Hardy Ridge is an area that has some fairly new trails. About two or three years ago I remember volunteering with the Washington trail Association (WTA) to build one of the connector trails in that area. After that I never went back to check it out. Looking at the weather forecast, Val and I noticed that it was going to be rainy and quite crappy pretty much everywhere. We still wanted to get out and do some hiking so this came to mind. The trail system is actually some old jeep roads and connector trails that open two approaches to the upper trail that leads to the top of Hardy Ridge. The most common way to do this hike is up one way and back the other so it’s an out and back with a loop in the middle. I guess we can call this a candy hike instead of a lollipop. The hike itself is not very difficult and offers some pretty nice rewards. With the weather we thought that we would not see anything but where surprised to be just under the cloud ceiling. From our side we could see the gorge and the rain going from one place to another. At some point we got some pretty dark clouds on top of us but never a drop of rain. We got lucky. It was a great day out.
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