at the viewing platform. Aside from a few rocks, there were no dry places to sit.

Teneriffe Falls success!
Teneriffe Falls success!

I enjoyed this hike. It was a good workout, but not so challenging that I would be sore the next day, and we got to walk through a variety of terrain.

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