One of the oldest trails in the ranger district, Hardesty Mountain Tr3469 is just inside the Willamette National Forest boundary and right on SR58, so was destined to be popular.
As with Alpine Tr3450, great ridgeline terrain and relatively easy access ensure that Hardesty Mountain Tr3469 earns it's reputation, but expect heavy traffic on the high summer weekends.
This is a downhill favorite, so not suitable for climbing. Hardesty Cutoff Trail 3469A leads to an abandoned fire lookout which was in place from 1920 to 1968.
Note: FR550 has a wide parking area for cars at about .5mi, and is a jeep trail beyond that point to the Hardesty Tr3469 TH.
There are three ways to reach the summit, besides the FR5833 or FR5840 shuttle.
The typical 18.2mi CW loop is described in the route guide and stats: South Willamette Tr3465, Lawler Tr3473, FR5840 (4.3mi at 11% incline), FR550 (1.7mi at 11% incline), Sawtooth Tr1401 to Hardesty Tr3469.
More suitable for hikers, two less useful loop options rely on Eula Ridge Tr3463 and Goodman Creek Tr3461.1, shown below.
Better suited for hiking, strong climbers could also consider South Willamette Tr3465 to Eula Ridge Tr3463 to Hardesty Tr3469. Eula Ridge Tr3463 is a steady 10% grade and prone to downhiller bombing runs on the weekends, so maybe bring some body armor.
Suitable for intermediates and not a Hardesty ride but the 12mi Goodman Creek to Eagles Rest OAB is another option, and is also a popular hiking route. Expect heavy Goodman Creek Tr3461.1 hiking and equestrian use on the weekends.
The grade is steady although Goodman Creek Tr3461.1 is almost entirely a hillside traverse, with several creek crossings and short ascents. Eagles Rest Tr3461 is a more steady climb and not as heavily used as Goodman Creek Tr3461.1. Eagles Rest Tr3461 passes through stands of second growth trees, crosses two marshy swales on board walks on the approach to the Ash Swale Shelter. Across FR509 (BLM Rd 20-1-14, Eagles Rest Access Road), Eagles Rest Tr3461 continues as a hiking trail, to the site of an abandoned lookout.
The technical feature of both trails are exposed roots, and a few switchback sections along the way.
The 18.6mi Goodman Cr Tr3461.1, Eagles Rest Tr3461, FR551, Lost Cr Tr3462, Sawtooth Tr1401 to Hardesty Tr3469 is the best loop option, with 3mi of FR551 road climbing and a 10% grade on portions of Goodman Cr Tr3461.1, Eagles Rest Tr3461 and Lost Cr Tr3462.
Alpine Trail 3450, Clark Butte Trail 3456.1, Cloverpatch Trail 3457, Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail 3559, Hardesty Way Trail 1402, Jones Trail 3472, Larison Creek Trail 3646, Larison Rock Trail 3607, Lone Wolf-Patterson Mountain Trail 3470, Lost Creek Trail 3462, Middle Fork Willamette Trail 3609, North Fork Trail 3666, Sawtooth Trail 1401, Tire Mountain Trail 3485, Winberry Divide Trail 3476
Black Canyon Campground, Shady Dell Campground
Ranking consistently applied to all of the listed trails.