TOC Rock by Haystack Mountain and Mount Persis / TOC岩

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TOC Rock (Little Haystack) by Haystack Mountain sits in the shadow of Mount Persis. It perches above Highway 2 by the vast Skykomish River. Meanwhile, across the valley rises Zekes Peak over the secluded Lake Isabel.

TOC Rock high point from the east summit
TOC Rock high point from the east summit

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TOC Rock at a Glance

Access: Road 62 gate
Round Trip: 4.3 miles
Elevation Range: 480-1440′
Gear: none
Route Info: Redwic @ Summitpost.org
GPS Track: available
Dog-Friendly: on the road

Road 62 Gate

The yellow lab and I last set foot (and paw) here in 2014. We made the fourth trip to Mount Persis before Weyerhaeuser bought the property and closed the gate. Then in 2021, it sold the land to Hampton Resources (news release).

Despite the guesswork around land use, there were noticeably more documented activities beginning in 2021. The new company’s Recreation Lands page lists the permit regions. But the map doesn’t include this newly acquired area.

Mount Index from the road
Mount Index from the road

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East Saddle to TOC Rock Summit

TOC Rock had been through the 2016 Proctor Creek Fire. The aftermath was still evident from the road as we relished the nearby scenery. The path reached the saddle in under two miles and soon ended past the east peak.

The steep, rocky southeast slope offered a direct route from the saddle. The inevitable down logs and the thin blackberry bushes en route were painless. Then it was a short way to the high point on the far west of the ridgetop.

East panorama from TOC Rock
East panorama from TOC Rock

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East Summit Plus Exit

I peeked at nearby peaks through the trees. The thinner vegetation on the south side gave views of Mount Persis and Ten-Four Mountain. Then I poked around to try and see the river before returning to the broad saddle.

The outcrop by the semi-woodsy east peak offered Wild Sky Wilderness and Sultan Basin views. But it was more of a surprise to see the sheer north face of TOC Rock. We basked in the morning sunshine before strolling down the road.

Unnamed stream in the AM
Unnamed stream in the AM

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