Mount Persis West Ridge Trail is a 2.4 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gold Bar, Washington that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking and rock climbing.
Anderson Creek Road, FR62. Go about 3.5 miles and turn left onto FR 6220. After another mile, take the next left (lat 47.7929, long -121.6443, elevation 2390 ft.) uphill and follow the road as it switchbacks to the north and south to a cleared area about 3/4 mile from the last turnoff. Take the left road uphill over the crest (2910 ft.) to the parking turnout (another 3/8 mile). The unmarked trailhead is 30-50 feet beyond the parking area on the right side of the road where dirt eroded from the trail cascades down to the road. (Approximate lat long is 47.797395, -121638944, elevation 2870 ft.) You need a car with good road clearance, and possibly 4WD.
Awesome, if you don't have the key to get in fsr 62, it adds a whole bunch of road walking, like 5-6 miles roundtrip.
Please note that FR 6200 is on private land and there is a lockable gate at Route 2. Signs are posted stating "foot access only" and this is miles and miles from the trailhead. If locked in, it may be possible to navigate through the forest roads to North Bend (map says you can do this, we did not try), otherwise, call Wayerhauser Security (listed on the sign) and wait for an hour or two until a Snohomish Co Sheriff (thankfully, one with a good sense of humor) shows up and lets you out. (voice of experience)
The trail itself is relentless. Hiking poles are useless for the first 2 miles (as far as we went) as you will be spending much of the time hoisting yourself up 2 to 3' at a time by pulling on small adjacent trees. Footing is loose and slippery (when dry). We are not incredibly experienced hikers and the fear or losing the trail was ever present. That combined with rain squalls and generally foggy conditions (and common sense) indicated we should turn back.
4 stars because the view ought to have been spectacular.
I completely agree with Wes, this hike may seem to be a little sketchy because of the trailhead, but do not worry because it is definitely legitimate. this hike is straight up a spine, with the sun beating on you for 3/4 of the way up. extremely steep and little room for breaks. as hard as this trail is to hike on a hot clear day, it's completely worth it when you reach the peak. there aren't many hikes like this one in washington, and is a must see for the avid hiker!
This hike starts near the end of a one-lane logging road high on the west slopes of Mt Persis. Find an inconspicuous marker and eroded dirt fan on the uphill side of the road. This marks the trailhead. You will see this isn't much of a trail - it's just a no-nonsense beeline marked by bare dirt and bent tree limbs. Climb mightily until into older forest, leaving views for a while and enjoying relief from the sun (or rain). Cross a couple rock slides, usually marked, and avoid a faint side trail that leads to a bump on the ridge which doesn't offer particularly great views. Instead follow the path slightly downhill to a small basin that leads to an upper basin filled usually with snow or water, depending on the date. Keep following little paths through rocks and trees until suddenly you are on the top platform, an incredibly scenic place to spend a clear afternoon. Descriptions of views from the summit are useless - one can only see for them self.