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Swan Rangers Hike Peterson Road and Trail!

Syringa/mock orange along the roadside! (Keith Hammer photos)

Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Road and Trail on a "here comes the rain" Saturday, June 30, 2018!

The Forest Service opened the road gate for the summer season today, shortening the hike by two miles, but you'll miss the sweet smell of the syringa unless you roll your window down!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Road and Trail.


The Rangers gather at the road gates for a mile of dry-feet hiking before hitting the trail itself!


Bog orchids take advantage of the road ditches that hold back some water!


A peek at Flathead Lake!


The first stream crossing the trail is an easy step-across . . .


. . . but the second stream offered up a challenge and several wet feet!


Higher up, the trail passes through ponderosa pine, Indian paintbrush and mariposa lilies!


This log was the butt of some joke about fungus!


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 June 30, 2018 • [Permalink]