Hardesty Mountain

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 Jenny Cho, Yvonne Stephens; soon-to-be-member Dell Hackett; and members Alan Coons, Walt Dolliver, Laurie Funkhouser (leader), Peter Graham, and Steve Schriver.

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