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Swan Rangers Hike Broken Leg Trail!

Snack break at Windy Point! (Susan Foster photo)

Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Echo-Broken Leg Trail as far as Windy Point on a balmy Saturday, May 6, 2017!

This south-facing trail is a great one for early season wildflowers and ticks!

Click here for a map of the Echo-Broken Leg Trail.


Rangers and a swollen Birch Creek! (Keith Hammer photos here and below)


The shadier Deer Creek!


Two calypso orchids poised to scare passing hikers!


A glacier lily catches some early morning light!


Blue-eyed Mary flowers.


Newly opened mountain maple leaves.


That little knot-head will unfurl even more leaves on this meadow rue!


It takes a hot, south slope to find Indian paint brush blooming this early in the season!


Wrong season? This seed pod is releasing its seeds as you'd usually see in the Fall!


Nobody home as this insect moved on after shedding its skin!


A view of Mud Lake, Echo Lake and Flathead Lake!


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 May 06, 2017 • [Permalink]