On this page you'll find reports and photos of our every-Saturday Swan Ranger Outings.
JUST CLICK ON EACH REPORT'S "(Read Full Article)" LINK TO SEE THE PHOTOS AND THE FULL REPORT!
Glimpses of Flathead Lake beyond Ferndale and Crane Mountain. (Keith Hammer photos except one)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail on a balmy Saturday, November 9, 2019!
Most made it up to snow line and the junction with the Sidehill Trail!
Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.
Ice over North Krause Creek (Keith Hammer photos, Joni Mitchell tune "Both Sides Now")
Nine Swan Rangers hiked to a Joni Mitchell tune in Krause Basin on Saturday, November 2, 2019!
Snow on the ground told wonderful stories through wildlife tracks!
Smoke on the water, clouds in th sky! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers hiked the Swan River Nature Trail on a slushy Saturday, October 26, 2019!
The sleet let up and it was a great walk for seeing waterfowl and golden larch trees!
Click here for information about the Swan River Nature Trail.
Wolf Creek! (Norma Linsky photos)
Six Swan Rangers hiked and cleared blowdown from the old road between Bear and Wolf creeks on a gray Saturday, October 19, 2019!
It was a great outing, especially considering the wintery forecast!
Whittling away with hand tools! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers cleared fallen trees from trails in Krause Basin on a sunny Saturday, October 12, 2019!
Big windstorms the past two weeks blew a lot of trees down. Since 2011, Swan Rangers in Service have pitched in 1,054 hours of trail maintenance via a volunteer agreement with the Swan Lake Ranger District!
Clouds rebirthing from wet trees along the Swan Range. (Keith Hammer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked around Noisy Creek on the Foothills Ski Area on a rainy Saturday, October 5, 2019!
There are a lot of trees blown down by last weekend's storm, so be aware when going out to hike your favorite trail!
The Foothills Ski Area/Bigfork Community Nordic Center is managed by North Shore Nordic, so check their web site for maps and to learn how you can donate or help maintain their trails!
North Shore of Flathead Lake with Swan Range in background. (Keith Hammer photos)
Four Swan Rangers strolled the north shore of Flathead Lake to watch a forecast record-breaking winter storm roll in on Saturday, September 28, 2019!
It was a bit breezy - enough to delay this report due to a 5-hour power outage that was the second outage of the day!
The old DNRC road is a pleasant Fall hike on a wet, low cloud cover day! (Keith Hammer photos)
Ten Swan Rangers hiked the closed DNRC road linking Jewel Basin Road to Brosten Lane on a cloud-birthing Saturday, September 21, 2019!
Trees were birthing new clouds from nighttime rainwater, as plant life continues to mature into Fall!
Looking up Wolf Creek Canyon from Windy Point. (Keith Hammer photos)
Nine Swan Rangers hiked to Lunch Rock in Wolf Creek Canyon on Saturday, September 14, 2019!
It was a great day to observe late-summer plant life going to seed!
Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.