Swan Rangers Hike Tongue Mountain

Atop Tongue Mountain (Roger Benson photo).

Fourteen Swan Rangers broke into two groups and hiked to Tongue Mountain in Jewel Basin Saturday, August 4.

One group returned early while the other continued down Tongue Mountain to overlook Clayton Lake, topping the mountain on their return.

It was a wonderful, sunny day with skies clear enough to see the Cabinet Mountains far to the west near the Montana/Idaho border!

It's that time of summer where wildflowers are fading in some places while freshly blooming near the last of the snowbanks.

It's an easy grade along the trail through the notch by Twin Lakes.

Twin Lakes.

Alpine Trail #7 passing through wonderful meadows.

Tongue Mountain is a gallery of wildflowers (Bob Muth photo).

Headed home.

Outing photos by Keith Hammer unless otherwise noted.

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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