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Mount Persis

Central Cascades

Location

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
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Length

4.0 miles, roundtrip

Elevation

Gain: 2658 ft.
Highest Point: 5464 ft.

Rating

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

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Access to this trail is via private Weyerhauser land. A recreational permit from Weyerhauser is required. Find it under the North Cascades - Chelan section on their site.

Be prepared: this is not an easy hike. More a bootpath than a real trail, the route occasionally disappears in the undergrowth. The trail is also very steep in places, requiring a little help from nearby trees to make your way up. But the views are incredible; just don’t let the short mileage fool you, and plan on spending a few extra hours tackling this one.

From the beginning this trail is a challenge. It’s rough and difficult, traveling through young forest and clearcuts into older stands of cedar and Douglas fir that proved too difficult to log off the steep slopes. The first mile sees the most elevation gain, with the trail eventually leveling out at the first view of Index and the top of Persis.

From there, traverse along the ridgeline, through talus fields and thinning trees before beginning the final leg of the hike. Push upward past two small lakes to the ridge that runs between Persis and Index. Veer left to climb to the top of Persis.

Once you reach the summit of Persis, soak up the expansive views. Neighboring Index is massive. Pick out Baring, Mount Baker, Gunn Peak, and Mount Rainier. The exposed granite of the Index Town Wall is easy to spot above the miniature town of Index, and Heybrook Ridge sits just under Mount Baring. The 360-degree views offer plenty to see before starting the steep slog back down the mountain.

 

Mount Persis

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 47.7931, -121.6449 Open map in new window

Trailhead

Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West

Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, Skykomish Ranger District

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Getting There

To get there, take US 2 about 33 miles and turn right onto Forest Road 62, just before the town of Index. Follow FR 62 about three and a half miles to a junction with FR 6220. Head left for a little over a mile to another junction, and then again veering left. Continue on the increasingly rough road for another mile, watching for a small pullout on the left just a few hundred feet from road’s end. A steep, well-trod gully opposite the pullout marks the trailhead.

Note that the road to the trailhead may not be suitable for passenger vehicles.

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None
 

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