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Swan Rangers Hike Across “The Jewel!”

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.

Fresh as daisies and ready to leave a hazy Flathead Valley behind for a while!


The first snowfield encountered had fresh mountain lions tracks!


Parts of Alpine Trail #7 are still under snow . . . 


. . . while other portions have thawed and are lined with glacier lilies . . .


. . . and pasque flowers!


This mama mountain goat and kid wanted nothing to do with the Rangers . . .


. . . while this goat nearly walked over the top of them getting reunited with her kid!


The tongue of Tongue Mountain offers a great lunch spot . . .


. . . with views of Clayton Lake and Pioneer Ridge and . . .


. . . brown-topped mountains Great Northern and Grant beyond Hungry Horse Reservoir!


Don't miss this view across Blackfoot Lake to Mount Aeneas. Can you see Black Lake and one of the Jewel Lakes as your eye moves down from the peak of Aeneas?


The Swan Rangers meet every Saturday at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast at 7:30, leaving at 8:30 for a partial day outing in the northern Swan Mountains and foothills.

They carpool from the Swan River School parking lot next to the Cafe.

When hiking in bear country, remember to carry bear spray and avoid the 3-D's: dawn, dusk, and darkness.

Everyone is welcome!

This article published on July 21, 2018 • [Permalink]