Swan Rangers Enjoy 50% Precipitation 100%!


A 50% view of the Flathead Valley! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers enjoyed a 50% chance of precipitation 100% while hiking the Bear Creek Road and Peterson Creek Trail as far as Patterson Creek on Saturday, June 28, 2014!

They never did find that "sucker hole" of blue sky that drifted by the Cafe during breakfast, but had a good time getting wet together anyway!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail and Bear Creek Road.


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This article published on June 28, 2014 • [Permalink]


Tread Repaired in Switchback Trail 6/22/14!

Swan Rangers repaired two slumps in the Switchback Trail, cleared brush, and removed two deadfall logs - with many thanks to the guy with the chainsaw that recently cleared the rest of the dozens of deadfall!

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This article published on June 22, 2014 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers' Summer Solstice Switchbacks!

Switchback Trail offers great views of Mud, Echo and Flathead Lakes! (Keith Hammer photos)

Sixteen Swan Rangers hiked the 79-switchback Switchback Trail on Summer Solstice Saturday, June 21, 2014!

They broke into a couple groups, reached the junction with Alpine Trail #7, turned around due to the snow pack there, and hiked 79 switchbacks on the way down also!

Due to the switchbacks, this trail is of moderate grade and a pleasant way to gain elevation, great views, and some right-brain/left-brain exercise!

Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.


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This article published on June 21, 2014 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers' Sluggish Hike to Mission Lookout!


One of many slugs out in their element! (Keith Hammer photos)

Nine Swan Rangers hiked to Mission Lookout on a very rainy Saturday, June 14, 2014!

They were joined breifly by a couple dozen slugs, but they just couldn't keep up!

Parking at Highway 83 and Porcupine Road makes a nice 8-mile-round hike of what can otherwise be driven in summer.

Click here for information on locating or renting the Mission Lookout.


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This article published on June 14, 2014 • [Permalink]


Trail Tread Slumps Repaired on Strawberry Lake Trail 6/9/14

Swan Rangers repaired two major slumps in the Strawberry Lake Trail tread while a Forest Service chainsaw crew cleared large deadfall.

This article published on June 09, 2014 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Strawberry Lake!


 Stawberry Lake and Peak. (Keith Hammer photos)

Sixteen Swan Rangers hiked to a still-mostly-frozen-over Strawberry Lake on Saturday, June 7, 2014!

It's almost summer in the Swan Range - at least the parts that face directly South!

Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail.


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This article published on June 07, 2014 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Wolf Creek!


Looking up Wolf Creek Canyon along the Echo - Broken Leg Trail (Keith Hammer photos)

Twelve Swan Rangers hiked up Wolf Creek Canyon on a "hummer" of a day Saturday, May 31, 2014!

They saw two hummingbirds posing for photos and a wide variety of wildflowers!

Water is high and snow pack begins just beyond the Wolf Creek Crossing, but there is a downed spruce tree serving as a foot bridge just upstream of the trail.

Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.


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This article published on May 31, 2014 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Switchback Trail!


Flathead Lake seen through the clouds. (Roger Benson photos).

Eight Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail on Saturday, May 24, managing to dodge the rain showers!

They hiked up to the remaining snowpack, seeing three blue grouse and lots of trillium and glacier lilies along the way.

Many thanks go out to Jim V., who cleared the trail of many a large blow-down tree the week prior!

Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail. It actually shows almost all of the 79 switchbacks!


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This article published on May 25, 2014 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Broken Loop!


Wetlands under gray sky. (Keith Hammer photos)

Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked a loop among the wetlands below the Echo - Broken Leg Trail on Saturday, May 17, 2014!

They saw ducks, geese, deer, and other critters - and didn't get rained on!

Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.


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This article published on May 17, 2014 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Estes Lake and Beyond!


The magical land beyond Estes Lake! (Keith Hammer photos)

Once upon a time (Saturday, May 10, 2014 to be exact) ten Swan Rangers hiked to Estes Lake and beyond!


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This article published on May 10, 2014 • [Permalink]


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