Hardesty Mountain via Sawtooth Ridge (Partially Aborted)

January 22, 1984

Weather conditions were good as four of us assembled at SEHS (three others who signed up didn’t show), but something happens as you approach the Willamette Divide—the “Southwester” becomes wetter, the wind stronger, the fog foggier, and the hiker thoroughly soaked! We decided to abandon the plan to go all the way to the top of Hardesty, turned back and stopped at Ash Swale Shelter to eat lunch and test our fire building skill in a drenched forest. We noted the bridge Pete Cecil and his helpers have constructed over the bog near the shelter.

One of the rewards of hiking the Eagles Rest and Sawtooth Trails is the ever-present fog in the dense forest of huge trees. It makes every hike, whether to Mt. June or the Ridge, well worth the trip. Hikers were Barbara Chinn, Mary Ellen West, Maxine Hall and Vi Johnson.

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