Clouds rebirthing from wet trees along the Swan Range. (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked around Noisy Creek on the Foothills Ski Area on a rainy Saturday, October 5, 2019!
There are a lot of trees blown down by last weekend's storm, so be aware when going out to hike your favorite trail!
The Foothills Ski Area/Bigfork Community Nordic Center is managed by North Shore Nordic, so check their web site for maps and to learn how you can donate or help maintain their trails!
Rangers happy they aren't lost in the clouds up there somewhere!
Though they didn't bring a map, the Rangers were pretty sure they were somewhere near Noisy Creek!
Fall colors sprucing up an old logging unit.
This young western larch decided to turn yellow from the top down this year . . .
. . . while the ferns decided on brown rather than their sometimes golden.
Lots of blow-down trees took the "piece of cake" out of the "cakewalk" . . .
. . . while all the woodpecker holes must have made this snag impervious to wind-throw!
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!