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Swan Rangers Hike Wildcat Divide!

Strawberry Lake from Alpine Trail #7! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked to the divide between Strawberry and Wildcat Lakes on a sunny Saturday, August 4, 2018!

The vegetation is still very lush at higher elevations and many wildflowers are still in their prime!

Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail and Alpine Trail #7 heading east toward Wildcat Lake.


Fresh as daisies at the Strawberry Lake trailhead!


There are some interesting trees along the traverse to Strawberry Lake, including this mangled double tree . . .


. . . and this old sentinel cloaked in lichen!


The traverse also offers nice views of Strawberry Mountain.


The basin around Strawberry Lake and the north slopes along Alpine Trail #7 are lush with cow parsnip, elderberry . . .


. . . and seed-laden false helebore!


The Rangers hiked just far enough beyond the divide to get a glimps of Wildcat Lake far below . . .


. . . and Wildcat Basin, with the high point of Infinity Ridge at far right!


There's one slender stalk of wild hollyhock if you look closely along the traverse to Strawberry Lake, but this huge clump is on full display behind the Krause Basin Nature Trail signboard a quarter-mile down the road from the Strawberry Lake trailhead . . .


. . . and the bumble bees are loving 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!

This article published on August 04, 2018 • [Permalink]