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Swan Rangers Hike Peter-Patter Loop!

This photo of an early Swan Ranger outing hangs in the Echo Lake Cafe!

Eight Swan Rangers hiked a loop in the Peterson and Patterson Creeks area on a fresh-snow Saturday, December 16, 2017!

Five miles, a little bushwhack, and two crossings of each of the two creeks gets you back to where you started!

Click here for a non-existent map of the loop.


Modern day Swan Rangers wear their holiday colors . . .


. . . and then some!


Creek crossing on a very skinny, snowy log!


Ice critters!


Bug galleries show why woodpeckers pry the bark of dead trees!


This flying bug was enjoying the fresh snow too!


The last bit of the old road is so grown over it is easier to bushwhack up the hillside!



The Swan Rangers meet every Saturday at the Echo Lake Cafe for breakfast at 8:30, leaving at 9:30 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 December 16, 2017 • [Permalink]