Above the smoke at 7,400 feet! (Keith Hammer photos)
Eight Swan Rangers hiked Sixmile Peak on a breezy Saturday, August 19, 2017!
They climbed above the valley smoke for outstanding 360-degree views!
Click here for a map of the Sixmile Trail.
A bit smokey in the Swan Valley . . .
. . . but clear views of the Flathead Valley, Flathead Lake and Swan Lake from the peak!
Looking south along the Swan Crest with Hall Peak in the left foreground, Swan Peak far right of center and straight across the Bob Marshall Wilderness!
Looking past Mount Orvis Evans at left to the south end of Jewel Basin, with the pointy Big Hawk Mountain at right.
Looking east down Quintonkon Creek past Hungry Horse Reservor (can you spot it?) and the Flathead Range into Glacier Park!
The Rangers had a friendly seed- and bug-eating bird visit them on the peak, perhaps a female horned lark?
Fall colors are starting to appear at higher elevations, perhaps accelerated by the summer drought!
The Rangers figured it was the 3,400 feet elevation gain, not age, that turned 4.6 miles into three hours!
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!