Alpine Trail #7 is just through this pass into Quintonkon Creek! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked up into the Red Owl Burn via the Peterson Creek Trail on a sunny Saturday, July 28, 2018!
They lunched and turned around about a mile shy of Alpine Trail #7, where the lunchtime views are the best!
Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.
The first mile of the trail is an old logging road but then . . .
. . . the trail quickly crosses Patterson Creek and switchbacks into the high country . . .
. . . where grouse like this one hang out, holding very still and pretending you can't see them!
The Red Owl Burn was cause by an abandoned but still-hot electrical cable at a house down in the valley bottom many years ago.
The burn offers great views of the Flathead Lake and Ferndale areas . . .
. . . as well as northward along the Swan Crest!
The Rangers had to dig up this old file photo to represent the tasty huckleberries they didn't see or pick along the Peterson Creek Trail today!
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!