Eula Ridge

April 10, 2010

We left Chris’ van at the Goodman Creek/Hardesty trailheads and then piled into Elle’s little car to drive a few more miles to the Eula Ridge trailhead. The sign-up sheet described this hike as strenuous and steep, but it becomes much more difficult when deep snow is thrown into the mix. The temperature was cold enough to warrant jackets when standing still, but they came off once we warmed up. At 8:50 a.m., we began hiking at an elevation of 1,000 feet and came upon snow on the trail at 3,000 feet. The snow soon covered the trail, making route-finding difficult at times. By the time we reached the Hardesty trail at about 4,000 feet, we were plunging 12 inches into the snow. We decided to forgo the final stretch of trail to the summit and turned right instead toward the Hardesty Mountain trailhead. Highlights of the hike included seeing lots of blooming Trilliums, hearing the “drumming” of a ruffed grouse, and feeling the warm sunshine through the trees. We reached the Hardesty trailhead shortly before 3:00 p.m. Hikers were Diana Masarie on her second Obsidian hike and members Chris Stockdale, Elle Weaver, Lamont Smith, and Brian Hamilton.

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