OverviewOne of the most direct routes to Dixie Peak is via the "Fire Road" originating from the "School Bus Turnaround" down the road from the Mount Si trailhead/parking lot. The "Fire Road", known as the Mount Teneriffe Road-Trail, is also the most direct route for which to reach nearby Mount Teneriffe. The "Fire Road" offers a gradual incline but lacks significant viewpoints until near the summit of Dixie Peak.
The route begins at the "School Bus Turnaround" (920' elevation) down the road from the Mount Si Parking Lot. Hike along the Mount Teneriffe Road-Trail for approximately six miles, until a saddle ridge (4150' elevation, LATITUDE: 47.5139, LONGITUDE: -121.7075). From the saddle ridge, leave the road-trail and begin heading west along the steep forested ridgeline to an unnamed highpoint (~4450' elevation). NOTE: The road-trail continues east to Mount Teneriffe.
Ascend the ridgeline for approximately 1/2-mile to an unnamed forested highpoint located south of Dixie Peak. From that unnamed highpoint, the ridge turns north towards Dixie Peak. Follow the ridge down and then up for approximately 1/2-mile to the true summit of Dixie Peak (4606' elevation). Use caution when traversing the Dixie Peak ridgeline; steep slopes and high winds are common in this area. While approaching the true summit, try to looking for Crater Lake down the gully to the west.
The views from the true summit are wonderful and very underrated. From the true summit, a hiker can continue following the ridgeline north for approximately 1/4-mile (~5-10 minutes) to the false summit of Dixie Peak. The false summit is worth visiting, due to its rocky highpoint and spectacular views that rival the views seen from the Mount Teneriffe summit.
From Dixie Peak, there are two main possibilities for returning tothe "Fire Road". From the unnamed forested highpoint south of Dixie Peak:
1) Retrace your route back to the saddle ridge to rejoin the Mount Teneriffe Road-Trail ("Fire Road"), or,
2) Cut-off approximately one mile of descent distance by directly traversing down the steep southern/southeastern slope of the highpoint through a forest, eventually rejoining the Mount Teneriffe Road-Trail ("Fire Road") at ~3950' elevation.
Then continue following the Mount Teneriffe Road-Trail for the remainder of the descent, returning to the "School Bus Turnaround" and completely the two-peak loop.
The "Fire Road" route to the summits of Dixie Peak is approximately 13-14.5 miles, roundtrip. For a slightly shorter, more technical, route involving Dixie Peak, consider the "Teneriffe-Dixie Loop" route.