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Swan Rangers Hike Johnson Creek Road!

A sunny day sandwiched between rainy weeks! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Johnson Creek Road on a sunny Saturday, April 22, 2017!

The logging road leaves Hwy 83 just north of the Bigfork Gun Club, is closed to motor vehicles and provides access to the area between Broken Leg and Sixmile mountains - thanks to the gracious access provided by Stoltze Land and Lumber Company.

It eventually joins with the Forest Service's Sixmile Sidehill Trail to Weed Lake at its west end, though this map does not show the road!

The south end of Broken Leg Mountain, with the Red Owl burn at left.


Sixmile Mountain with the peak at the top!


Sure signs of Spring include cottonwood buds opening . . . 


. . . glacier lilies . . .


. . . and ticks!


Black alpine sedge awaits those with a good eye better than I! (Pat Jaquith photo)


The Swan Rangers meet every Saturday at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast at 8:30, leaving at 9:30 for a partial day outing in the northern Swan Mountains and foothills. (Note: breakfast and leave times will shift an hour earlier May 6).

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 April 22, 2017 • [Permalink]