Swan Lake, Flathead Lake and Flathead Valley (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Sixmile Lookout Trail on a sunny Saturday, July 7, 2018!
Most continued on past Alpine Trail #7 to fantastic views from Sixmile Peak!
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Syringa/mock orange along the roadside! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Road and Trail on a "here comes the rain" Saturday, June 30, 2018!
The Forest Service opened the road gate for the summer season today, shortening the hike by two miles, but you'll miss the sweet smell of the syringa unless you roll your window down!
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Rainy day view of the Flathead Valley! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Road on another soggy Saturday, June 23, 2018!
This time they were smart enough to avoid a wet, brushy trail and keep their feet dry!
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Showery view of Flathead, Mud and Echo Lakes. (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers hiked up the Crater Notch Trail on a soggy Saturday, June 16, 2018!
They turned around atop the first knob, known as the first lunch spot, where a chilly wind was blowing!
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Here come the afternoon rainshowers! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fifteen Swan Rangers hiked to Strawberry Lake on a showers-pending Saturday, June 9, 2018!
The ice is mostly gone and the lake is ready for swimming!
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Bond Falls is running a second channel! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked to Bond Falls on a sunny Saturday, June 2, 2018!
Streams are running high and the falls is running a second channel!
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A view of Flathead, Echo and Mud Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail on a beautiful Saturday, May 19, 2018!
They also cleared a dozen deadfall from the trail in the burned area, to where the traverse above the last switchback finally hits snowpack!
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Flathead Lake viewed from the lower slopes of "The Knob!" (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers hiked "The Knob" in Krause Basin on a sunny Saturday, May 12, 2018!
They topped out at 4,000 feet elevation in their quest to avoid deep snow and high waters!
A view up Wolf Creek Canyon, where the ticks really get thick! (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers hiked the Echo Broken Leg Trail on a mostly sunny Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, 2018!
They turned around at Windy Point after the tick count had reached into the dozens, leaving the tickiest stretch to Wolf Creek for another day!
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Smoke from spring burning limits the view of Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked Crane Creek on a sunny but hazy Saturday, April 28, 2018!