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Swan Rangers Look from Both Sides Now!

View of Flathead, Mud and Echo Lakes from the Switchback Trail! (Keith Hammer photos)

Swan Rangers enjoyed both sides of the Swan Range in the week ending Saturday, June 27, 2020!

Click here or scroll down for their photos and details!

While the Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic, we will get a report out each week with items of interest to folks trying to get outside for some "social distancing" and spirit-calming fresh air.


Keith and Pam hiked the Switchback Trail on a sunny Wednesday and again on a cloudy Saturday with Chris and Fawn. Cottonwoods at the trailhead are going to seed/cotton . . .


. . . but are just leafing out 2,500' higher up at the juction with Alpine Trail #7! (Keith Hammer photos)


This cedar waxwing showed off his cool sunglasses . . .


. . . while Keith and Chris showed off their trail rebuilding skills where a blowndown tree took the trail with it! Another local cut the trail clear of downfall earlier in the week!


Keith took this photo of a Maraposa Lily being pollinated by a pretty beetle . . . 


. . . while Pat Jaquith found one with two extra petals! She and Mary were exploring the Pete's Ridge area near Kalispell . . .


. . . where Pat also photographed a northern blue butterfly!


Debra Schweitzer took this photo of Great Northern Mountain and Mount Grant in the Flathead Range while hiking to Firefighter Lookout with friends . . .


. . . where she also shot this nice view of Hungry Horse Reservoir and the eastern side of the Swan Range!


Keith and Pam also revisted a spot in Krause Basin where they are waiting for some round-leaved orchids to bloom, only to add some Pacific coralroot to their sightings of Striped and Spotted coralroots!

The Swan Ranger Saturday group outings remain suspended until further notice due to the coronavirus pandemic.

If you have interesting photos of your socially distant times outdoors, send them along with a description to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and we'll try to work them into these weekly reports!

This article published on June 27, 2020 • [Permalink]