This hike is a continuation of the trail up to the summit of Mt. June. You can bag both summits in one easy outing. The meadow between the two peaks has great views of the surrounding areas and you might run into a bear or two browing there. The ridge through the forest has a few ups and downs but nothing too terrible. This one will get you 9.6 miles roundtrip with 2100 feet of elevation gain.
See the Getting There section of the main page for directions to the trailhead.
From the trailhead, head up and traverse the woods about .7 miles to a junction with the Sawtooth Trail. The path to the right heads up half a mile to the summit of Mount June so tag that one if you want. To continue to Hardesty, turn left and walk the forested ridge another .7 miles to where a trail comes up from the left from Lost Creek at 4000 feet of elevation. Stay right and another quarter mile or so brings you to an open meadow with great views back behind you of Mount June.
Cross the meadow and hike beneath the rock pinnacles on your left. Another half mile or so will bring you to another trail junction with confusing signs. Stay left and follow the trail that says leads you to a view point. Past the viewpoint, you again reenter the forest for more ups and downs for about another 1.5 miles until you come to another trail junction below the summit of Hardesty. You could go either way as it loops up to the summit. Most head left for .2 miles and then right at the next junction (where the Eula Ridge and Hardesty Trails come up from Highway 58) another .2 miles to the summit. You can either descend the same way or complete the loop the other way, taking a left where you came up from, then two rights to get back to the Sawtooth Trail.
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