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.
Overlooking Echo and Flathead Lakes from Peters Ridge Road! (Keith Hammer photos)
Seventeen Swan Rangers hiked up Krause Creek and down Peters Ridge Road on a sunny Saturday, April 30, 2016!
They encountered only a little snow, lots of wildflowers and a lot of winter deadfall across the old Krause Basin road!
Big trees in the fog! (Keith Hammer photos)
Sixteen Swan Rangers hiked the Switchback Trail on a foggy, but better than rainy, Saturday, April 23!
They encountered enough snow to turn back only a few switchbacks into the old burn area.
Click here for a map of the Switchback Trail.
A pileated woodpecker peers out from its nesting hole! (Keith Hammer photos unless otherwise noted)
Twenty-five Swan Rangers broke into two groups and hiked Krause Basin on Saturday, April 16, 2016!
One group braved deeper snow and came across bear tracks while the other group stayed dry and came across nesting pileated woodpeckers!
Flathead Lake's Woods Bay seen from below Estes Lake. (Keith Hammer photos)
Seventeen Swan Rangers hiked from Woods Bay to Estes Lake on a warm, sunny Saturday, April 9!
Wildflowers are beginning to bloom in the sunny, rocky areas of Crane Mountain, with temps hitting the 70s!
The trail to Bond Lake gets pretty snowy beyond Bond Falls! (Norma Linsky photo)
Seventeen Swan Rangers hiked to Bond Falls on a sunny Saturday, April 2, 2016!
From there on the trail gets pretty snowy!
Click here for a map of the Bond Creek Trail.
Decision time where the road rounds the ridge into Wolf Creek. (Keith Hammer photo)
Fifteen Swan Rangers hiked the old Bear Creek Road on Saturday, March 26, with most continuing up the ridge toward Elk Spring a little ways and a few further!
The road is clear of snow until the ridge, then snow covered around the north side of the ridge toward Wolf Creek - and even deeper up the ridge toward Elk Spring!
The Rangers pose on Windy Point! (Fawn Simensen photo)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Echo - Broken Leg Trail on a sunny Saturday, March 19, 2016!
They lunched at Windy Point and only a few trekked further as the trail got snowier.
Click here for a map of the Echo - Broken Leg Trail.
A view of Flathead Lake from "the overlook!" (Keith Hammer photos)
Eleven Swan Rangers hiked the Phillips Trail on Saturday, March 12, 2016!
The trail is free of snow as far as "the overlook" and the Rangers somehow managed the hike between rain showers!
Click here for a map of the Phillips Trail.
Mostly bare ground with scattered patches of snow - down low! (Keith Hammer photos)
Fourteen Swan Rangers hiked a loop on old roads in the Peterson and Patterson Creek areas on Saturday, March 5, 2014!
Spring was in the air, robins and varied thrush were in the trees, and there were bear tracks in the snow!