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Swan Ranger Outing Reports

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!

You can also visit the archives of our December 2006 - July 2012 Swan Ranger Outing Reports. 


This article published on March 07, 2012 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Switchback Trail!

A view of Flathead, Echo and Mud Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)

Five Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail on a beautiful Saturday, May 19, 2018!

They also cleared a dozen deadfall from the trail in the burned area, to where the traverse above the last switchback finally hits snowpack!

Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.



This article published on May 19, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike “The Knob!”

Flathead Lake viewed from the lower slopes of "The Knob!" (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked "The Knob" in Krause Basin on a sunny Saturday, May 12, 2018!

They topped out at 4,000 feet elevation in their quest to avoid deep snow and high waters!



This article published on May 12, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Troll for Ticks!

A view up Wolf Creek Canyon, where the ticks really get thick! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked the Echo Broken Leg Trail on a mostly sunny Saturday, Cinco de Mayo, 2018!

They turned around at Windy Point after the tick count had reached into the dozens, leaving the tickiest stretch to Wolf Creek for another day!

Click here for a map of the Echo Broken Leg Trail.



This article published on May 05, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Crane Creek!

Smoke from spring burning limits the view of Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers hiked Crane Creek on a sunny but hazy Saturday, April 28, 2018!

They hiked to the mouth of Crane Creek via the Flathead Lake Interpretive Trail, then crossed it higher up on the way to the Phillips Trail overlook!

 

 



This article published on April 28, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Estes Lake!

A view of Flathead Lake and Woods Bay. (Keith Hammer photos)

Five Swan Rangers hiked to Estes Lake from Woods Bay on a pleasant Saturday, April 21, 2018!

It was the first snow-free hike of the year with the first sighting of wildflowers!

 



This article published on April 21, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Johnson Creek Road!

"One mile at a time" or "we're #1?" (Joel Vignere photos)

Six Swan Rangers hiked the Johnson Creek Road on a warm and partly sunny Saturday, April 14, 2018!

Warm and partly sunny being gracious terms for this April in Montana!

 



This article published on April 14, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Snowshoe North Krause!

You have to cross South Krause to get to North Krause! (Keith Hammer photos)

Eight Swan Rangers hiked and snowshoed up North Krause Creek while three skied at Blacktail Mountain Nordic Trails on Saturday, April 7, 2018!

Hiking on the hard pack got a little iffy as the day warmed up and the snow softened!

 



This article published on April 07, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Still Seeking Spring!

Arriving at Wolf Creek! (Keith Hammer photos)

Seven Swan Rangers went seeking signs of Spring on a frigid Saturday, March 31, 2018!

They found several interesting things while hiking on frozen boiler plate snow to Wolf Creek!

 



This article published on March 31, 2018 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Ski Black Cottontail!

Streams are starting to thaw! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

Three Swan Rangers skied Cottonwood Bottom while six skied Blacktail Mountain Nordic Trails on a sunny-squally Saturday, March 24, 2018!

No bear tracks seen yet, but you might want to watch out for the wolverine in Krause Basin we've nicknamed "Bigfoot!"

 



This article published on March 24, 2018 • [Permalink]


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