June 27, 2004
After meeting at SEHS, we headed up Highway 58 to just past Lowell
reaching the Hardesty Mountain trail-head near milepost 21 at about 9:00 a.m.
Despite the steady uphill climb the upbeat and determined group enjoyed
the canopy of trees, blooming rhododendrons, wild roses, bleeding hearts,
columbine, . . . squishy slugs, and cloud-haloed glimpse
of Mt. Jefferson.
The trail appeared to be marked for some improvement but was not in disrepair.
We reached the top—elevation of 4273 feet—just in time for lunch.
After refueling, good conversation and warming up under the 75+ degree
sunshine, we started the quick descent to the cars.
About a half-dozen mountain bikers shared the trail with us going downhill.
Of course it took half the time to hike back, we reached the parking lot
at about 2:45 p.m.
The group that made the trip a pleasure were: non-members
Alan Coons, Walt Dolliver,
Laurie Funkhouser (leader),