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Swan Rangers Hike Elk Springs and Wolf Creek!

Don't you love the colors of bud sheaths and mountain maple leaves? (Keith Hammer photos)

Seven Swan Rangers hiked Elk Springs and Wolf Creek on a chilly, drippy Saturday, May 13, 2017!

Most encountered fresh snow near the source of Elk Springs, while two chose to check out the lower elevations of Wolf Creek!


Decision time: up to the fresh snow or lateral to Wolf Creek?


A fresh dusting of snow up Wolf Creek!


Wolf Creek is swollen with spring runoff . . .


. . . and a swollen Elk Springs is forming a nice cascade where it crosses the old Wolf Creek Road!


The woods are full of bird song! This one blends in while preening - perhaps a Cassin's Vireo?


The plants are a bit drippy from nighttime showers, like these clematis . . .


. . . and these currant blossoms!

Late-breaking news:

The Rangers that reached Elk Springs survived . . .


. . . and sent this view of Flathead Lake! (Norma Linsky photos)


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 13, 2017 • [Permalink]