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Mt. Persis - 5464'
Miles RT: Elevation Gain: Route/Trail:
4 2800' route - rough
Map: GT - Index #142
USGS - Index
Season: spring
An Everett Mountaineers trip to this close neighbor of Mt. Index.  As seen from Hwy 2, Persis has a rounded summit and precipitous north face.  This short, steep and rough scramble starts off tunneling through dense brush and ascends the west ridge through a tortured forest before gaining the basin below the summit.  Here I'm told that there are ponds in the more benign summer months.  Camps are often made here when the plan is to do the Persis- Index traverse.  Fine views, particularly of Index from the summit.  Expect a knee bruising descent.    
  April 7, 2007      
West Ridge  
Talus field  
Tough place to be a tree
Balanced rock NW ridge  
Below the summit  
Mt. Index
Persis summit  
That's us  
Remaining cornice
A look west  
On the w ay back down  
Rough going
West ridge  
Hard on the knees  
Route Map

Drive US Hwy 2 east toward Stevens Pass.  After passing through Gold Bar take Forest Road 6200 on the right and follow bearing left at two junctions (?).  Find the unmarked trailhead short of the end of the road near the top of a small rise.  It's nothing more than a break in the dense brush, so you'll have to look carefully.
Directions as above and drive as far as you can toward the trailhead. Blown down trees across the road are not unusual and will often force an alternative destination.

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