Hardesty Mountain

November 13, 1999

A lucky quartet of hikers — Jack Williams, Dick Hildreth and Chuck & Sandy Reul (trip leader) — left the SEHS parking lot sharply at 8:00 for an uncharacteristically beautiful November day for Hardesty Mountain. We passed through glorious gold/green forests of big leaf maple and Douglas-fir and carpets of yellow Oxalis punctuated by a variety of mushrooms, up 3,200 ft. to arrive just before noon at the summit, where we were welcomed by excellent views of the Three Sisters. We were surprised and entertained by a flock of 40-50 yellow Finches who darted from tree top to tree top, giving us an aerial show and sharing our delight with the blue skies and record breaking 70° weather. After this leader, having summited Hardesty at least 15 times, this day represented the best hiking conditions — three of us four were wearing shorts! After arriving back at the trailhead we counted 15-plus cars, a large number that attested to the unusually warm weather. Thanks to Chuck for driving us, and also Mother Nature for July weather in November.

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