Mt. June via Hardesty Way

August 30, 2006

We obtained permission from the forest service to do this hike in spite of the area still being closed after the 44 acre Herman fire had been controlled. Jan Jacobsen met Dick Hildreth at the Amazon Community Center, and drove down to meet me at the Cottage Grove Wal-Mart (thanks again Jan!). We then piled into my car, and drove up Row (rhymes with cow) River and Layng Creek roads. Then a short ways up FS Road 1758 we stopped and unlocked the gate. This gate is normally open and may soon be removed.

The Hardesty Way Trail starts out with a rather stiff climb. It now follows the road that was punched into the Mt. June-Hardesty roadless area a decade ago for the rescinded Judie timber sale. Along the trail we found many kinds of berries: wild blackcap raspberries, both red and a few blue huckleberries, red gooseberries, fairy bells, manzanita, and even the berry-like fruit of the yew trees (that Jan thought I had put there!) About half way up, the trail leaves the road and returns to its original tread.

Hardesty Way ends at the Sawtooth trail. Here we turned left and headed for Mt. June. We passed under Sawtooth Rock and through the now dry meadows that are full of wildflowers in the Spring. On top of Mt. June we relaxed and had a late lunch. The usual views were considerably reduced due to clouds. On the way back to the car, Jan collected some raspberries for an evening dessert.

Wayne Deeter, leader.

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