Welcome to the Swan Range

The northern Swan Range -- home to the Jewel Basin Hiking Area and Alpine Trail No. 7, is the rugged backyard and scenic backdrop of the Flathead Valley. From Inspriation Pass to Columbia Mountain, the northern Swan supports our unique way of life and contributes much to the natural beauty and economic prosperity of the entire Flathead Valley. This website is dedicated to the enjoyment and appreciation of the northern Swan Range. Now is the time to act for the future of the Swan.


This article published on March 07, 2012 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Peterson Creek Trail!

Peterson Creek Trail crossing the Red Owl burn! (Keith Hammer photos)

Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peterson Creek Trail on Saturday, July 25, with most turning around after lunch in the Red Owl burn and a few continuing on to the Quintonkon divide!

There were great views, laughs and ripe huckleberries to be had along the way!

Click here for a map of the Peterson Creek Trail!

 



This article published on July 25, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Jewel Basin!

Clayton Lake viewed from Tongue Mountain, with Pioneer Ridge beyond. (Roger Benson photo)

Eighteen Swan Rangers broke into smaller groups and hiked Jewel Basin on Saturday, July 18, with most hiking out Tongue Mountain to overlook Clayton Lake!

The groups found wildflowers and wild bees galore at higher elevations, whether on Tongue Mountain or along Alpine 7 above Jewel Lakes!

Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.

 



This article published on July 18, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Swan Oxbow Preserve!

Swan Rangers at the Swan River Oxbow Preserve kiosk. (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked The Nature Conservancy's Swan River Oxbow Reserve on Saturday, July 11, while one lone Ranger hiked to Sixmile Peak for a little more elevation and lung exercise!

While the wetlands trails didn't readily offer up any of the rare and threatened water howellia, they did offer up a variety of wonderful plant and tree species, seasoned with a healthy dose of mosquitos!

The Rangers first visited this pair of nature trails on February 28, vowing to return sans snow and high water!

 



This article published on July 11, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Peters Ridge and Lamoose!

View of Peters Ridge, Echo Lake and Flathead Lake from the Swan Crest! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted).

Thirteen Swan Rangers hiked the Peters Ridge Trail and cleared it of deadfall on Saturday, July 4, and five continued on to Lamoose Lake!

What better way to celebrate Independence Day than a hike in our treasured public lands?

Click here for a map of the Peters Ridge Trail.

 



This article published on July 04, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Celebrate 500th Outing!

The Rangers toast 500 fun outings in the Swan Range! (Keith Hammer photos)

Twenty-three Swan Rangers celebrated the group's 500th Saturday outing at Elk Springs on June 27, 2015!

The first outing was to Elk Springs in November of 2005, but it didn't include champagne laced with homemade huckleberry wine!

The average group size has grown from 4 to 14 over the years and, with 474 different folks coming and going, averages nearly one new person each Saturday!

 



This article published on June 27, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Jewel Basin!

A mountain goat along the skyline of Mount Aeneas (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)

Nineteen Swan Rangers broke into several ragtag groups, hiking Mount Aeneas and other parts of Jewel Basin on Saturday, June 20, 2015!

A lone Ranger hiked past Twin Lakes, stopping short of descending snowy slopes to Wildcat Lake, and has kindly shared his photos here!

This was the 499th outing for the Swan Rangers, dating back to November of 2005. Stay tuned for champagne and treats on #500, June 27!

Click here for a map of the Jewel Basin Hiking Area.

 



This article published on June 20, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Hike Upper Holland and Strawberry!

Rangers at Upper Holland Lake! (Susan Brueggeman photo)

Sixteen Swan Rangers broke into two groups and hiked to Upper Holland Lake and Strawberry Lake on Saturday, June 13, 2015!

The Swan Range is the eastern border of the Flathead and Swan Valleys - and all three have so many gorgeous lakes!

This was the 498th outing for the Swan Rangers, dating back to November of 2005. Stay tuned for champagne and treats on #500, June 27!

Click here for a map of the Strawberry Lake Trail and click here for a map showing Trails #415 and #35 to Upper Holland Lake starting on the north side of (Lower) Holland Lake (better hiking, less horse poop).

 



This article published on June 13, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Ascend Switchback Trail!

Sun, sky and a smattering of Swan Rangers! (Keith Hammer photos except Mt. Aeneas view)

Nineteen Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail up to Alpine Trail #7 on a sunny Saturday, June 6, 2015!

Two continued up from Malfunction Junction to the top of Mt. Aeneas!

Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail and click here for a map of Jewel Basin.

 



This article published on June 06, 2015 • [Permalink]


Swan Rangers Enjoy Rare Rainy Day!

The Swan River and Swan Mountains in nifty shades of gray. (Keith Hammer photos)

Eight Swan Rangers spent a wonderfully rainy Saturday, May 30, hiking along the Swan River just upstream from Bigfork, MT!

It was the first truly rainy day in many weeks, though likely not enough to keep the paltry 0.11 inches of precipitation this May from breaking the record low of 0.23 in 2001!

Texas should feel free to send us some more of its excess!

 



This article published on May 30, 2015 • [Permalink]


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