Mount Persis (5464')
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Mountaineers Everett Peak list has long been one of my goals. With my body still hurting from last Monday’s summit of Mount Index, taking on the more straightforward Mount Persis felt like a good goal. The short route and drive meant waking up at a reasonable hour was okay. So, I left after the sun rose for the first time since summer. When I arrived at the start of Forest Road 62, the proctor creek gate was open. I thought about taking the chance to drive up to the trailhead. After a moment of thought, I remembered reading from summitpost.org that the “Proctor Creek gate at Hwy 2 can sometimes be locked with little or no notice. They (logging company) have closed it before due to garbage dumping.”
I decided it was best not to risk driving up and hopped on my bike. Do be aware of this since when I returned, the gate was locked. I’m not sure how you would get your car out if the gate ends up locked. Though I believe it would require getting a hold of the logging company. The road is in great shape, and biking/walking up the hill only took about an hour and a half.
The trail, even in winter, is straightforward. It goes up the ridge line until around 4400 ft, winds along the ridge, and heads for the summit. My only mistake was going up a little too high along the ridge to about 5000 feet. Even at that, relocating the correct route was straightforward.
This might be your peak if you are okay with a steep climbers’ path to get a good view.