Swan Rangers Hike and Clear Sixmile Trail!

Sixmile offers great views long before reaching the peak! (Keith Hammer photos)

Seventeen Swan Rangers hiked Sixmile Lookout Trail on Saturday, July 12, with ten continuing on to the peak!

Beargrass blooms are awsome, the Forest Service cleared the trail to Alpine 7, and the Rangers cleared deadfall from there to the top!

Only a few patches of snow remain on the trail and the numerous streams are running clear and cool!

Click here for a map of the Sixmile Lookout Trail.

Beargrass blooms are in their prime at mid- to high elevations, and it's an exceptional year for them!

Absolutely precious!

Monkeyflower along the stream banks!

Thimbleberry blossoms.

I know it's kind of late to ask, but isn't that Sixmile Peak over there?

No, the sign says this is the one - and that's Hall Peak near-left, Thunderbolt Mountain center-left, and Swan Peak center-right in the smokey distance!

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 July 12, 2014 • [Permalink]