Mt. June–Hardesty Mountain
May 1, 2005
As we arrived at the Mt. June trailhead the overnight fog was lifting and
eight hikers headed for Mt. June stripping off excess clothing on the way or
at the summit.
Clouds and fog obscured the views, but made for an interesting show as they
slowly revealed and then hid the foothills.
From the summit we could see the Sawtooth and the ridge leading to
On our way to Hardesty Mountain we kept looking for wild flowers, but only saw
a few; apparently we arrived too early to see the kaleidoscope of color that
nature’s paintbrush has to offer.
Several trails come up from other valleys to join the ridge trail, making it
easy to get off route if one does not watch where they are going.
The ridge trail is a rolling forested trail with steep up and down sections
separated by more gradual grades, making the elevation gain on the hike back
almost as much as the hike out.
We found the trail littered with many fallen branches and a few trees from the
As we approached the summit of Hardesty it began to rain.
After a quick bite of lunch we headed back across the ridge trail to the cars,
quickening our pace as we neared the cars and the intensity of the rain increased.
Even this short hike (9.6 miles five and a half hours) reinforced the importance of
wearing appropriate clothing.
Cotton is rotten.
The hikers were:
Craig Renkert leader.