This is a tough hike. Period. Hardesty is always muddy, and it was really muddy today. We had snow at about 3500 feet, and iti was slick the last two miles to the summit. The small bowl above Eula junction had at least 18 inches of snow in it. We took a short break at the summit and then came down Eula Ridge. The snow disappeared at about the really steep stretch, but the whole area was slick. We navigated that and had lunch on a big log at about 9 miles. There were several huge blowdowns which the leader photographed for the Scorpions. We got to the Willamette Trail just before 2 and negotiated its 1K feet of vertical as well, which is difficult after 11 miles. Everybody did fine, including two who were training for an upcoming Grand Canyon trip. They should do fine on the Hermit Trail and its connections.Members: Smith, Mike, Brown, Ben, Lodeesen, David, Cordon, Steve. Nonmembers: Godfrey, Kent.
Kent dealing with deeper snow as we get closer to the summit of Hardesty.—photo by David Lodeesen
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