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Go right on the trail, not to the left towards the pink flag.
This hike is amazing. It is a steady climb on switchbacks for about 3 miles and then a STEEP climb for half a mile to get to the top. We hiked this on a rainy, foggy day so we only saw a little of the view, but it was worth it! I definitely would recommend bringing hiking sticks and a lunch to eat at the top!

14 days ago

A 1/4 mile in the trail is completely overgrown.

Edit it to add I found another trail in approximately a mile farther down W. Boundary Rd.

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.

Absolutely beautiful hike through an old growth fire scared Hemlock forest. Amazing diversity of wildflowers and songbird species. Plus the view at the top is absolutely breathtaking. A couple very steep sections, but for the most part they have well constructed switchbacks. Very easy to find along the forest roads, paved all the way out there. Only thing for hikers to note, when you are at the trail-head right across the street from the parking lot area, take the trail to the right NOT THE LEFT. When we were there, someone had hung pink flagging and written the word "trail" on it going to the left. They must have been talking to someone else because that trail went .6 miles and then dead ended at a road. We found the "right" trail though, and just turned the day in to a 9 mile hike. Absolutely beautiful hike that I would definitely recommend!

3 months ago

nice lush forest trail. some quick views and some wild flowers. will go back in the fall, I think there will be some real nice fall colors!

5 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.

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

6 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.

Great hike for hikers who don't mind the uphill. Felt like we walked in circles for a long time. Frost was forming at the top already and there wasn't much sun 10/14/17. No view at the top either unfortunately

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Rigorous uphill. At the top there is no view to speak of, but it is a great workout. Do it on the regular because it's only 30 minutes from Eugene. I sometimes return downhill on Eula ridge trail and use the South Willamete trail to get back to the Hardesty trailhead, it will add about 5 miles

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Amazing views!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

If you go early, watch out for mosquitoes and a lot of spider webs. Bear droppings were on the trail so be prepared. Overall, it's a great trail for improving your endurance.

Monday, August 14, 2017

A great deal of near cliff walking the first 1/4 mile and all up until you turn around. Nice old growth but you can't see very far.

Monday, August 07, 2017

beautiful old growth forest. pretty easy hike. expected more at the end, but it was still nice!

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Nice trail. Coolest part of this hike was about 1/2 mile from the parking lot, I saw a black bear rubbing its back on a tree...we stared at each other for 15-20 seconds and it took a 180 and booked it.
No views, but still a very pleasant hike.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

No views whatsoever. If I'm going on a 10 mile hike up a hill there better be a pleasant view at the top for all my labors, otherwise I'm not sure what the point is. If you're looking for a good training trail with some elevation gain this might be the trail for you, so long as you don't mind looking at a whole lot of nothing impressive the whole way up and back.

PS: bring bug spray! There were lots of mosquitos at the bottom and top of the trail. We were hiking in mid July so this might not be an issue during other times of the year.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Not a hike for views, but have done it twice because it's a little challenge and it out there without being too far away. It's a surprising amount of elevation. No top view but a few side views maybe it was just one. But a solid good maintained trail, Last time I hiked it was end of April and there was snow the last 750 feet or so but not much and still hikeable. The whole hardesty area including this hike is a great place for hikes and trail runs. You can also make a triangle 15 mile loop if you want to.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Beautiful forest walk with some old growth. Small waterfall, and wonderful wild flowers right now! Many roads and trails to explore in the area.

Monday, May 22, 2017

A good route I discovered for myself in "Oakridge, Oregon" trail map. Minimal elevation, some smallish waterfalls on the way, woods and lake on the left visible and audible all the way. If 12.8 mi point-and-back is too much, one can turn back any time. There is a charmingly abandoned park with two picnic tables in the middle of the trail. I score it 4 stars just because it can feel a bit monotonous.
Although bank and shore mean essentially the same, the official name for this trail is "shore". E.g. https://www.mtbproject.com/trail/7012148

Monday, April 24, 2017

Nice shortish hike with good variety for the area -- a few alpine meadows with decent views, a long old growth segment, and a short second growth segment at the beginning.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

As far as trail running.... Going up was ok. Coming back down was the best. Mid March was pretty muddy for the first mile. Some snow on the top. some cool pictures.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

We stopped there on our way back from O'Dell Lake Sunday. Hiked there for just a little bit to check place place out and we loved it. it was muddy, trees fallen but we didn't care

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Absolutely amazing! Gorgeous view of scenery and no people were out there when I was! It was just a relaxing experience!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

A really great place for training runs. I went in late November and there was mud, slippery leaves, dry trails, wet rocky patches, fallen trees, and snow. Some good climbing but nice flats too to recover. Some really technical areas and a patch of tight switchbacks. The trail is mostly covered by trees, so the ground isn't too wet even this time of year, but it does make it pretty dark. If you're going in the afternoon maybe bring a headlamp or flashlight. You get a pretty diverse running experience here! My puppy and I will be back for sure!

Monday, September 26, 2016

It was a really fun trail hard but alot of fun the trail was pretty well marked. lots of trees and not much of a view. Alot of up hill took me and my friend 7 and a half hours for up and down with a few breaks great work out.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Not much of a view at all, nice tough hike near town.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Great hike ...I thought my lungs would burst. ..But I Made It ...if they charge to hike then they should get better signage .

Monday, May 30, 2016

Great! I didn't see another person the whole time. The only downside is faint traffic the whole way.

Friday, April 08, 2016

good hike.needs to be marked better though

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