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.
Looking down Quintonkon Creek to Hungry Horse Reservoir. (Keith Hammer photos)
Seven Swan Rangers hiked Sixmile Peak on an atmospheric Saturday, September 7, 2019!
They went seeking clarity and were fortunate enough to find some!
Click here for a map of the Sixmile Trail.
A view of the Flathead Valley from near Strawberry Lake! (Debra Schweitzer photos)
Five Swan Rangers hiked to Strawberry Lake on a foggy-turned-sunny Saturday, August 31, 2019!
A few other Rangers were off-grid camping and hiking in the Galton Range and hence this late report!
Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail.
Sittin' on the dock of the bay, above Elk Spring! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked a loop from Bear Creek to Wolf Creek, up to Elk Spring, and back down to Bear Creek on a partly cloudy Saturday, August 24, 2019!
It was a tour of bear scat and Huckleberry Heaven!
Sorry, there is no map of this partly off piste route. Really!
Good day to carry a rain coat? (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Johnson Creek on a still-unsettled-weather Saturday, August 17, 2019!
Their hike was cut short not by the weather but by subdivision of private lands once open to public recreation!
Rangers at South Krause Creek. (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Krause Basin on a damp-turned-sunny-before-more-thundershowers-arrive Saturday, August 10, 2019!
They opted to check out the little stuff and stay off the high ridges with lightning in the forecast!
Wild Horse Island and Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)
Sixteen Swan Rangers hiked the Beardance Trail on a hot Saturday, August 3, 2019!
It's a shady trail with great views of Flathead Lake!
Click here for a map of the Beardance Trail.