Swan Rangers Hike Sixmile Mountain

Nine Swan Rangers hiked up Sixmile Mountain Saturday, July 21, under a beautiful sunny sky with cool breezes. It doesn't get much better than that!

Yesterday's rain cleared the air and the Rangers were able to see across the Bob Marshall Wilderness to peaks along the Rocky Mountain Front, not to mention peaks in Glacier National Park!

The Sixmile Trail up to Alpine Trail #7 had been cleared by chain saw and the Rangers cleared almost all the dead-fall and leaners from there on up to the peak. The entire trail is free of snow, a bit of a pleasant surprise!

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It seems to be all uphill to Sixmile Peak, starting right at the car door!

But the views of Swan Lake and Flathead Lake are well worth it!

The series of lush avalanche chutes in Quintokin Creek provide excellent grizzly bear habitat!

Monkeyflower inhabits wet areas on the hike up . . . 

. . . while spirea likes the drier slopes near the peak!

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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