View of Flathead Lake from Elk Springs! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked a loop through Elk Springs for outing #666 on a suspiciously splendid Saturday, September 15, 2018!
The Swan Rangers took their first outing on November 12, 2005, and have only missed a couple Saturdays since!
Crossing Groom Creek. (Keith Hammer photos)
Fifteen Swan Rangers hiked to Hall Lake on a slightly hazy but none too lazy Saturday, September 8, 2018!
Some nice breezes helped clear the air!
Click here for a map of the Hall Lake Trail.
The glaciated purple argillite cliff known as Lunch Rock! (Keith Hammer photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked to Lunch Rock in Wolf Creek Canyon on a sunny Saturday, September 1, 2018!
They got there via 4+ miles of the Echo Broken Leg Trail, where they wagered it might be a similar distance back to the cars!
Click here for a map of the Echo Broken Leg Trail.
Checking out a big fallen tree! (Keith Hammer photos)
It was an informative alternative to sucking in wildfire smoke on steeper trails!
Click here for a map and information on Friends of the Wild Swan and their Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail.
Entering the solitude of Cottonwood Bottom (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked a shady and cool Krause Basin on a smokey Saturday, August 18, 2018!
They also discussed a bit of encouraging news for Krause Basin found in the Forest Service's recent response to Forest Plan Objections (look for a Swan View Coalition newsletter alert soon)!
Estes Lake amid glaciated bedrock! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked to Estes Lake on a smokey Saturday, August 11, 2018!
They hiked in from the Ferndale side and the Crane Mountain Road.
Click here for a map of the Estes Lake Trail.
Strawberry Lake from Alpine Trail #7! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers hiked to the divide between Strawberry and Wildcat Lakes on a sunny Saturday, August 4, 2018!
The vegetation is still very lush at higher elevations and many wildflowers are still in their prime!
Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail and Alpine Trail #7 heading east toward Wildcat Lake.
Alpine Trail #7 is just through this pass into Quintonkon Creek! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked up into the Red Owl Burn via the Peterson Creek Trail on a sunny Saturday, July 28, 2018!
They lunched and turned around about a mile shy of Alpine Trail #7, where the lunchtime views are the best!
Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.
Twin Lakes seen from Alpine Trail #7! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked across Jewel Basin on a sunny Saturday, July 21, 2018!
Tongue Mountain Trail #55 took them to a point overlooking Clayton Lake and looking back across the Basin at Mount Aeneas!
Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.
The Peters Ridge Trail is a short but steep jaunt to the Swan Crest! (Norma Linsky photos)
Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail on a sunny blue Saturday, July 14, 2018!
It is prime wildflower season on the Swan Crest!
Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.