Checking out a big fallen tree! (Keith Hammer photos)
It was an informative alternative to sucking in wildfire smoke on steeper trails!
Click here for a map and information on Friends of the Wild Swan and their Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail.
Sunrise over the Swan Range viewed from the Echo Lake Cafe!
The trail passes through old-growth larch, ponderosa pine, Douglas fir, and spruce . . .
. . . and has a resting bench made by artist Steve Kelly! (thanks to Stuart Cole for snapping this photo)
The trail includes signs both directional . . .
. . . and interpretive!
A pileated woodpecker has been excavating ants from their galleries in this dead spruce tree!
An interesting burl on a grand fir tree!
A short walk from the trailhead in the opposite direction is the Swan River and Point Pleasant Campground . . .
. . . where white water buttercups, water skippers and other aquatic life like to hang out!
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!