Ascent of Mount Persis on 2014-05-31

Climber: James Barlow

Others in Party:Greg Slayden -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Dan Conley
Zelda (dog)
Date:Saturday, May 31, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Mount Persis
    Elevation:5464 ft / 1665 m

Ascent Trip Report

After our relatively quick decision to abandon our hopes for an ascent of Mt Index, we made our way to the intersection of FR-62 and FR-6200. Dan's low-slung Prius would not make it up this road, so we parked at the intersection, but any vehicle with clearance will do fine and we even saw a Yaris at the intersection at 2,400 ft. We made short work of the 1,260 ft and 2.2 miles to the trailhead, knocking it out in under an hour. The climber's path is steep but seemingly well maintained. Branches are trimmed and logs are sawed. There is occasional flagging or cairns. The navigation issues were minimal. We encountered snow around 4,600 ft. On the ascent, we went over Point 5,017, but we contoured around it in the snow on the descent. The summit had some cornices worth avoiding to the north, but nice dry rocks to lounge on for our summit lunch. Views were plentiful, as to be expected. We took the usual summit photos, ate, relaxed, and left. On the descent, we made a quick 100 meter side trip to a nice waterfall at the intersection of logging roads at 2,800 ft. Zelda enjoyed frolicking in the water and drinking a lot of it as well. Once we reached the car, I tossed my pack in and decided, what the heck, my mountain bike is here on Dan's roof, and I can get in a few miles of nice logging road downhill to get to Highway 2. So, off I went on my bike, arriving at highway 2 less than 2 minutes before Dan and Greg in the Prius. It was almost all coasting except for a short section of flat/uphill around 1,000 ft elevation.
There were a number of other parties out and about on this fine summer day enjoying the Mt Persis trail, and they all seemed to be enjoying the hike. We also saw quite an assortment of rednecks and white trash along the logging roads drinking beer, shooting stuff, not wearing shirts, littering, smoking, and other such activities. We noted that none of them ventured more than 100-200 meters from their mechanized transport.


Total for the day (Wrong turn, Index failure, Persis, and bike out to pavement):
20.9 miles
31.2 mph max speed (attained on the bike)
3.4 mph avg moving speed
~8.5 hrs out and about

Persis only:
8.2 miles (4.4 miles of which was the road hike, so if you drive to the trailhead, it's half the distance we did)
2 mph moving avg
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:3964 ft / 1208 m
    Total Elevation Loss:120 ft / 36 m
    Route Conditions:
Road Hike, Unmaintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Ice Axe
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:3964 ft / 1208 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 3844 ft / 1172 m; Extra: 120 ft / 36m
    Loss on way in:120 ft / 36 m
    Route:Logging Roads to climber's trail
    Start Trailhead:1620 ft / 493 m
Descent Statistics
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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Peaks:  climbed and  unclimbed by James Barlow
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