Swan Rangers Hike Strawberry Lake!


A view of the Flathead Valley from near Strawberry Lake! (Debra Schweitzer photos)

Five Swan Rangers hiked to Strawberry Lake on a foggy-turned-sunny Saturday, August 31, 2019!

A few other Rangers were off-grid camping and hiking in the Galton Range and hence this late report!

Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail.


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This article published on September 02, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Bear-Wolf-Elk!


Sittin' on the dock of the bay, above Elk Spring! (Keith Hammer photos)

Eleven Swan Rangers hiked a loop from Bear Creek to Wolf Creek, up to Elk Spring, and back down to Bear Creek on a partly cloudy Saturday, August 24, 2019!

It was a tour of bear scat and Huckleberry Heaven!

Sorry, there is no map of this partly off piste route. Really!


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Swan Rangers Hike Johnson Creek!


Good day to carry a rain coat? (Keith Hammer photos)

Eight Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Johnson Creek on a still-unsettled-weather Saturday, August 17, 2019!

Their hike was cut short not by the weather but by subdivision of private lands once open to public recreation!


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Swan Rangers Hike Krause Basin!


Rangers at South Krause Creek. (Keith Hammer photos)

Eight Swan Rangers hiked a loop in Krause Basin on a damp-turned-sunny-before-more-thundershowers-arrive Saturday, August 10, 2019!

They opted to check out the little stuff and stay off the high ridges with lightning in the forecast!


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Swan Rangers Hike Beardance!


Wild Horse Island and Flathead Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)

Sixteen Swan Rangers hiked the Beardance Trail on a hot Saturday, August 3, 2019!

It's a shady trail with great views of Flathead Lake!

Click here for a map of the Beardance Trail.


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This article published on August 03, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Tongue Mountain!


Clayton Lake and Pioneer Ridge viewed from Tongue Mountain (Keith Hammer photos)

Ten Swan Rangers hiked Tongue Mountain on a breezy Saturday, July 27, 2019!

The hike is a tour of the northern part of Jewel Basin with views of mountains, lakes, and wildflowers galore!

Click here for a map of Jewel Basin Hiking Area.


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Swan Rangers Hike Bee Notch!


View of Echo Lake, Flathead Lake and the switchbacks from Bee Notch. (Keith Hammer photos)

Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail to the Swan Crest's Bee Notch on a sunny Saturday, July 20, 2019!

With wildflowers in full bloom, the bees were busy flying pollen and nectar over the Swan Crest!

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Swan Rangers Hike Red Owl!


View of the Flathead Valley from Red Owl Burn. (Keith Hammer photos)

Three Swan Rangers hiked the Red Owl Burn on a started-with-thundershowers Saturday, July 13, 2019!

The thundershowers diminished as forecast and the Rangers enjoyed the Burn safely and in full sunshine!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail.


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This article published on July 13, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Bond with Llamas!


Bond Falls (Keith Hammer photos)

Eleven Swan Rangers hiked to Bond Falls on a sunny Saturday, July 6, where they saw some interesting looking pack llamas!

Nightime thundershowers missed the area so the Rangers even kept their feet dry!

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This article published on July 06, 2019 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Switchback, then Malfunction!


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

Ten Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail to Malfunction Junction on a glorious Saturday, June 29, 2019!

Malfunction Junction was very busy with Jewel Basin hikers, but the Rangers had Switchback all to themselves!

Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.


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This article published on June 29, 2019 • [Permalink]


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