Entering the solitude of Cottonwood Bottom (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked a shady and cool Krause Basin on a smokey Saturday, August 18, 2018!
They also discussed a bit of encouraging news for Krause Basin found in the Forest Service's recent response to Forest Plan Objections (look for a Swan View Coalition newsletter alert soon)!
Do all the Rangers have great tans or is that the effect of the smokey early morning light?
At the first crossing of Krause Creek, the south and middle forks have already joined together.
The second crossing is of the middle fork alone, which flows clear and cold from Strawberry Lake!
Devil's club looks so pretty from a distance . . .
. . . and so nasty close up!
Pine drops seem to thrive in Krause Basin!
Spotted knapweed, an invasive species and part of the legacy of logging and road acess.
Bonfires, party sites and trash are also part of the motorized access legacy, but it's never too late to do something about it!
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!