Aug 10, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Mount Persis
- Region: Central Cascades -- Stevens Pass - West
- Avg Rating: 3.50
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
- Be Aware Of
Before the area was logged, the trail was steep and primitive. It starts out now steep and eroded with poor footing in many spots. It is easy to follow up through mostly clear-cut forest remains, with only the occasional side trail to lead one astray briefly. Cairns and blazes mark the way through the first scree field. At the second, we missed the cairns and headed across the scree and up, instead of turning right and following along the base of the rocks (where there are cairns and we added some more). Not many flowers of note, apart from a nice collection of avalanche lilies near the shoulder, where the trail starts to level out a bit.
The upper lake is still 80% ice covered. The lower one has a snow slope cascading into it, but it's probably 80% uncovered. The water is bone-chillingly cold. At the summit, there were wisps of clouds passing through, and the views in some directions were obscured by clouds and haze. Still, that view down to the town of Index was unobstructed, and the views of Mt. Index were great.
Step carefully on the way down because the steep footing crumbles easily. Took us 2 hours to make the descent. Somebody in the valley was doing target practice, which confirmed that people are still using the area for shooting.