Public Hike at Coal Ridge

iStock_000014656020LargeWhere: Coal Ridge, Moran Creek Trail
When: 8:30 AM

When we read about this event on the Community Calendar, we knew we had to share it! What a wonderful way to get out into nature—and learn a lot about where we call home.
“Join Chantelle Delay, Flathead Forest Botanist, and Sonja Hartman, Glacier National Park Nursery Manager, for a moderately strenuous hike on the Moran Creek trail in the North Fork District of the Flathead National Forest.

The trail climbs gradually through a diverse forest and flora, until reaching the open bowl below Coal Ridge, to view a white bark pine forest. The group may choose to continue up the last steep ascent to the ridgetop and the fire lookout, for beautiful views. The total mileage round trip is 6 miles. Along with other lovely native plants, it is anticipated to see Rhododendron albiflorum in bloom on the way, a plant that is found in the Flathead National Forest but is not listed for Glacier National Park. Be prepared for a possibly muddy, wet trail with a few small streams. Meet in Columbia Falls at Smith’s around 830am. Please call Sonja at 270-0756 for carpooling information and details.”

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