The old DNRC road is a pleasant Fall hike on a wet, low cloud cover day! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the closed DNRC road linking Jewel Basin Road to Brosten Lane on a cloud-birthing Saturday, September 21, 2019!
Trees were birthing new clouds from nighttime rainwater, as plant life continues to mature into Fall!
New clouds rise from the forested hillsides to join with the cloud ceiling above.
Removal of the big Birch Creek culverts keeps motor vehicles off the DNRC road, but the slippery rocks . . .
. . . make the Rangers smile and happy to still be alive!
Some flowers mostly gone to seed still are pushing out new flowers, like this St. Johnswort . . .
. . . and mullein.
Others seem content to just be getting around to it, like this purple clover . . .
. . . and yellow jewelweed/pale touch me not!
Wild raspberry changing to its fall colors.
Tracks of a bear with young tagging along!
Looks like this big bear got into somebody's grain bin!
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!