Scramble up Mt. Persis

Washington Mount Persis Trail

Added by Scott Kranz

As you reach the summit at Persis, you’ll be rewarded with views of Index, Baker, the Olympics, and Rainier. But don't let the mileage fool you, this hike and scramble takes longer than you think.

There isn’t a clearly designated trail to start this scramble/hike. Look for the trail that more resembles a boot path. The trail won’t be well marked, but there might be some orange tape or markers to help you find your way.

During the first mile of the hike, you’ll see the most elevation gain, so be prepared to get into it right from the start. Once you reach the ridge, the trail will level out a bit. Be prepared for the snow as it can start in the second mile once you reach ~4,500 feet. If there’s snow covering the trail, or a chance of bad weather, it may be best to bring a compass and map with you to help you head in the right direction.

As you keep heading uphill, the trees eventually thin out and you can continue on open terrain as you head up the back of Persis to the summit.

Once you've had plenty of time to recover and enjoy the views, and you decide to head back down, be careful and take your time getting down as the rocks can be pretty slick.

If you're a little spent after the hike, hit up Espresso Chalet to refuel.

Pack List

  • Northwest Forest Pass
  • Hiking Boots
  • Gators
  • Trekking Poles
  • Compass
  • Daypack
  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
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Skill Level:



Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:



4 Miles

Elev. Gain:

2658 Feet




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5 months ago

A Very Difficult Hike, But Worth it

This hike was something to remember that's for sure. It was a rough start with 6 miles of Forest Service Roads due the gate being closed off now that the whole section of forest leading up to the trial is private. Unfortunately, I doubt that gate will be opening for the general public any time soon so if you do this hike be prepared for that long trek up the forest service roads. Once you reach the trail the hike is a very difficult journey. I only recommend this trail for the agile and athletic as the journey up the trailhead is no joke. My favorite part of this hike wasn't actually the summit (which unfortunately was extremely cloudy the day we picked to hike it) but the rock slide clearing facing to the west. It is a beautiful spot where you can see everything in the valley and you can even see the Puget Sound! Overall an amazing experience and I would recommend to anybody that could make the journey just be very prepared with boots and pants. Don't bring poles they do no good on this trail. Also, pay attention for orange tape around the trail to mark your path along with stacked rocks on the rock slide so you do not get lost. Good luck!

5 months ago

Added by Scott Kranz

Seattle-based Adventurer, Photographer, and Writer

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