Swan Rangers Hike and Brush Peterson Creek Trail

Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail Saturday, July 28, and cleared it of brush as far as the Quintonkin Creek divide.

After night time thunderstorms, the skies remained cool early in the day as the Rangers cleared evergreen ceanothus and other brush from the trail, especially where it traverses the old Red Owl burn.

After lunch at Rocky Point, half the Rangers returned and half continued on to the Quintokin Creek divide - watching a male blue grouse in full display along the way! Watch a short video of this colorful display here and listen to the call of the blue grouse here.

Many thanks to the Rangers that helped with the brushing work in such a remote location!

Before and after Swan Rangers in Service!

Looking north along the Swan Crest to Peters Ridge and Blaine Mountain.

A male blue grouse in full display!

The south end of Broken Leg Mountain is indeed "broken!"

Outing photos by Keith Hammer.

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!

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