We did Hardesty Loop on a cool day with little wind. We found surprisingly few blowdowns and mud, and reached the top in two hours. After a short break, we went down-down-down Eula Ridge and had lunch about half way to the bottom. We then took the Willamette Trail back over to the Hardesty Trail and finished the hike. There were a few others out there at much lower elevations. The trilliums and monkey flowers were prominent, but the Oregon Grape and the rhododendrons have not yet bloomed at any elevation. This was a tough hike, especially early in season, 16.3 miles and 4400' elevation gain, but everybody did it, although we were all beat by the time we got back to the trailhead!Members: Mike Smith, Steve Cordon, Lynn Meacham, David Lodeesen, Marguerite Cooney, Ben Brown, Darian Morray.
Lynn and Steve crossing a creek on the lower South Willamette Trail.—photo by David Lodeesen
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