Cleman Mountain – Hardy Canyon Loop – 05-03-2014

Mountaineers hike. Two years since I did this and Hardy Canyon is worse – full of blowdowns. Full evidence that the agency managing Oak Creek State Wildlife area has no intention of maintaining these beautiful trails. I still love this hike.
Participants include Nicole Hansen (leader), Krystine Beard, Amy Luehrs, Sherry Kytonen, Ansel Wald, John Kooch, Xiomara Munoz, Becky Kim, Kristie Dunkin, Lisa Ni, Janice Davies, and Mary Lou Biggs.

Cleman Mountain – Hardy Canyon Loop – 05-03-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

References:

  • Best Desert Hikes: Washington, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, Big Burn Canyon
  • Best Desert Hikes: Washington, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, Hardy Canyon

This unique desert canyon is part of the Oak Creek State Wildlife Area. Nestled between the sprawling expanse of the L. T. Murray State Wildlife Recreation Area and the Wenatchee National Forest, the Oak Creek State Wildlife Area holds some of the richest wildlife habitat in the state.

Driving Directions
Take I-90 East to exit 110 to merge onto I-82E/US-97 S toward Yakima. Take exit 26 for WA-821 N toward Wa-823/Selah. Turn right onto WA-821 N. Take the 1st left onto WA-823 S. Sharp right onto N Wenas Road. Travel about 13.7 miles to TH on left.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (46.8334,-120.7117)
Discover Pass required.

Hiking Stats:
15.27 miles, 3269 ft. gain, 8 hrs 37 min.

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