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mountain biking
8 days ago

I loved it so much! It’s so worth the hike up!

Though a bit muddy in some spots, and snow at the summit, this was a great hike. It is a good workout, beautiful scenery and limited traffic. When you reach a clearing near the top, take the path to the left and that will take you to the Hardesty summit. We followed the main trail at the clearing and realized after a 1/4mile that we were heading to Sawtooth and Mt. June.

trail running
20 days ago

It’s been a while since I’ve been up this one. It gets REALLY worked over in the winter... ie: muddy, and after 3,500 ft of climbing , you might think you have earned a view.. but NO. The biggest disappointment the first time I ran Hardesty was the anticlimactic summit. Absolutely no view.
Note to USFS/BLM : If ever there was a good reason to fell a few trees, this trail surely has earned it. I think it’s a shame there’s no lookout anymore, and no view at the top.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail in the fall, Lots of Cats tongue mushrooms to nibble on. beautiful bridges, and ultimately you can reach the top of mount June. can be pretty steep in places.

Loads of salamanders on trail on OCT 5 :-)

hiking
2 months ago

I did the summit via the trail head on the west side, off forest rd 5824. 5824 is off North shore rd, which follows lookout point and the North fork of the Willamette, across the river from hwy 58. It's not recommended to take a passenger car up this rd, but is passable with an AWD or 4x4. It's a cool offroad drive up the mountain. Just follow the "main" rd 5824 without turning off and you can't miss it. You will see a hiker symbol on the left next to a small parking area. From there the hike is 8.7 miles round trip and is an easy to moderate hike. Tons of giant old growth fir and cedars from 3' to 10' in diameter. Great hidden gem on that side, but still not a great view on the summit. Worth it for the trees alone. Great hike!

Great workout! Nothing super special about the hike except the strange dead area. Recent fire?

This trail is all it promises to be. The only concern is that it is heavy with Poison Oak, so come prepared with full coverage and open eyes

mountain biking
3 months ago

Great smooth tight trail for intermediate to advance Mountain biking. Has big banked corners that are smooth and not Hairpined. Lots of ups and downs that your momentum will take you over 95% of them. It's about a 4 1/4 mile 6% grade climb up to the top. First 2 miles on paved gated road then next 2 1/4 in gravel we mostly hiked that part up. Then start at Upper Whistlepunk then lower whistlepunk Then you will arrive at a picnic table at the start of High baller great spot to stop rest and have lunch. then continue down and do Springboard . Great fun , snap a picture of the map at the entrance so you wot get lost. but it is signed pretty well.

hiking
3 months ago

This is one of my favorite hikes near Eugene because it’s lightly trafficked, unlike Spencer’s Butte, and feels very wild even though it’s so close to Lowell and Eugene. It’s relatively easy, with a few steep parts and switch backs, and the mini falls provides a nice swim. The only main downsides is that there is not much of a view and the trail can be quite muddy between November and May so bring boots that you don’t mind getting dirty and won’t soak through. Otherwise, though, it’s a great day hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Loved it!

hiking
4 months ago

We did this hike on our way home from camping at Odell Lake and enjoyed the reward of Goodman Creek. We did not go past Goodman Creek and it's inviting swimming hole and mini falls. There was a small campsite made at this junction, but sadly, whomever camped there felt that the forest would look much prettier with their collection of toilet paper and body waste off the side of the trail. It was approx 4 miles round trip from Hardestry Trailhead, moderate and mostly dry. Some steep inclines but mostly gradual and a pleasant hike.

Depending on what you are going for this trail is great. The trail access is super easy, the forest was calm and peaceful and it was a great workout! One thing that was very annoying was all of the spiderwebs on the trail, but other than that great hike.

hiking
5 months ago

The Good:
Definitely a trail for wildflowers but offers plenty of variety in scenery as you move between the forest and meadows. Not terribly strenuous at all but an easy going and very enjoyable hike.

Obstacles:
We did have a few friendly encounters with mountain bikes, overall bike traffic was minimal. We encountered a few muddy sections of the trail but nothing serious.

Getting there:
The last 6+ miles of the drive are a constant climb up a single-lane, gravel road with several turn outs. Not at all difficult as long as you slow down and enjoy the surroundings. We had no problem getting there in a minivan.

trail running
5 months ago

what an awesome hike! went all the way to Eagles Rest. Fantastic view.

hiking
5 months ago

A fantastic hike for wildflowers! You find them right away at the trailhead, and every turn brings more. We didn't go all the way to the mountain, just to what are referred to as "meadows", which are hillside gardens with many wonderful wildflowers. The second meadow had a mass of Arrowleaf balsamroot, and that was a good point to turn around at.

Lots of mountain bikes, so be careful on the narrow trail

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike! Although if tying in to Eagles rest hike, be aware that there is about a 2 mile section between the end of Goodman and start of Eagles rest. According to my William Sullivan book it is 14 miles total when combined. I didn't find this out until after second guessing my internal odometer and read my book once reaching the top of Eagles rest. Fairly difficult altogether, but well worth it. There is a cool mini fall and log bridge on Goodman and a timber hut used for old pack trains back in the day; if you continue up to the rest. That's when you know you are in track. It gets tough after the second trailhead across the road, but keep plugging. The view is well worth it from the top!

hiking
6 months ago

Great hike in the middle of the forest. It follows the creek and has a small waterfall. One end meets up with Eagles Rest trail. It is about 2 miles long and small incline in places. Great view of the lake and mountains.

hiking
6 months ago

I thought this trail was wonderful. The wildflowers are just starting to bloom. It is easy to follow. It’s a a light moderate, the isn’t a view at the top, but it’s nice to relax and get some sun

We enjoyed this trail thru the Old Growth Willamette Forest. A little over two miles in is the Goodman creek and has a cute little waterfall and swimming hole. We took the Goodman Creek fork. Little muddy in spots but trail is in good condition. Lots of wild flowers we enjoyed this hike. Will be back to do one of the other seven hikes off this trail.

Great trail... two fairly easy peaks to climb with lush forest and vegetation!

7 months ago

hiked to the waterfall (more like a tall rapid) yesterday. The trail was decently maintained with only a tree or two over the trail but boy was it slick and muddy in some spots. Luckily I was the only one with a decent pair of boots and didn't take any spills but my two friends weren't so lucky.

Amazing views and open fields on cliff sides. A must see!

hiking
7 months ago

The trail is definitely not for a relaxed enjoyment, rather for a workout. Up, up, uphill all the way. There is no scenic view from the top. The summit is just a pile of rocks with 6 concrete stumps. Volunteers or Forest Service, here is an idea: build a table on each stump for exhausted hikers there.

Beautiful trail! Connects to other trails. Muddy this time of year; first 1-1.5 miles had very muddy patches. Gorgeous forest hike by the water.

hiking
8 months ago

Muddy this time of year but a great rainy day hike. Tons of other trails going off the same junction. Will definitely be going back to explore some of the other ones.

this was a great trail, i dont really care for a veiw after. i just enjoy being in a forest with no people around.

hiking
9 months ago

Good hike for training but it was solely uphill for 6 miles and then right back down. cool foggy forest while I was there with barely another soul. I would definitely hike Hardesty again.

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