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Swan Rangers Hike Sprunger-Whitney Trail!

(Elmer Sprunger artwork, Keith Hammer photos)


Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail on a sunny morning before big afternoon thunderstorms Saturday, May 25, 2019!

Wildflowers are yet to peak, so visit this old-growth forest trail soon!

Click here for more information on Friends of the Wild Swan's Sprunger-Whitney Nature Trail.

Nature lovers, one and all!


Though the plentiful lupine is yet to bloom, it is nonetheless collecting its customary droplets of rainwater . . . 


. . . as little jewels!


Meadow rue, however, is in full bloom - and yes that is a lupine flower spike about to bloom in the background!


The area has lots of big trees both live and dead . . .


. . . and pays homage to the great value of dead trees in the forest ecosystem.


What do you suppose lives in these little burrows?


Rest your weary bones or simply enjoy the birdsong while sitting on this bench by Steve Kelly!


Last butt not least, a black bear clears the highway guardrail in Ferndale!


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!

This article published on May 25, 2019 • [Permalink]